As you’re eating food, is it hard for you to resist sharing with your dog? We have compiled a list of food we humans like to eat, but shouldn’t be shared with your dog.
Dangerous Foods for Your Dog
For years, you’ve probably heard not to give your dog chocolate and perhaps wondered if it is an old wives’ tale. Alas, it is not. There is a toxic ingredient in chocolate called methylxanthines that are fine for humans, but for dogs, it will cause their metabolic process to stop. Even a little chocolate, and especially dark chocolate can cause diarrhea and vomiting. If your dog eats a large amount, there is the risk of seizures, irregular heart function, and in severe cases, death. Don’t feel bad about eating all that chocolate yourself.
Do you love eggs, from your head down to your legs? Well, you may love them, but they are not so great for your dog if they are raw. Eggs that are fully cooked can help your pet’s upset stomach. But, raw egg whites will cause your dog to have a biotin deficiency.
There are foods in the Allium family such as garlic, onions, leeks, and chives. Those Allium plants listed are five times more toxic to dogs than other Allium plants. The danger with garlic is that it can cause anemia in dogs and side effects like pale gums, high heart rate, weakness and collapsing. If your dog has consumed garlic or onions, expect delays symptoms. We suggest that you closely monitor your pet for a few days.
Grapes and Raisins
A simple snack to pop in your mouth, such as grapes and raisins, can cause toxicity, kidney damage, and liver failure in your dog. There is still research being done to determine which substance in grapes is at fault for the toxic reaction. Even in a small amount, it can be risky and even fatal if consumed.
Avocado can cause mild stomach upset in dogs and cats, but can be deadly to birds.
If you believe your pet may have ingested any of these dangerous foods, there are several phone numbers you can call. You should have your main veterinarian’s office number, the number of the closest Animal Emergency Center for problems after hours, and the number of the Animal Poison Control.