You Would be Surprised at the Things in your home today that could make your pet sick or even die…
Most everyone has heard that chocolate, bleach, and pesticides are dangerous…but there is so much more.
PEOPLE FOOD (SUGARS, FATS, SALT)
“People food” contains larger levels of fats, sugars, and salt than a dog is used to. Salt causes an electrolyte imbalance in dogs.
Sugars are not a natural food and can cause obesity, and large amounts of fat and protein can’t be digested correctly, which causes digestion problems, pancreatitis, as well as liver dysfunction.
Raw eggs are completely toxic.
If properly cooked, eggs are full of protein and can help your dog’s coat and digestive system
The reason raw eggs are a problem is that raw eggs can contribute to a biotin deficiency. Eggs contain an enzyme known as ‘avidin,’ which restricts the absorption of biotin, one of the many B Vitamins.
Even though biotin deficiencies are not that common in dogs, they could potentially still happen. If they end up having a biotin deficiency, they can be at risk of having an unhealthy coat, difficulty with digestion, skin problems, and more. Eggs can also carry salmonella.. which is highly poisonous to dogs.
MILK & OTHER DAIRY PRODUCTS
Even though milk and dairy products have many calcium boosting properties, they can be a disadvantage to dogs. Dairy products can often be one of the most common contributors to lactose intolerance in canines!
You may find some dogs can handle dairy products such as plain yogurt and cheese; however, not all dogs can. This is because dogs do not have enough lactose enzymes to effectively break down the lactose found in dairy products. This affects the dog’s digestive system and leads to gas problems, bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
HUMAN VITAMINS CONTAINING IRON:
These vitamins damage a dog’s digestive system wall lining, kidneys and its liver. There are Vitamin B supplements designed especially for dogs.
LARGE QUANTITIES OF LIVER:
Ingesting a large amount of liver will result in Vitamin A toxicity, and it affects the muscles and bones of the dog. If they consume a large amount of it, their bones could become deformed, extra bone growth, anorexia, and more.
Mushrooms contain many toxins, and there are different types of poisonous toxins attached to specific mushrooms. All of which can affect many areas of a dog’s body. They can cause seizures, shock, and even possibly death.
Macadamia nuts contain toxins, and a mere handful of these nuts can lead to vomiting, muscle and joint pain, swelling, and lethargy.
No, dogs should never eat macadamia nuts. These are some of the most poisonous foods for dogs. Macadamia nuts, part of the Proteaceae family, can cause vomiting, increased body temperature, inability to walk, and lethargy. Even worse, they can affect the nervous system. Never feed your dog macadamia nuts.
Macadamia nuts contain a toxin that can affect your dog’s muscles and nervous system resulting in weakness, swollen limbs, and panting.
Make sure you keep those macadamia-nut cookies out of Fido’s reach since these nuts are known to cause neurological symptoms in dogs, including tremors and leg weakness.
GRAPES AND RAISINS:
Newer studies have shown both grapes and raisins have a toxin that affects a dog’s kidney functions and causes kidney damage and can lead to kidney failure and death. While they’re highly toxic, it’s still uncertain what chemical in the grape causes this.
Raisins are in many of the foods that we love to eat such as cakes, biscuits, and cereals so it’s not just the fruit form we should be concerned with. The active ingredient which causes the toxin is unknown, however, both grapes and raisins may cause severe liver damage and kidney failure.
Although the reason behind it is still unclear, dogs and even cats can experience terrible side effects, including vomiting, diarrhea, and even acute kidney failure, from eating even a small quantity of grapes or raisins
Grapes and their dried counterparts, raisins, may seem harmless, but not to dogs. Even small amounts of grapes or raisins can prove fatally toxic for a dog.
Onions, Garlic and Chives
The onion family, whether dry, raw, or cooked, is particularly toxic to dogs and can cause gastrointestinal irritation and red blood cell damage. Signs of illness are not always immediate and can occur up to a few days later.
Onions, garlic, and other foods in the Allium family (think shallots and scallions) can damage our animal companions’ red blood cells, which can cause bloody urine and severe anemia, as well as gastroenteritis (stomach flu). Certain dog breeds are more susceptible, especially Japanese breeds, but any dog or cat can have a bad reaction to these foods.
No, dogs shouldn’t eat garlic. Like onions, leeks, and chives, garlic is part of the Allium family, and it is five times more toxic to dogs than the rest of the Allium plants. Garlic can create anemia in dogs, causing side effects such as pale gums, elevated heart rate, weakness, and collapse. Poisoning from garlic and onions may have delayed symptoms, so if you think your dog may have eaten some, monitor him or her for a few days, not just right after consumption.
