Many of us are guilty of occasionally “dropping” a piece of our food for the dogs to enjoy as a treat. In fact, you may even find your furry little one being given peanut butter or bread at the Vet’s office. We all know the golden rule of “No Chocolate For Dogs!”, but did you know that many other foods that we enjoy every day are toxic for them? Here are some things to keep away from Fido and some human foods that are safe treats.
This one’s an obvious. Chocolate contains large amounts of theobromine, especially in its dark chocolate form. Theobromine can cause vomiting, Diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and even death. The smaller the dog, the greater the effect.
A favorite around the holidays, macadamia nuts are highly toxic to dogs. These delicious treats for us can cause muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting and rapid heart rate. Often they are found in chocolate, giving the dog both toxins and increasing the chance of a fatal dose of them.
While you may enjoy refreshing guacamole, every part of an avocado contains persin which is toxic for our furry friends. This can cause vomiting and diarrhea, leading to dehydration.
Onions and Garlic
These are dangerous in every form, including powders that are sometimes found in baby food. Onions and Garlic can destroy red blood cells in dogs, leading to Anemia.
Grapes and Raisins
These used to be a common treat for dogs, but since have been linked to kidney failure. We’re still not sure which compound in them is causing this to happen.
Candies, Baked Goods, and Diet Products
Many candies and other foods are sweetened with xylitol. This sweetener can cause an insulin increase in dogs as well as seizures and liver failure.
Apples, oranges, bananas, and watermelon are all safe as long as they are peeled and the seeds removed. Seeds and rinds can get caught in a dog’s digestive system and cause blockage.
Dogs can enjoy carrots, green beans, and even plain baked potatoes. Just as with preparing them for humans, make sure to clean them thoroughly before giving them to your furry friend.
About the Author: Brooke is the owner of Diary of a Determined Momma. She tries to keep order in a home with two toddlers and three dogs while learning how to live frugally.