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  1. What you've likely heard about pets and chocolate is true: It's hard for pooches to metabolize theobromine, a compound in cocoa—and it can make them sick as a dog, or worse. If your pup eats a chocolate candy, call the vet immediately and tell her how much the dog ate as well as the type. Dark and baking chocolate contain more theobromine.
  2. Onions and garlic contain a compound that can damage your pet's red blood cells. Although this affects cats more, dogs can also experience stomach troubles if ingested in large amounts. Onion soup mix and garlic powder are potent sources, so be especially sure Fido can't find them.
  3. While Persin (a fungicidal toxin found in the leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados) are generally harmless for humans, they can cause some major damage to your furry friend. Birds and rodents are especially prone to congestion, difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation around the heart from avocado poisoning. Keep the super food away from your pup, too, as it can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.
  4. It's not fully known which specific substance in grapes and raisins is toxic to pets, but the fruit can cause kidney failure. Animals who already have health problems could develop additional concerns from consumption.
  5. Like humans, pets who consume raw or undercooked meat and eggs are at risk of Salmonella and E. coli poisoning. Eggs are especially dangerous as they contain an enzyme called avidin, which slows the absorption of the B vitamin biotin and can lead to skin and coat problems. And think twice before you "throw your dog a bone"—choking hazards and injury are reason enough to avoid giving your pet this treat. 
  6. What's cuter than a kitten lapping up a helping of milk from a saucer? The reason most newborns can drink milk without a resulting stomachache is an abundance of the enzyme lactase, which works to digest the milk sugar lactose found in dairy products. While kittens have plenty of this enzyme at birth, which helps them survive off of their mother's milk, growing cats begin to produce less lactase over time. Without it, older cats and other animals can experience diarrhea or other digestive problems if they drink milk.
  7. This is only a brief list of some of the more common foods that can cause health problems for pets. To find additional information about how to keep your pet healthy and what other foods to avoid, visit ASPCA.org.
  8. Try these tactics to keep dog and kitty hair off your clothes, couch and carpet