Sharing your food with your best friend is a way of showing you love them. However, there are many foods that can be harmful to dogs. It’s important to know what these foods are so you can keep their paws and nose out of it!
I remember when my dog Chase gobbled up a bowl of raisins which my 5-year-old daughter had left on the floor. We weren’t sure how much he consumed but we didn’t take any chances and dashed to the vet! Chase spent the afternoon throwing up raisins! He had eaten a few handfuls, which could have caused heaps of trouble!
Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure. The exact mechanism is unclear and the amount that needs to be consumed to cause problems has not been quantified, so any amount could be dangerous.
Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, and dogs are sensitive to the effects of them. In general, the darker (and therefore more bitter) the chocolate, the more toxic, meaning it takes less to produce a toxic effect.
Onion and garlic can cause damage to red blood cells, resulting in life-threatening anaemia. They can present as small, chopped-up pieces or powder in our food and baby food.
Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is found in many sugar-free gums, candies and other foods. It can cause life-threatening drop in blood sugar level, liver failure and bleeding disorder in dogs.
Avocados contain persin, which if eaten too much, can cause vomiting or diarrhea in dogs. If you grow avocadoes at home, keep your dog away from the plants as persin is in the leaves, seed and bark, not just the fruit. Plus, the seed can also become stuck and cause an obstruction in the intestines or stomach, which can be fatal!
Never give your dog alcohol as it takes a lot less to cause problems, such as vomiting, diarrhea, coordination and breathing problems, coma and even death. The smaller your dog, the worse it can be!
Think your dog had caffeine? Get your dog to the vet as soon as possible as it can be deadly! Macadamia nuts can also make your dog sick causing muscle shakes, vomiting, high temperature and weakness in their back leg.
Fat trimmed from cooked or uncooked meat can lead to pancreatitis in dogs. When it comes to bones, keep in mind that it can cause choking or splinter, block or cause cut in your dog’s digestive system.
Seeds from persimmons and pits from peaches and plums can cause digestive issues in a dog, not to mention block their intestines. Furthermore, peach and plum pits have cyanide, which is poisonous to people and dogs.
When you’re baking, keep the dough away from paw’s reach! If consumed, the dough would swell inside your dog’s stomach, stretch the abdomen and cause a lot of pain. When the yeast ferments the dough (to make it rise), it makes alcohol that can lead to alcohol poisoning.
If ingestion occurs or if you are in doubt, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Bring with you the packaging/labels as they can contain helpful information which could help save your pet
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