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Are you the type that gets worried every time your dog gets ahold of human food, or the type to share just about every meal with your best friend? Regardless of you and your doggie’s dining habits, it’s important to be aware of which foods are dangerous for your dog to consume. During these final days of summer, barbeques are a regular event with food and drinks often out where Fido can sneak a bite. Be sure to keep an eye on your pup, especially around the foods listed below.
Bread Dough – your dog’s stomach is pretty much Shangi-La for the yeast found in dough. The conditions of your dog’s stomach allow the yeast to multiply and expand the mass of the dough, which can stretch the stomach and cut off blood flow to the stomach resulting in the death of tissue.
Avocado – Avocados contain persin, which is toxic to dogs. This human super food can unfortunately make your dog super sick, so keep the avocados to yourself.
Chocolate – Everyone knows this one, but a little reminder never hurt anyone. The caffeine and a compound called theobromine are what cause your dog harm. The rule of thumb is that the darker the chocolate is the more harmful, so keep an eye on those brownies and cakes at summer picnics.
Ethanol – This is any type of alcohol. Dogs are much more sensitive to alcohol than humans – the ultimate lightweights. If they get their paws on any booze their symptoms are much like you would expect from anyone that is extremely inebriated – trouble with balance, being sick to their stomach, and a lousy hangover.
Hops – to follow up ethanol, hops should also be kept away from dogs. The symptoms of hops poisoning are restlessness, excessive panting, and sometimes tremors or seizures. Hops poisoning creates a spike in your dog’s body temperature, often greater than 108 degrees, and can seriously damage or lead to failure of multiple organ systems.
Pits of Persimmons, Peaches, & Plums – Peach and plum pits contain cyanide, which when broken and consumed can poison pet and person alike. The pits of persimmons, peaches, and plums will also cause inflammation and intestinal obstruction, so be sure to toss pits in a place your pet can’t get into.
Xylitol – This is that fake sweeter found in gum and candies, and baked treats. If Fido gets ahold of something with Xylitol, (as with the rest of the food on this list) take him to the vet immediately. Xylitol causes a rapid drop in blood sugar levels, which will induce disorientation, seizures, and sometimes death.
Garlic and Onions – Any member of the onion family can cause trouble for your pup because they contain a compound that damages red blood cells. One nibble of an onion infused burger may not hurt your dog, but concentrated quantities such as in garlic powder can cause major issues. You’ll know about 4-5 days after ingestion when your dog is lethargic, or if their urine has an orange tint. Take him to a vet to see if he will require blood transfusions.
Grapes and Raisins – This is a weird one because grapes and raisins don’t cause symptoms in every dog, or even the same dog at different times in their lives. However, when the grapes and their dried-out counterparts take their toll, your poor pup will experience vomiting, lethargy and diarrhea. Best not to risk it.
Be proactive about your pet’s health by making sure they don’t get their paws on any of the foods above. You can also make sure they are feeling their best with the Tagg GPS Pet Tracker’s activity tracking feature. Unusually low activity is often a sign that your pet is not feeling well. With Tagg, you can easily spot drops in your pet’s normal activity level and changes in trends. Learn more about how monitoring your pet’s activity can help you catch warning signs of health concerns before they become major issues at tagg.com.
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