It’s dinner time, everyone is at the table shoveling delicious food down their gullets and you know who is watching with envy, with those big brown eyes. Waiting for anyone to notice him and share the wealth. It is hard to resist, that cute little face that Fido can muster up when he really wants something. Giving table scraps to your puppy pal may seem like a special treat that you are granting them, but it could actually be the last thing that they eat. You will be very surprised by the some of the common foods listed below.
Poisonous Foods For Your Dog
- Avocado- Contains Persin, a fungicidal toxin. Causes Diarrhea and Vomiting.
- Alcohol- this should be obvious, it affects dogs that same way it affects humans but much more quickly. Can cause difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, coma and death.
- Onions & Garlic (in any form)- if given enough, can cause Anemia, the onion or garlic destroys your dog’s red blood cells leading to Anemia. Symptoms of Anemia include weakness, breathlessness, lack of interest in food and dullness.
- Caffeine- can be found in tea, coffee, soda, cocoa and some medicines. Causes heart palpitations, fits, and muscle tremors.
- Grapes & Raisins- it is still unknown why, but these fruits can cause kidney failure in dogs. After eating a grape or raisin, heavy vomiting is to be expected. The next side effects are lethargy and depression.
- Milk & Other Dairy Products- feeding your pup dairy will cause them to have diarrhea and other digestive problems. Feeding them dairy can also set up food allergies usually manifesting in itchiness.
- Macadamia Nuts- If Fido eats at least 6 Macadamia Nuts, it can be fatal. Symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, paralysis of the hindquarters, rapid heart rate, elevated body temperature, weakness and muscle tremors.
- Xylitol- this can be found in candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods and some diet foods. It is a sweetener, that if ingested by your dog, will raise the insulin level in your dogs blood which will in turn lower their blood sugar level leading to liver failure. Expect vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Your dog may experience seizures and just a few days later, their liver will fail.
Those are just a few, you may find the list in it’s entirety at http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/default.htm . Yes, webmd provides very useful health information for your pets! I highly recommend viewing the entire list of poisonous foods for your dog, with it being the holiday season and all the baked goodies and chocolate around, it is better to be safe than sorry. Thank you again for stopping by and hope my advice can be of some use to you and your animal companion.