Monday, November 18, 2013
Your Dog Should Never Eat These 5 Things
Dogs should never eat chocolate, but do you know why? It contains theobromine, a toxin that can cause dehydration and death. Along with chocolate, make sure your pooch also stays away from the following hazardous things.
Xylitol is a sweetener found in candy, gum and even toothpaste. Xylitol can lower your dog's blood sugar and possibly induce liver failure.
Vomiting, listlessness and coordination problems are early indications of a potential issue, and seizures are a possibility later. Even small amounts of xylitol found in baked goods and diet products could harm your dog.
Insects? That's right. Those creepy crawlers pose more of a risk than you may think. Stinging insects may pierce your dog after being swallowed causing a swollen face or other reaction. Allergy medications often treat the issue and your dog will likely learn his lesson quickly.
Other bugs pose a more serious risk, and caterpillars are the main culprits. Before turning into monarch butterflies, caterpillars feed on milkweed, which can be toxic to your dog's heart. Gypsy moth larva can also threaten your dog because of its poisonous injections. Schedule a pest inspection to eliminate these natural dangers and create a safe environment.
Pits & Seeds
The "meat" of apples, peaches, plums, and persimmons aren't bad for your dog. Apple seeds and pits from peaches and plums, however, release cyanide during digestion. The pits of persimmons, peaches and plums can cause intestinal inflammation or obstruction danger to your dog. Never leave these fruits out where your dog could get them, unless their pits or cores have been removed. If you have these fruit trees in your yard, be vigilant and monitor your dog's feces for seeds and pits.
Many types of uncooked fish pose health risks to canines. A regular diet of raw fish can cause a vitamin B deficiency, resulting in a drop in appetite, seizures and possibly death. Trout, salmon, sturgeon, and other types of fish contain a parasite that can be fatal within two weeks. Vomiting, high temperature and enlarged lymph nodes are signs of health problems.
The smallest amounts of alcohol can harm your dog's liver and brain. It doesn't take much for your dog to experience diarrhea, vomiting and central nervous system issues. Even a little drink of beer, wine or liquor can affect coordination and result in coma or death.
Yeast is another dangerous source of alcohol. Consumed on its own or within dough, yeast can ferment inside your dog's stomach and cause alcohol poisoning. It also poses the risk of rising, as it would in bread, inside your dog's stomach, possibly stretching the organ and rupturing.
TDLW NOTE: If you suspect your pet has gotten into a harmful substance here are some hotlines you can call for help:
ASPCA Animal Poison Control -- 1-888-426-4435
Pet Poison Helpline -- 1-800-213-6680
Guest post by Minne Garza
Minnie is a writer an animal advocate who enjoys hiking with her golden retrievers on the weekends.