ONIONS & GARLIC:
These foods contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Onions are the most toxic of the two, and you should avoid any part of it such as the skin, powder, or inner part. In addition to this, garlic should be avoided as well.
CHOCOLATE & ANYTHING WITH CAFFEINE
Dogs should never consume chocolate While dark chocolate is the worst, all chocolate contains theobromine which is similar to caffeine.
Theobromine is a very dangerous substance for dogs, and it’s not only one that’s poisonous, but dogs struggle to metabolize it. High amounts of theobromine could cause death. Therefore if your dog has consumed the slightest bit of chocolate, you must take it to a vet. Don’t worry though, if it’s just a very small amount of chocolate, usually it only causes digestive issues.
However enticing chocolate is for humans and dogs alike, chocolate is another poisonous food for dogs. Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine (dark chocolate has the highest content of this) which is toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure.
Chocolate is tasty, but it’s not good for our furry friends. It contains caffeine and a chemical called “theobromine,” which are both harmful to dogs and cats and can even be fatal. So, make sure all your tasty vegan chocolates are stowed safely away.
No, dogs should never eat chocolate. This isn’t just an urban legend. Chocolate contains toxic substances called methylxanthines, which are stimulants that stop a dog’s metabolic process. Even just a little bit of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can cause diarrhea and vomiting. A large amount can cause seizures, irregular heart function, and even death. Do not have chocolate in an accessible location for your dog. If your dog does ingest chocolate, contact a veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline as soon as possible.
Veggies That Are Bad For Dogs
While vegetables might be really healthy for us to consume, you can’t always guarantee that they’re beneficial for dogs. In fact, there are some vegetables that can cause a lot of health problems which are:
Avocados: Inside Avocado, there is a substance called persin, which is a fungal toxin. When consumed, it can cause serious health problems like vomiting, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal problems.
Avocados are another poisonous food for dogs. Avocado plants contain a substance called Persin which is in its leaves, fruit, and seed and can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.
CORN ON THE COB
Corn on the cob could potentially be fatal if eaten by your dog. Although the corn is digested by dogs, the cob can cause a blockage in your dog’s intestine.
Unripe Tomatoes: Even though you can feed your dog ripe tomatoes, you should never feed them an unripe one. If consumed like this, they’re highly toxic and can cause gastrointestinal problems, abnormal heart rate, confusion, drowsiness, weakness, changes to behavior and more.
Leeks: Leeks can damage red blood cells causing hemolytic anemia.
Chives: Similar to onions and leeks, chives fall under the allium family and are highly poisonous.
AlcoholAlcohol has a huge impact on dogs even in small doses. The drink not only causes intoxication as it does in humans, but it can lead to sickness, diarrhea, and even central nervous system damage.
Even small amounts of alcohol can cause intoxication (especially in small animals) as well as a dangerous drop in blood sugar, blood pressure, and body temperature; vomiting; seizures; respiratory failure; coma; and even death in more severe cases.
You could probably guess that human medications and pets are often a bad combination, but it might surprise pet owners to know that even common, over-the-counter pain relievers—such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen—can be toxic to animals. These pills often have sweet outer coatings that make them appealing to pets—think of an “M&M,” except a potentially deadly one. Even one or two pills can cause serious harm to a pet, such as a kidney failure, so keep these medicines away from your four-legged friends!
Fabric Softener Sheets
Dryer sheets help to disperse static cling by coating fabrics with chemicals. Unfortunately, these chemicals can harm your pet if they chew on or ingest a sheet, even a used one. Plus, the fragrant smell that we like so much in our laundry is also appealing to our furry friends, which means pets can be especially susceptible to poisoning from dryer sheets.
Most common household batteries contain chemicals that pose serious health risks to animals if ingested. Even if your pet doesn’t swallow an entire battery whole, they can still puncture the battery casing allowing toxic fluid to leak out. Although it may seem harmless—or even humorous—when your dog chews on the remote or steals your kid’s favorite toy, biting any battery-operated device can be very dangerous.
Sugar-Free Gum and Breath Mints
Sugar-free gum and breath mints often contain a substance called Xylitol that can be deadly to dogs. Dogs process Xylitol differently than humans: They absorb it quickly and it can spike their insulin levels, causing dangerously low blood sugar levels that can be life-threatening if left untreated. Xylitol can be found in common products such as toothpaste, candy, chewable vitamins, and mouthwash. This safety tip is something we all need to remember the next time you accidentally spill a packet of Tic Tacs in the backseat of your car or your toddler squirts toothpaste on the bathroom floor.
