A Photo Journal To Teach Your Children What is Unsafe Toxic For Animal Friends & Pets To Eat

Day 6 of 30 Day Challenge

April 6, 2011 Day 6 of the Hubpages Challenge

Today's hubpage will be something new that I've never done before. I've seen many wonderful photo-journals. Simply a page filled with photographs revolving around a theme, like architecture, faces, portraits, quilting, clothing, textures, lamps, landscapes or any other subject.


A PHOTO JOURNAL ON PET FOODS

The photos presented here make the foods memorable and this quick snapshot helps children learn to recognize these items. I hope these images will remind you and your children what not to feed your pet, even just for fun or to test their reaction. Some people will comment that they provide these potentially dangerous foods to their pets with no harm at all. This may be so, because of the different types of animals and also the individuality of each pet's susceptibility.


WHY THIS HUBPAGE IS UNIQUE

Even though this material appears all over the internet, the presentation and main theme is unique. The main thought here is to TEACH YOUR CHILDREN about these food items. Find ways to impress upon them the serious consequences that can occur. We must also take into account the way we prepare food for our families and to take note that providing these same foods as table scraps will not do them any good. So, your child should learn not to slip the unwanted food item off the plate onto the floor or into the pets mouth.


As you look at each photo, you may talk about the benefits to humans and then learn the differences when animals ingest these same foods. Talk about the colors, flavors and shapes of the foods, Parents and children can bond while partaking of this learning activity. And, if the pet happens nearby, I'm sure he will be spoken to like part of the family, and point a finger, "Don't you go eating so and so because..." This will affirm and plant this idea in the child's mind.


THIS IS NOT A PERSONAL PET STORY

I don't have a personal story about poisoning my pet, however you will read many stories on the other websites dealing with pet food poisons. In addition, when you do a search you will find many articles about canned pet foods and legal cases, deaths and injuries due to regular canned foods. The excellent video shown here covers an enormous amount of information, even what to do in an emergency. She speaks clearly and tells you to keep telephone numbers handy, just like you would for your children to have a 911 number. I learned about avocado from her.


SPECIAL NOTE TO HUBBERS

By the way, if you are writing a hubpages and you receive a warning about duplicate and repeated information, that will pop up almost immediately. Today, I recorded a special audio file about how to prepare your 30-day challenge hub, but did not have enough time to post it. Therefore, it may be in the next hub or added later.


MY JOURNAL ON THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE

I can tell you this challenge pushes you to your limits, especially when you have many other chores and demands each day. The fact that everyone tries to write something new means you must search out new topics that have not already been well covered. I guess it was not going to be as easy as I thought. As a very creative person, I did not imagine I'd get slapped down so quickly. I'm wondering the experience of other hubbers here. Please post your comments and let me know how you are doing?


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I have on my shelf Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats which provides excellent information to pet owners. Enjoy!

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LEARNING BY DOING AND SHARING WITH OTHERS

In essence, this hubpage provides the pictorial about the toxic foods, PLUS the learning experience of authoring on Hubpages. I've written previously about the blog "mills" that google has tried to eliminate with new algorithms. This makes it much more difficult to write an acceptable article. I'm interested to learn from others their experiences now that they have automated a checking system. I've also added some helpful information about emergency care for pets using homeopathic remedies and highly recommend having a kit either at home or in your car.

MAKE IT INTO AN educational PARTY GAME FOR CHILDREN

Again. I'd like to remind everyone that the reason I posted this was to make the images memorable and perhaps you will look at your food differently and tell your children was is safe or not safe to give to your pets. Perhaps you can even make this into a game. Print out the images onto cards and then pass them to the kids.

Have children at a party sit in a circle and each child has to add one more word. See how many they can remember before the child goes out. It could be quite educational to talk about each of these foods and their properties. They will probably wonder why it is okay for them to eat and not their pet.

