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Facts and Tips About Foods That are Toxic for Dogs

You probably want to share all the good things like delicious food to your dog, but hold-off spoiling your furry friends because there are human foods that may actually be toxic to your dog. As a responsible pet owner, it is important to know the foods that are healthy and toxic for your dogs. Dog’s are man’s best friend but they don’t always eat like humans because the food that is healthy for humans might be a poison to your dog, and even just a simple mistake can endanger his life. The different human foods that are toxic for dogs include chocolate, cheese, milk, avocados, apple cores, yeast dough, caffeine, onion, macadamia nuts, garlic, grapes, and bacon.

Chocolate is known as toxic food for dogs because it contains theobromine and caffeine which fall under the methylxanthines category, and the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is. Chocolates are dangerous for dogs, and when eaten can cause dehydration, vomiting, elevated body temperature, abdominal pain, severe agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm, seizures, and death. Your dog needs to avoid eating bacon, ham, meat trimmings, and other fatty foods because their pancreas may get inflamed causing pancreatitis and may stop functioning properly, and high-salt content food may cause digestive problems and bloating that lead to problems with nutrient absorption. Salt may also cause sodium ion poisoning with excessive urination and thirst, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, elevated body temperature, and seizures. Garlic and onion combo in small doses are not harmful, but large doses may cause poisoning leading to destruction of red blood cells causing anemia, with signs and symptoms of breathlessness, vomiting, weakness, and lost interest in food, and a blood transfusion might be necessary. Consumption of milk leads to diarrhea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal problems, and serious bacterial exposure may lead to disease. Avoid raw meat for your dogs as they contain bacteria that may result in food poisoning, and raw fish may hide parasites causing fatal disease.

Sweet foods like candy, butter, gum, and baked foods contain xylitol, causing insulin surge through the body of your dog, leading to a drop in the blood glucose level and liver failure. Grapes and raisins can cause devastating and rapid kidney failure causing vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Avocado plant contains persin not just on the fruit but also in its leaves, bark, and seeds, so avocado must not be served to your dog in any way as this is toxic for him. Watch out you dog eating apples, peaches, apricots, and plums because they contain cyanide or cyanogenic glycosides which are toxic to dogs causing difficulty of breathing, hyperventilation, collapsing, shock, and coma.

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