Let’s face it, dogs are great at giving us the “puppy eyes” when they want to sample what we’re eating. Sharing healthy snacks like certain veggies and fruits is ok. But there are common foods that can be very dangerous for our dogs. Here is a list of ten foods that should never fall into the paws of your pup, and some warning signs if you think your dog may have eaten them
Avocados may be healthy for humans, but dogs should stay away. The skin and leaves of an avocado contain persin, a toxin that in large amounts can cause heart problems and gastrointestinal problems like vomiting and diarrhea. Each dog reacts differently to avocados, but avoid them in your pet’s diet as a precaution.
2. Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic are closely related, and both are dangerous for canines. The two can cause damage to a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Onions are more of a concern since people use more of them in food than garlic. If your dog eats a little bit, there shouldn’t be a problem. Be on the lookout for vomiting, weakness or trouble breathing.
3. Coffee, Tea and Caffeine
You might need a pick-me-up in the morning, but your dog does not! Dogs and cats are very sensitive to stimulants like caffeine. It can cause vomiting, restlessness, heart palpitations, muscle twitching, and even death. Be sure to keep your pets from things like coffee grounds, tea bags and soft drinks.
It may be tempting to sneak your pup some bacon pieces, but you might be doing more harm than good. The fat and salt that makes bacon so delicious can cause pancreatitis and contribute to problems with bloating and twisting of their intestines. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Blood work is needed to check for pancreatic problems, so avoid the tests by sticking to dog-friendly treats.
5. Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins are extremely dangerous to dogs and can cause rapid kidney failure. It doesn’t take many grapes to make a dog sick. Look for early signs like vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. Over time your dog will become sluggish and depressed. Understanding the mood of your dog helps a lot in determining their well-being, so take the time to know your dog’s unique personality.
6. Ice Cream, Milk and Dairy
Dogs don’t have the enzymes to break down the sugar and fat in dairy products. Giving them dairy treats can cause diarrhea, gas and other digestive problems that aren’t fun for the dog or the owner. If they need a treat for a hot day, stick to ice cubes or frozen blueberries!
Most people know that chocolate and dogs don’t mix. All kinds of chocolate contain theobromine and traces of caffeine. The worst offenders are baking and dark chocolate. Common symptoms to watch for are vomiting and diarrhea, but can also cause heart problems, tremors and death.
8. Macadamia Nuts
Just a small handful of Macadamia nuts can be very dangerous for dogs. Since Macadamia nuts are often times served with chocolate, they can be extra harmful to your pup. Symptoms include muscle shakes, high temperature, and weakness in the back legs. If you cook or bake with these around your home, make sure your dog won’t be exposed to them.
9. Yeast Dough
Raw yeast dough may look harmless, but it can be dangerous for your pup. Just like in the oven, the dough can ferment and expand to create gas in your dog’s stomach. This can be very painful for your pup. There is also a chance for alcohol poisoning from the dough’s fermentation process.
10. Apple Cores
Giving your pup the occasional apple slice is ok, but make sure they don’t find the core. The apple core contains traces of cyanide that can be dangerous. Dogs should also avoid the pits of plums, peaches and apricots since they all have traces of the chemical. Look for symptoms that include dizziness, trouble breathing and even collapsing.