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Complete List of Potentially Hazardous Foods

  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Sulfoxides
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Chicken Bones
  • Xylitol & Gum
  • Raw Potatoes
  • Turkey Skin
  • Nutmeg
  • Tea
  • Alcohol
  • Hops
  • Moldy Food

AVOCADO

Avocados are in the laurel family (Lauraceae)
Avocados are in the laurel family (Lauraceae)

CHOCOLATE

Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine
Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine

GRAPES

Grapes contain flavonoids, phenolic acids, and resveratrol that are good for humans but not pets.
Grapes contain flavonoids, phenolic acids, and resveratrol that are good for humans but not pets.

RAISINS

Concentrated dried grape skins are not treats for animals
Concentrated dried grape skins are not treats for animals

GARLIC

Garlic contains sulfoxides and disulfides which may be antibacterial for humans, but will damage red blood cells and lead to anemia in animals
Garlic contains sulfoxides and disulfides which may be antibacterial for humans, but will damage red blood cells and lead to anemia in animals

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ONIONS

Fresh or cooked onions cause more problems than garlic. Don't feed prepared meals with onions to pets.
Fresh or cooked onions cause more problems than garlic. Don't feed prepared meals with onions to pets.

ALLIUM FAMILY

Like onions and garlic that belong to the Allium family, leeks, chives, scallions, and shallots also contain the harmful to pets sulfur compounds  thiosulfinates, sulfides, and sulfoxides.
Like onions and garlic that belong to the Allium family, leeks, chives, scallions, and shallots also contain the harmful to pets sulfur compounds thiosulfinates, sulfides, and sulfoxides.

MACADAMIA NUTS

This tree genus possess poisonous and/or inedible nuts, such as M. whelanii and M. ternifolia; the toxicity is due to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides. The only safe nut for humans as a food source are the macadamia. Shown covered in chocolate.
This tree genus possess poisonous and/or inedible nuts, such as M. whelanii and M. ternifolia; the toxicity is due to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides. The only safe nut for humans as a food source are the macadamia. Shown covered in chocolate.

MUSHROOM

The fungus species of mushroom can be deadly, We know many are poisonous to humans, as well.
The fungus species of mushroom can be deadly, We know many are poisonous to humans, as well.

TOMATOES

Especially toxic to cats, tomatoes from the solanacea family like the other nightshades such as potatoes cannot be eaten by pets.
Especially toxic to cats, tomatoes from the solanacea family like the other nightshades such as potatoes cannot be eaten by pets.

CHICKEN BONES

When pets eat chicken bones they may choke on splinters that get lodged in the throat. Check with vet whether raw, cooked or meal bones can be eaten.
When pets eat chicken bones they may choke on splinters that get lodged in the throat. Check with vet whether raw, cooked or meal bones can be eaten.

XYLITOL

Call your veterinarian immediately if your dog eats this deadly sugar substitute.
Call your veterinarian immediately if your dog eats this deadly sugar substitute.

RAW POTATO

Raw potatoes especially those with green spots that contain aflatoxin and solanine which can effect the nervous system.
Raw potatoes especially those with green spots that contain aflatoxin and solanine which can effect the nervous system.

TURKEY SKIN

NUTMEG

This tree seed in the Myristica fragrans family is the same as mace
This tree seed in the Myristica fragrans family is the same as mace

TEA

Tea leaves contain caffeine
Tea leaves contain caffeine

ALCOHOL

Alcohol damages the liver for living beings
Alcohol damages the liver for living beings

HOPS

Hops is used to brew beer and comes from the humulus family the same as cannabis and hemp
Hops is used to brew beer and comes from the humulus family the same as cannabis and hemp

MOLDY FOOD

Molds are not safe, even though penicillin comes from mold on bread.
Molds are not safe, even though penicillin comes from mold on bread.

Emergency Care Using Homeopathy

Homeopathic remedies are safe for children, adults and animals. Therefore, in an emergency situation if you have a kit handy these remedies can safe the day while rushing to the clinic.

