Hello there, WC Dog Lovers!
It’s hard to look into your pup’s eyes and not want to give in to those sweet stares begging for some of what you are snacking on, but you must resist! There are some very toxic foods that your dog cannot have. Some of these can put your dog’s health – maybe even their life – at risk. Here are some human foods to avoid when treating your pup to something other than their regular kibble or dog biscuits:
Alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.
Chocolate and Caffeine all contain substances called methylxanthines, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death.
Citrus fruit, stems, leaves, peels and seeds can cause irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression if ingested in significant amounts.
Grapes and Raisins can cause kidney failure.
Nuts can cause vomiting, diarrhea and potentially pancreatitis in pets. Macadamia Nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia.
Dairy can cause diarrhea or other digestive upset.
Onions, Garlic and Chives can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage.
Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli, which is dangerous for dogs. Raw bones can cause choking, damage or puncturing of the digestive tract, or could become lodged.
Salt and Salty Foods can cause excessive thirst and urination, sodium ion poisoning, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death.
Xylitol, and artificial sweetener found in a number of products, can cause liver failure, lowered sugar levels, vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination and seizures.
Be mindful with your pup’s diet and avoid these human foods on their snack list.
Wiggle bottom and slobbery smooches to you and yours!
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