Things you may not know?
Bad News Foods. Things you shouldn’t feed your dog.
Why not chocolate, its Yummy?
Chocolate contains theobromine a natural stimulant found in the cocoa bean. It affects the central nervous system and the heart muscle of dogs. It can increases urination. When ingested by pets, look for vomiting, diarrhea or hyperactivity. More severe symptoms include an increase in the dog’s heart rate. Restlessness, muscle twitching and excessive panting are also symptoms.
The results of too much chocolate may also cause muscle tremors, seizures, coma and even death.
If you think your pet has eaten chocolate (even a small amount), you should contact your local vet as soon as possible.
Alcoholic beverages can cause the same damage to an animal’s liver and brain as they cause in humans. The smaller the animal, the more deadly the effects can be.
Walnuts and macadamia nuts are especially toxic. Effects can be anything from vomiting to paralysis to death. The effect can cause kidney failure, often leading to death.
Anything containing Xylitol (a common sweetener found in some diet products). This can cause a sudden drop in an animal’s blood sugar, loss of coordination and seizures. If left untreated, the animal could die.
They contain a toxic component called persin. This can damage heart, lung and other tissue in many animals. This fruit is very toxic to dogs, cats and most animals.
Grapes and Raisins.
The toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown. These fruits can cause kidney failure. Until we know more about the toxic substance, it is best to avoid feeding grapes and raisins to dogs.
Milk and Dairy.
Pets don’t have significant amounts of lactose. This enzyme helps breaks down lactose in milk. Dairy-based products, including milk can cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.
Stems, leaves, peels, fruit and seeds of citrus plants contain varying amounts of citric acid. These essential oils that can cause irritation. Even central nervous system depression if ingested in significant amounts.
Small doses are not likely to present problems beyond minor stomach upset. Including eating the fruit.
Potato leaves and stems can cause vomiting, diarrhea and anorexia. Along with disorientation, lethargy, and central nervous system depression.
Potato skins can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, tremors, seizures, and cardiac arrhythmia.
Are table scraps bad for dogs?
It’s OK to give table scraps. Surprise! Be sure that they’re healthy for your dog. Low calorie, low salt and low fat so that your dog can enjoy many years of long life with you. Also be careful there are none of the above!