Arsenicum album for food poisoning when there is weakness, vomiting and diarrhea, restlessness and a desire for sips of water.

Pulsatilla after bad fish. The pet needs company.

Lycopodium from shellfish that upsets the animal.

China officanalis for weakness, vomiting, shaking, dehydration.

Nux vomica for any indigestion, especially after alcohol, hops, beer.

About the Author

Debby Bruck, CHOM is a student of Kabbalah and Homeopath. She teaches qigong, healing movement, guided imagery, and meditation. Debby believes that homeopathy is the wave of the future that provides hope and healing to those who have tried every other approach. Follow Debby on Twitter.

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Excellent and useful hub, Debby. But I wonder if these substances are poisonous to all dogs. I had a dog in Australia who would "harvest" the black grapes on our grape vines, and eat them to the extent that we never had grapes below a couple of feet from the ground. It didn't seem to harm him.

The guy who gave me the mother of my last dogs used to feed (as a treat) his bitch and her pups on Bendix Bittermints, expensive mints covered with dark chocolate. This made my dog a Dark Chocolate junkie for life... fortunately I was aware of the dangers of "real" chocolate, but even when I scrubbed my teeth, she would run into the bathroom because she could smell the mint.

She also was crazy about Bolognaise sauce, which is full of tomatoes. onion and garlic, but she lived to a ripe old age.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello TWilight ~ Each animal has their unique susceptibilities. As I read through other websites with pet-owners stories many gave these poisonous substances without impunity and their pets relished some listed here. As stated, " Some people will comment that they provide these potentially dangerous foods to their pets with no harm at all. This may be so, because of the different types of animals and also the individuality of each pet's susceptibility."

I guess, since your dog didn't go into a coma or vomit, have diarrhea, cramps or pain he was not sensitive to the grapes, chocolate or mints. We must remember there are exceptions to every rule. Blessings, Debby


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

What a fantastic idea to help children relate to pet safety. It is especially helpful for children who do not read. Thanks for the great idea to share with my grandkids.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello Denise. So pleased to meet you. Enjoy fun with the kiddies! Love, Debby


Nick Lucas 5 years ago

Great information and suggestions for people with children. I really admire the way you put this together and your writing style; you made it very clear. Animal health, and human health, are very important issues. Unfortunately, animals are often overlooked. I myself consider my pets family members and treat them accordingly. This is a great hub and piece of work!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Dear Nick. I'm humbled by your comments. This was one of the more difficult hubpages to write, collect data, and photographs to highlight each substance. To make this hubpages unique, I turned the information into an approach to help teach your children about toxic foods and potentially making it a party game. Remember playing the circle memory game where each person adds another word in a category? So, if you print out these photos or just write each item on a slip of paper, they can be passed out and given to each child as their word. Have fun with it. I know what you mean by considering your pet a member of the family. Hugs, Debby


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Such a worthwhile hub. for adults as well as children. i see nothing wrong with having the photographs pinned up in the kitchen as a daily reminder.

Marked UP & USEFUL, Debby.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Dear Ian ~ It has been some time since we've connected. Thank you for ranking up and providing this thoughtful suggestion. Blessings, Debby


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

Awesome hub. Great information and photos. I like that you used the new HP video feature...great video. Voted up, beautiful, and bookmarked! Oh, and tweeted too!


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Dear HubTub ~ This is a very old hubpages and thus, unfortunately, no, I did not use the new HP video feature. Wish it was mine, but sorry....

However, I produce a Pet Health Naturally Radio Show every week at 1PM on Thursday with a famous veterinarian which you may listen to at any time. On March 15 (oh! The Ides of March) we will discuss NUTRITION! and cover all these items too, plus a lot more. Hey! Thanks so much for tweeting. Blessings, Debby


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

This is perfect for my 3 year old! Thank you ^_^ I'll have to show him this tomorrow. Voting up!


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Dear Mama - Please let me know how your little one reacted to the photos and information. Blessings, Debby

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