Many dog owners struggle with resisting to feed their pets human food. You would be surprised at how many owners invite their dogs to the table for dinner. What most dog owners don’t realize is how dangerous many common human foods can be.
It’s important if you’re a dog owner to be aware of what dangers are out there, so you can be vigilant. These common foods may surprise you, but knowing what they are could help you save a dog’s life.
This tasty fruit can make a delicious addition to any human meal, but should not be given to our pups. Avocado has a toxin called persin. Persin is found in Avocado leaves, pits, bark, and fruit. Although any part of the Avocado is toxic the most dangerous seems to be the pit. The pit not only has the most persin in it, but it also can easily be choked on.
- Dairy And Milk Products
Dairy products like cheese and milk have sugar and fat that cannot be digested by dogs. Because most dogs lactose-intolerant, dairy products can cause vomiting, diarrhea and long term exposure can lead to gastrointestinal problems.
Just as in humans, alcohol in dogs can have an extreme effect on the brain, liver, and heart. Even just a small amount can cause symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, breathing problems, and even death. Because your dog is much smaller, it takes significantly less than a human can consume to see symptoms.
- Onions, Chives, And Garlic
These commonly used ingredients can have significant effects on your dogs blood cells. Because these ingredients have a diuretic property, dog consumption can lead to tiredness and bloody urine. In many cases, if your dog eats enough of any one of these, they may need a blood transfusion.
- Caffeine And Chocolate
Chocolate is a well-known substance that isn’t very good for your dog. But many people don’t realize why. Chocolate contains caffeine, the darker the chocolate the more dangerous because of the caffeine!
- Grapes And Raisins
Surprisingly this fruit has an unknown reason for being toxic to dogs. The consumption of the chemicals and compounds can lead to a rapid failure of their kidneys. Because each dog is different, some may experience vomiting, diarrhea, or become lethargic. If your dog eats grapes or raisins make sure to get them to a vet immediately because the kidney failure can take place within a few days.
- Apples, Peaches, Persimmons, And Plums
These fruits belong to the Rosaceae family of plants. At the core of each of these fruits are pits or seeds that contain cyanide. Cyanide in large amounts can be dangerous not only to dogs but also to humans. Symptoms of cyanide poisoning in dogs can look like difficulty breathing, seizures, and even a coma.
- Bones and Fatty Meats
Certain cuts of meat from other animals can have a high amount of fat, which can lead to inflamed intestines. Dogs cannot break down these proteins from other animals very quickly, which is why over a period of time eating these ingredients, can develop diseases in their pancreas. Bones as well as fatty pieces of meat can also be a choking hazard, making them extra dangerous. If you are concerned that your dog has eaten any of the above-mentioned items, you should contact your vet immediately.