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Facts and Tips About Foods That are Toxic for Dogs

It is good to share your food most especially to your furry friend, but you need to be careful doing so because there are human foods that might cause serious health issues or death of your dog. While all want our dogs to be healthy and strong, there are foods that are considered unhealthy for your dogs and we should be all aware of it. There is nothing worse than having your pet suffer over a simple and single mistake in his diet. The top 12 human foods that you should avoid being eaten by your dog include the following: chocolate, milk, cheese, apple cores, macadamia nuts, avocado, yeast dough, caffeine, onion, garlic, grapes, and bacon.

Chocolate must be strictly avoided by dogs because its content including caffeine and theobromine belong to the methylxanthines category which is harmful to your dogs, and the darker the chocolate is, the higher is its toxicity level as compared to white chocolate. The ill effects that chocolates can cause to your dog include diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, severe agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm, elevated body temperature, seizures, and death. Your dog needs to avoid eating bacon, ham, meat trimmings, and other fatty foods because their pancreas may get inflamed causing pancreatitis and may stop functioning properly, and high-salt content food may cause digestive problems and bloating that lead to problems with nutrient absorption. High-salt content in your dog’s diet may cause signs and symptoms of sodium ion poisoning including frequent urination, excessive thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and high body temperature. Garlic and onion combo in small doses are not harmful, but large doses may cause poisoning leading to destruction of red blood cells causing anemia, with signs and symptoms of breathlessness, vomiting, weakness, and lost interest in food, and a blood transfusion might be necessary. Milk sugar in milk have lacking enzymes leading to gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea, vomiting, and lactose intolerance. Raw eggs and meat contain salmonella and bacteria as well as hidden parasites causing food poisoning, so it is important to cook them well.

Xylitol is the main component of sweet foods such as butter, gums, candies, and baked foods causing insulin surge that may lead to the drop in your dog’s blood glucose levels and liver failure leading to signs and symptoms like lethargy, loss of coordination, vomiting, seizures, and eventually death. If a dog consumes too many grapes and raisins, they develop dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of appetite causing rapid kidney failure within three to four days. If you have an avocado plant at home, make sure that your dog can’t get anywhere near it because it contains persin in their fruit, seeds, leaves, and bark which is considered toxic for dogs, so be sure to keep your guacamole to your own fiesta and prepare a different meal for your furry friend. Watch out you dog eating apples, peaches, apricots, and plums because they contain cyanide or cyanogenic glycosides which are toxic to dogs causing difficulty of breathing, hyperventilation, collapsing, shock, and coma.

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