You have probably heard that feeding your dog chocolate is a big no-no. If you ever wondered if it’s true Durack Pet Motel is here to tell you that it absolutely is toxic for Fido.
If eaten by a dog, chocolate can cause vomiting, abdominal pains, muscle tremors, elevated body temperatures, agitation, seizures and, in extreme cases, death.
A large dog may get through it but for a pup it really could mean the difference between happy and yappy or gone for good.
Interestingly there are many “people” foods that you should not feed your canine companion. Today, we are putting the spotlight on the top eight human foods to never give your dog.
Now really, we are all intelligent beings but if a dog should eat something that contains alcohol it will result in the very same symptoms as humans. Just with a quicker response and higher chance of a lethal outcome. The same goes for coffee or products containing caffeine.
Avocado is not a good food for most animals, including birds, rabbits, cows, horses, donkeys, goats, and sheep. Don’t give these animals any part of an avocado.
Corn on the Cob
Whilst a dog can consume and digest small amounts of corn they do not usually chew up the cob which will (and we mean will) lodge in the small intestine. The only way to remove it is through surgery. You don’t want to think about what might happen if you don’t take this extreme measure.
The same can be said for any fruit that contains a large seed such as persimmons, peaches and the like. The seed can lodge in the intestine causing intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
Don’t let your dog forage under trees of this nature.
Grapes and Raisins
These little gems are packed full of nutrients for us humans but they contain a toxin for dogs. As little as a handful of these little guys have been responsible for causing severe liver damage and kidney failure in adult dogs. They are extremely dangerous for pups.
These lovely little nuts can cause muscle tremors and weakness, panting, swollen limbs and damage to a dog’s digestive and nervous systems.
Onions and Chives
Any form of these herbs, be it fresh, dry or cooked, is poisonous for dogs and lethal for cats.
Small amounts of yeast on its own or in dough can cause intestinal discomfort and gas. Obviously this leads to lots of gas. In large amounts it can rupture the stomach and intestines.
Other foods that can cause discomfort and illness are apple seeds, cooked bones, fish, milk products, mushrooms, salt and sugar.