Some foods that are considered good for people can be very dangerous for your dog. Many dog owners may be unaware that the food they are throwing on the floor during dinner could be potentially deadly to their dogs. Before giving your dog foods that you enjoy, read on and learn which foods are safe and which can send your dog straight to the emergency vet’s office.
Methylated Xanthine, which is commonly found in coffee, may cause death in your dog within a few hours. The side effects in dogs from caffeine consumption can include vomiting, restlessness and heart palpitations. Senior dogs may have a harder time fighting off the side effects of caffeine and will require a emergency trip to the vet’s office. It’s extremely important to keep caffeine products stored safely & off the floor to minimize risk of caffeine poisoning.
One common food many dog owners may be unaware of is Avocados. According to Veterianarians, numerous toxic poisons are present in avocados and can lead to breathing difficulties, abdominal enlargement and abnormal accumulation of fluids in the abdomen. Another thing to take into consideration with Avocados is the pit of the avocado. The pit inside of the avocado can also become potentially deadly for the dog. The pit itself can easily get lodged in the throat of the dog or in the intestinal tract and cause severe damage or even death.
Dog’s absolutely love bacon. The only problem with bacon is it’s extremely high in fat content and salt. High contents of fat can cause pancreatitis in dogs and can become fatal if consumed often. Bacon also contains a high level of salt that is involved in curing the meat before being sold. Bloat is a potential side effect from eating too much salty bacon. Dogs may consume way to much water after eating bacon which could cause bloat. Bloat is when the dog’s stomach dilates and then rotates, or twists, around its short axis. This can be deadly if left untreated.
It’s important to keep raw dough away from being consumed by your dog. The yeast in the dough can expand in your dog’s stomach and produce large amounts of gas in the digestive system. Eating raw dough can cause sever pain and can potentially rupture the stomach or intestines depending on the amount consumed. Furthermore, raw yeast dough can lead to fermentation of the yeast. This deadly fermentation can cause alcohol entering the blood stream and is toxic to dogs.
Apples are actually a healthy alternative treat for your dog. The only problem with apples is the core. Cyanogenic Glycosides or Cyanide poisoning can result from giving your dog the apple core which includes the seeds. Some of the symptoms of toxicity are apprehension, dilated pupils, salivation, struggling to breath, dizziness, collapse, seizures, hyperventilation, shock and coma.
Onions & Garlic
Large consumptions of onions and garlic can cause conditions called hemolytic anemia, Heinz body anemia, and methemoglobinemia which are all manifestation of damage to red blood cells. Vomiting and diarrhea is usually the first signs of poisoning but anemia may take up to a week to notice. Anemia along with labored breathing can become deadly if let untreated in your dog. It’s important to see a Veterinarian immediately.
Many dog owners may use cheese slices as a way for their dogs to take their medication. Many are unaware that they may be accidentally poisoning their pup. A dog’s stomach enzymes are not properly equipped to break down dairy products. Dairy consumption can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems. Cheese is also high in fat and can eventually lead to pancreatitis as well.
Did you know? Just 2-3 ounces of baking chocolate can kill a 16 pound dog in 4-8 hours! The onset of chocolate poising is swift and deadly, especially in smaller breed dogs. Numerous health problems arise from chocolate consumption. Chocolate consumed by dogs will increases heart rate and constrict the arteries. Symptoms range from vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, seizures, cardiac arrest, and death.
Cooked bones unlike uncooked bones are extremely hard for a dog to digest properly. Cooked bones can splinter when being chewed on and could potentially rupture the intestinal tract. According to Veterinarians, cooked bone consumption in dogs is the #1 leading cause of emergency vet visits in the USA.
Raisins or Grapes
The most deadliest fruit that can lead to death of a dog is raisins or grapes. These highly toxic fruits can lead to renal system shutdown within 24 hours of consumption. Renal failure can ultimately lead to kidney failure which is deadly. Depending on the amount consumed could result in an array of side effects including vomiting, distress and diarrhea. Never mix these fruits with raw meals or give as a treat.