I know this is a real estate blog but from time to time I see something relevant that I feel would be really helpful for the community to read. This area is known for its dog lovers and I found a list of very harmful foods for dogs that some of you may not be aware of. Below is the list – I hope you find it helpful! Feel free to ad to this or comment…
Below are some foods you should never feed your dog:
- Chocolate, Coffee & Anything with Caffeine – Chocolate is an obvious one; most people know it can be very harmful if eaten by an animal – but coffee and caffeinated foods? All these foods contain methylxanthines, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, heavy breathing, muscle tremors, seizures and even death. So, it is highly advisable to avoid giving your pet any of these substances.
- Apricot Pits – Contain small amounts of cyanide which can lead to respiratory issues
- Hops – Can cause increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death.
- Avocado – This fruit contains persin, a chemical present in avocado leaves, bark and the fruit itself. In pets, it can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and breathing troubles. There have even been a few reported deaths after ingestion.
- Grapes & Raisins – Grapes and raisins are known to cause kidney troubles in pets. Avoid these fruits, especially if your pet already has kidney problems.
- Dairy Products – Pets cannot digest milk very well; it can cause stomach upset and other allergic reactions, often resulting in skin irritation.
- Moldy Foods – Can cause Vomiting, Tremors and Seizures.
- Xylitol – Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in many forms of candy. If ingested it can cause low blood sugar and even liver damage.
- Onions – Onions in any form can lower a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia.
- Mushrooms – Mushrooms are hard to identify and many can be poisonous to pets. Symptoms of a toxic mushrooms can include, upset stomach, gastrointestinal irritation, hallucination and even death. If your yard has mushrooms growing make sure to remove them promptly.
- Salt – Too much salt can cause your pet to experience excessive thirst and urination, so keep those salty treats to yourself.
- Yeast Dough – It is ok to feed your dog a little bread, as long as it’s baked. Raw dough can expand in your pet’s stomach, causing intense pain and discomfort.
- Raw Meats and Eggs – Just like humans, animals can get sick from uncooked meat and raw eggs. If uncooked, these foods can harbor bacteria, which can lead to food poisoning.
- Nuts – Almonds, black walnuts, english walnuts, hickory nuts, Japanese walnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans and pistachios, can cause upset stomach or an obstruction in your dog’s gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms generally show around 12-48 hours after ingestion and can include vomiting, muscle spasms, increased heart rate and a rise in body temperature.