As a dog parent, one of the hardest things to avoid is the desire to share your tasty human food with your beloved furbaby. We all know and recognize the sad face of a doggy who really wants to taste test a yummy meal. While some human snacks are safe in small doses, other ones could be downright dangerous! It is useful to know which are the ones to avoid.
Surprisingly, grapes are amongst the most dangerous foods for dogs. They tend to affect certain dogs more than others. Unfortunately, grapes can lead to kidney failure and even death. Because of this, consider a safer fruit alternative such as blueberries.
Onions & Garlic
Whether cooked, raw, dried or in powder form- garlic and onions are toxic to dogs. As members of the Allium plant family, these particular plants can cause damage to a dog’s red blood cells. This can cause a decrease in oxygen flow, which may lead to anemia followed by organ damage. Therefore, even though we humans love some good ol’ onion rings, think twice before indulging your doggy.
Tea & Coffee
Even though we love the flavor and effects of a good ol’ cup of joe, it can be quite toxic to dogs. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant and can create quite a mess on a doggie’s insides. It can cause diarrhea, vomiting, an increased heart rate and restlessness. If you know Fido has been tapping into your Starbucks, don’t wait for the symptoms to show! Get to the vet as soon as possible!
Even though they aren’t deadly, macadamia nuts can cause an alarming reaction from a dog. When ingested, they tend to cause weakness, vomiting, involuntary body movements and even depression. Most dogs can recover without treatment. However, if you want to avoid your pet feeling very, very ill- just avoid exposure to macadamia nuts all together.
The skin and leaves of the avocado contain Persin. Persin is an oil-soluble toxin that can be unsafe for dogs. Pets that are sensitive to this toxin can experience congestion and fluid accumulation around the heart, which can lead to death. The inside part of the avocado, (the tasty guacamole part) is safe an can be used as an ingredient in dog food.
Xylitol is a popular alternative sweetener that can be found in MANY sugar-free gums and candies. It can be deadly to dogs as it causes life threatening hypoglycemia (dangerously low blood sugar.) Be sure to double check where you store your gum- especially if it’s in a purse or bag left where your doggy might want to check it out.
Of course, it’s okay to treat your furry pal to a treat every now and then. However, consider lean meats, cottage cheese or carrot sticks and steer clear of the dangerous stuff! Be sure to keep counters and cabinets clean and free of any potential doggy hazards. Some furry pals can be more nosy than others- so, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you think your dog is poisoned or has ingested something toxic, get to your vet immediately! You can always double check with the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 24 hours a day at (888) 426-4435 if you have any questions or concerns.