I am so exited to share this wonderful post with you… it was generously shared with us from a great blog Home Remedies For Life…a site filled with tons of Health Related Features from natural treatments for acne to foods that relieve snoring…foods for strong nails and everything in between. All the information on this fabulous blog is very helpful in every day life. They noticed that we do some helpful Pet Pieces here and thought that my readers would be interested in this and graciously offered it to us. So of course I said yes…just in time to remind everyone about the dangers of different foods…especially during the Holiday Season when food is everywhere. So we are bringing you… Beware: These 10 Foods Could Kill Your Dog! It is best to educate you and your family on what your pup can not have at all! Better safe than sorry. My wish is that this post helps you all keep your dogs safe…happy and healthy during the Holidays and ALWAYS!!! One note: Teaching your children from a young age on this subject is simply a wonderful thing. Here is a quick and easy way to do it! A BIG thanks to Home Remedies For Life! Now I will turn it over to them…
We are close to our dogs, and sometimes we feel like sharing our food with them instead of giving them dog foods. However, it is important to know that just because you enjoy a certain type of food doesn’t mean your dog will enjoy it too. Dogs can be harmed by a number of popular human foods. Giving human food to a dog may seem fun at first, but chances are that the food could harm your dog, or worse, it may even kill it.
Avocados, raw eggs, fish and meat, garlic and onions, chocolates, foods with excess salt, different types of nuts, raisins, bacon, grapes, candy, and caffeine, are all harmful to dogs in different ways.
The following infographic by HomeRemediesForLife.com gives detailed information on 10 human foods that could potentially harm or kill your dog. Let everyone in your household know that they should try at all costs to avoid feeding these foods to your dog.
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A fungicidal toxin called persin is present in the fruit, seeds, bark, and leaves of avocado. This compound is not harmful to humans but is dangerous to your dogs when taken in large amounts. The pits of avocados also pose a choking hazard to your dogs. Keep these away and prepare something enjoyable and safe for your canine pet.
There is a lot of controversy on this subject since many vets consider the health benefits of switching to raw meat diets. Some have the view that feeding dogs on raw meat, fish, and eggs gives healthier coat and skin, eases digestion and cleans teeth.
However, other vets recommend cooking the food to kill any bacteria and harmful parasites that may make the dog sick. Even the FDA discourages feeding dogs raw foods since they have a higher risk of contracting e.coli and salmonella infection. Dogs with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of these infections and since it is difficult telling if the dog has a healthy immune system, avoid feeding them uncooked food.
In raw eggs, some enzymes can bring about skin conditions. Raw fish, on the other hand, can carry harmful parasites. A raw diet carries a lot of risk for your dog compared to the benefits, hence the reason it is not recommended.
Humans enjoy the benefits of these two though it leaves a terrible breath. They are, however, bad news for your canine. They destroy your pet’s red blood cells and could lead to anemia. When taken in small doses, there may be no much harm, but giving your dog large doses may poison it. The dog may show symptoms such as vomiting, weakness, breathlessness, and lack of interest in food. Just keep the onions and garlic to yourself and leave your dog out of it.
Chocolate is a very common food eaten by almost everyone as a snack. However, it can harm dogs, a compound called theobromine present in the cocoa-based food is not harmful to humans but is dangerous to your dog. It is present in all kinds of chocolates and especially in the dark chocolate.
It is known to cause dogs to vomit, get too thirsty, diarrhea, high blood pressure, and even causes seizures, tremors, and abnormalities in heart rhythm. Any of these extremes may lead to death hence the reason you should not make it a dog food and just eat it alone. If you realize the dog is restless or agitated, it may have eaten chocolate and requires a quick visit to the vet.
Dogs are extra sensitive to salt than humans. This requires that you avoid feeding them things like popcorn, pretzel, and other salted foods. It can cause sodium ion poisoning, excessive thirst, and increased urination. When a dog eats too much salt, it will cause diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, have high body temperature or bloating. Since salt can kill your dog, it is crucial that you keep it to a minimum.
You may not know it, but your dog should avoid bacon. It contains high-fat content that can cause pancreatitis, just like ham, or meat trimmings. These meats usually have high salt contents that can cause upset stomachs, bloating among other unwanted harmful effects. You may mess your diet, but keep your canine out of it.
Nuts are the other harmful group of foods you should never feed your dog. Within 12 hours of ingesting Macadamia nuts, your dog can begin experiencing tremors, depression, weakness, increased body temperature, and vomiting. These may last for between 12 and 48 hours. In case you suspect ingestion of nuts, contact your vet immediately for a solution.
Grapes and raisins may be sweet to humans but are not recommended as dog food. Its’ toxic substance is yet to be identified, but they are known to cause kidney failure in those dogs which are sensitive. If your dog already has an underlying health condition, they stand a greater risk of the toxicity.
There is no agreed safe dose of raisins and grapes, so it is wise to avoid feeding your dog any of these. In a situation where your dog has eaten grapes or raisins, or any food containing these two, it is best you contact your vet for assistance before it is too late.
Caffeine, just like chocolate, is a strong stimulant. Dogs are highly sensitive to it than humans. A little tea or coffee may not harm, but if the dog swallows a coffee bean or a tea bag, then there could be trouble. Caffeine poisoning is treated just like chocolate since their signs and symptoms are almost similar.
Humans may have no issue with sweets except for the sugar content, however, for dogs, Xylitol, a component of sweets can cause a surge in insulin leading to a significant drop in blood sugar and maybe liver failure. Xylitol poisoning has symptoms, including seizures, vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination, and death. It is crucial that you check the ingredients of your foods before feeding them to your dog.
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