Our desire for sweet treats, chewing gum, and drinks together with low-fat, diet, and sugar-free products (including some peanut butter so always check the label before using this as a treat) are often laced with an artificial sweetener called Xylitol which causes an insulin release in our bodies. However, if your dog digests one of these sweetened foods they can go into hypoglycemia which is linked to liver failure and blood clotting disorders.
Xylitol is a sugar substitute found in sugar-free products like gum and candy as well as in some brands of toothpaste and peanut butter. In dogs, it can cause a sudden life-threatening drop in blood sugar levels or liver failure and death, especially with ingestion of larger amounts.
The live yeast in bread dough may cause dogs’ and cats’ stomachs to expand, a painful condition known as “bloat” that can be fatal if not treated quickly. Yeast also produces alcohol after it begins to multiply, which can cause potentially fatal intoxication in dogs.
Giving your dog a raw uncooked bone to chew on is great, but avoid cooked bones at all costs. These can easily splinter and in large quantities cause constipation or at worst, perforation of the gut which can be fatal
Ice cream: No, dogs shouldn’t eat ice cream. As refreshing of a treat as the ice cream is, it contains lots of sugar so it is best not to share it with your dog. Also, some dogs have an intolerance to lactose. To avoid the milk altogether, freeze chunks of strawberries, raspberries, apples, and pineapples to give to your dog as a sweet, icy treat.
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SUGARLESS CANDY AND GUM
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Cheese: Yes, dogs can eat cheese in small to moderate quantities. As long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant, which is rare, but still possible in canines, cheese can be a great treat. Many kinds of cheese can be high in fat, so go for lower-fat varieties like cottage cheese or mozzarella. Many dogs enjoy their very own dog-specific Himalayan dog chew made of dried cheese (but we don’t recommend sharing it).
Cinnamon: No, dogs shouldn’t eat cinnamon. While cinnamon is not actually toxic to dogs, it’s probably best to avoid it. Cinnamon and its oils can irritate the inside of dogs’ mouths, making them uncomfortable and sick. It can lower a dog’s blood sugar too much and can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, increased, or decreased heart rate, and even liver disease. If they inhale it in powder form, cinnamon can cause difficulty breathing, coughing, and choking.
Corn: Yes, dogs can eat corn. Corn is one of the most common ingredients in most dog foods. However, the cob can be hard for a dog to digest and may cause an intestinal blockage, so if you’re sharing some corn, make sure it is off the cob. (Or just opt for a squeaky corn toy instead.)
Eggs: Yes, dogs can eat eggs. Eggs are safe for dogs as long as they are fully cooked. Cooked eggs are a wonderful source of protein and can help an upset stomach. However, eating raw egg whites can contribute to biotin deficiency, so be sure to cook the eggs all the way through before giving them to your pet.
Fish: Yes, dogs can eat fish. Fish contains good fats and amino acids, giving your dog a nice health boost. Salmon and sardines are especially beneficial — salmon because it’s loaded with vitamins and protein, and sardines because they have soft, digestible bones for extra calcium. With the exception of sardines, be sure to pick out all the tiny bones, which can be tedious but is definitely necessary. Never feed your dog uncooked or undercooked fish, only fully cooked and cooled, and limit your dog’s fish intake to no more than twice a week.
Bread: Yes, dogs can eat bread. Small amounts of plain bread (no spices and definitely no raisins) won’t hurt your dog, but it also won’t provide any health benefits either. It has no nutritional value and can really pack on carbohydrates and calories, just like in people. Homemade bread are a better option than store-bought, as bread from the grocery store typically contains unnecessary preservatives, but it’s best to avoid it altogether.
Cashews: Yes, dogs can eat cashews. Cashews are OK for dogs, but only a few at a time. They’ve got calcium, magnesium, antioxidants, and proteins, but while these nuts contain less fat than others, too many can lead to weight gain and other fat-related conditions. A few cashews make a nice treat, but only if they’re unsalted.
Coconut: Yes, coconut is OK for dogs. This funky fruit contains lauric acid, which can help combat bacteria and viruses. It can also help with bad breath and clear up skin conditions like hot spots, flea allergies, and itchy skin. Coconut milk and coconut oil are safe for dogs too. Just be sure your dog doesn’t get its paws on the furry outside of the shell, which can get lodged in the throat.
Ham: Yes, dogs can eat ham. Ham is OK for dogs to eat, but certainly isn’t the healthiest for them. Ham is high in sodium and fat, so while sharing a small piece is all right, it shouldn’t be a continuous habit.
Honey: Yes, dogs can eat honey. Honey is packed with countless nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, and antioxidants. Feeding dogs small amounts of honey can help with allergies because it introduces small amounts of pollen to their systems, building up immunity to allergens in your area. In addition to consuming honey, the sticky spread can also be used as a topical treatment for burns and superficial cuts.
