Many families are used to feeding their dogs “people food”… leftovers, maybe a little piece of something during a meal… but there are actually quite a few foods that you may or may not realize can be quite harmful to your favorite furry friend!
Please keep any and all foods containing these items far out of reach of your pets, and remember that the severity of the illness is directly related to the amount of food ingested. Contact your vet immediately if symptoms worsen or don’t go away.
Avocados contain a toxic ingredient known as persin in their leaves, fruit, seeds, and even bark. It acts as a poison to dogs, cats, and even birds. Digesting persin can lead to respiratory problems, fluid around the heart, and even death.
2. GRAPES, RAISINS, CURRANTS
Grapes, raisins and currants contain an unknown toxin which can lead to hyperactivity, repeated vomiting, and lethargy within twelve hours of ingestion., and can lead to kidney failure in 3 to 4 days.
3. ONIONS, GARLIC
Onions, garlic, scallions, and any close members of the onion family, contain sulfoxides and disulfides, both of which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia in dogs. Check your dog’s urine if they have ingested any onions or garlic. Excessive amounts ingested may require a blood transfusion.
4. MACADAMIA NUTS
Macadamia nuts contain an unknown toxin which can affect the digestive, nervous and muscular systems in dogs, with just six nuts causing such damage. In worst cases, hyperthermia and hindquarter paralysis.
5. YEAST DOUGH
If your dog manages to ingest yeast dough, for example if unattended rising bread is eaten, this can cause severe abdominal discomfort, bloating, and even alcohol intoxication.
Too much salt can cause hypertension in humans…the same goes for dogs. It can cause kidney problems, vomiting, seizures, depression, and electrolyte imbalances. Keep salty snacks, like chips and pretzels, safe away from your dog.
Most people know chocolate is bad for dogs, but it’s the caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, that causes the damage. It can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and is quite toxic to your dog’s nervous system. Avoid giving your dog cold tea or caffeine as well.Dog owners should remember this with chocolate: “the darker it is, the more dangerous it is.”
8. RAW EGGS, MEAT, FISH
This pretty much goes without saying, since eating these raw make humans sick as well. Salmonella and Escherichia coli, as well as other bacteria are present, and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Raw eggs over time can also cause skin and coat issues for your dog.
9. MILK, DAIRY PRODUCTS
Despite drinking their mother’s milk when they are puppies, many dogs are lactose intolerant. Avoid feeding your dog cow’s milk, cheese, ice cream, and other dairy products.
This is a no brainer, and cruel. Do not under any circumstances feed your dog alcohol. If he ingests a little bit, don’t worry, but if he is noticeably ill, call your vet.
It’s hard to say no to your dog, but if they see you eating something that will make them sick, don’t even give them a little bit. You might both end up regretting it.
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