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Human Food That May Kill Your Pet

I am sure most people are with me on this when I say, its Thanksgiving or Christmas and you’re so full you’re ready to burst and your dog won’t stop staring at you. And since it is a holiday you toss him a little ham or turkey since he is part of the family. The next day your dog has diarrhea and can’t stop! But it was just a little meat! Well it all depends on what is in that meat or what flavorings you may have added. Here are a few foods that we consume just fine that our animal companions will find deadly.

Avocado: These contain something called persin. A substance that is harmless for humans so long as they don’t have a food allergy. But if your dog consumes an avocado or too much guacamole it could be toxic for your dog.

Beer: Any type of alcohol is not good for your pet. It will get your pet drunk just like it does with us, but since the pet is so much smaller than us just a little can cause diarrhea, trouble walking, difficulty breathing or even death! This is because they have smaller bodies with faster metabolisms. The smaller the pet the greater the affect.

Onions: Any type of onion whether it is powdered, raw, cooked any type, can destroy a dogs red blood cells. A small amount wont be anything to worry about, but if you covered your steak in onion powder then cooked it with onions and garlic and it happened to fall on the floor get it away from your dog as fast as possible. It can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness and even suffocation.

Caffeine: Just like with humans large quantities of caffeine can be fatal for your pet. Caffeine is found in coffee, teas, chocolate, soda and energy drinks. There is no antidote for caffeine poisoning. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, muscle tremors and bleeding. It is also found in some pain killers.

Grapes: Grapes and raisins can easily make your dog very sick. It causes kidney failure, and just a small amount can make your dog very sick. He will start vomiting, become lethargic and depressed.

Dairy: Dogs can not digest dairy products like we can. Even though sharing your ice cream or milk shake is fun and cute, it can lead to stomach problems such as diarrhea.

Macadamia Nuts: These can be fatal. Less than a handful can make your pet sick. Your pet may experience paralysis of the rear legs, vomiting and rapid heart rate. If he eats these with chocolate it will make the symptoms stronger and possibly lead to death.

Table Scraps: This includes fat trimmings and bones. The fat can cause pancreatitis in dogs. And the bones that are left over can splinter and cause cuts or blockage in your dogs stomach.

Salt: (I was surprised when I found this out) If your dog consumes too much salt it can lead to excessive thirst and urination and could lead into sodium ion poisoning. Which consists of vomiting, diarrhea, depression and seizures. It could possibly lead to death.

Chocolate: This is probably the widest known one for dogs. Theobromine is the toxic part of chocolate. It is found more in dark chocolate than in milk chocolate. Baking chocolate has even more in it. Chocolate can cause your dog to vomit, have diarrhea, seizures or even death.

Spices: Nutmeg and other spices are harmful for your dog. Baking powder and baking soda are HIGHLY toxic for your pet.

There are more out there that could harm your pet. So if you are unsure if your pet can eat something, it doesn’t hurt to double check online or with a vet. It may save you a lot of money and it may save your pets life. Let me know if you.

If your dog has eaten any of these things, you should call your vet immediately.

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