Milk: Yes, dogs can have milk. But be cautious. Some dogs are lactose-intolerant and don’t digest milk well. While it is OK for dogs to have a little milk, owners should be cognizant of the symptoms of lactose intolerance and might want to stick to giving their dogs water.
Peanut butter: Yes, peanut butter is OK for dogs. Peanut butter can be an excellent source of protein for dogs. It contains heart-healthy fats, vitamins B and E, and niacin. Raw, unsalted peanut butter is the healthiest option. Read the label carefully to be sure the peanut butter does not contain xylitol, a sugar substitute that can be toxic to dogs.
Peanuts: Yes, dogs can eat peanuts. Unlike almonds, peanuts are safe for dogs to eat. They’re packed with good fats and proteins that can benefit your dog. Just be sure to give peanuts in moderation, as you don’t want your dog taking in too much fat, which can lead to pancreas issues. Also, avoid salted peanuts. Too much salt is hard for dogs to process.
Popcorn: Yes, dogs can eat popcorn. Unsalted, unbuttered, air-popped popcorn is OK for your dog in moderation. It contains riboflavin and thiamine, both of which promote eye health and digestion, as well as small amounts of iron and protein. Be sure to pop the kernels all the way before giving them to your dog, as unpopped kernels could become a choking hazard.
Pork: Yes, dogs can eat pork. Pork is a highly digestible protein, packed with amino acids, and it contains more calories per pound than other meats. Pork also may be less likely to cause an allergic reaction in some pets compared to other proteins.
Quinoa: Yes, quinoa is OK for dogs. You can now find quinoa in some high-quality dry dog foods. The strong nutritional profile of quinoa makes it a healthy alternative to corn, wheat, and soy — starches that are often used to make kibble.
Salmon: Yes, dogs can eat salmon. As mentioned above, fully cooked salmon is an excellent source of protein, good fats, and amino acids. It promotes joint and brain health and gives dog-immune systems a nice boost. However, raw or undercooked salmon contains parasites that can make dogs very sick, causing vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and, in extreme cases, even death. Be sure to cook salmon all the way through (the FDA recommends at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit) and the parasites should cook out.
Shrimp: Yes, shrimp is OK for dogs. A few shrimp every now and then is fine for your dog, but only if they are fully cooked and the shell (including the tail, head, and legs) is removed completely. Shrimp are high in antioxidants, vitamin B-12, and phosphorus, but also low in fat, calories, and carbohydrates.
Tuna: Yes, dogs can eat tuna, but only in small amounts. In moderation, cooked, fresh tuna is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which promotes heart and eye health. As for canned tuna, it contains small amounts of mercury and sodium, which should be avoided in excess. A little bit of canned tuna and tuna juice here and there is fine — prepared only in water, not oil — as long as it doesn’t contain any spices.
Turkey: Yes, dogs can eat turkey. Turkey is fine for dogs, but be sure to remove excess fat and skin from the meat. Don’t forget to check for bones; poultry bones can splinter during digestion, causing blockage or even tears in the intestines. Any meat with excessive salt, seasonings, onions, or garlic should not be fed.
Wheat/grains: Yes, dogs can eat wheat and other grains. Dogs do not have to be grain-free; it is perfectly OK for them to have grains. In fact, grains like wheat and corn are great sources of protein, essential fatty acids, and fiber. If your dog has certain allergies, however, it might be best to avoid grains, but it truly depends on your dog. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations.
Yogurt: Yes, yogurt is OK for dogs. Plain yogurt is a perfectly acceptable snack for dogs. However, some dogs may have trouble digesting dairy products. If your dog can digest it, the active bacteria in yogurt can help strengthen the digestive system with probiotics. Plain yogurt is the best choice. Avoid any yogurts with added sugar, and skip all yogurt with artificial sweeteners.
Carrots: Contain lots of Vitamin A and are high in fibre.
Apples: Have Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which help clean your dog’s teeth.
Chicken: Has a good source of protein and levels of Omega 3, allowing them to have a healthier coat
Peanut butter: Contains protein, healthy fats, Vitamin E and Vitamin B.
White rice: A carbohydrate that is easy to digest and works well with upset stomachs.
Bananas: A low calorie treat that is high in copper, potassium, biotin, fibre and vitamins
Blueberries: Contain antioxidants, fibre, Vitamins K and C.
Cucumber: Keeps dogs hydrated and allows them to enjoy potassium, Vitamin K and C.
Spinach: It’s full of iron, antioxidants, Vitamins A, B, C and K.
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