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Feel tempted to feed your dog sweets and snacks that are usually part of your menu? Well, you should really avoid doing this, as the consequences might be devastating for your dog’s health. There are some really dangerous foods for dogs and I aim at presenting them in this post.
Alcohol. Alcohol has the same effects on dogs as on humans, only much faster. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, depression and even coma and death. Do NOT let your dog drink alcohol.
Onions and garlic. They are some of the most dangerous foods for dogs, causing anemia, weakness, vomiting. Onions and garlic contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which affect the red blood cells. Please note that the garlic is less dangerous and can be used in homemade recipes (just a pinch once in a while).
Mushrooms. Certain species of mushrooms can be fatal. Almost all the Amanita species are toxic and they lead to liver and neurologic disorders. The usual symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive salivation and seizures. If your dog has ingested mushrooms you should first induce vomiting by using Syrup of Ipecac (1 teaspoon per 10 pounds) or Hydrogen Peroxide 3% (1 tablespoon every 10 minutes for 3 times), then save some parts of the specimen for identification and visit your vet immediately.
Avocado. Avocado contains persin, a fatty acid that is present in seeds, leaves, bark and fruits. Dogs are allergic to persin and the symptoms include vomiting, fluid accumulations in the abdomen and breathing disorders. So, no matter how much you like your guacamole chips, just do NOT give them to your dog!
Candies and other sweets (including gum). Any food containing Xylitol is dangerous for your dog. Xylitol causes hypoglycemia and liver failures that can be fatal for your dogs. The first symptoms can be vomiting, loss of coordination and lethargy.
Avoid feeding your dog too many table scraps. The table scraps should cover about 10% of your dog’s daily food. Also, if your dog is on a raw diet, always check the expiration date on eggs and buy only fresh meat. Never mix old food with new and try to wash the meat and vegetables before feeding and the bowl after your dog finishes. If you have the slightest suspicion concerning the freshness of the meat (strange color, smell), just throw it. Don’t cook it for your dog. You might endanger his life. Ohh…and never feed your dog cooked chicken bones because they can splinter and cause intestinal injuries.
That’s about it! Hope you enjoyed the article! Stay posted!Photos by courtesy of WebMD and Mellsva
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