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Newly Discovered Unsafe Foods For Dogs
Keeping your dog safe entails more than good training and protecting him from danger. You may not even know it but you could be risking your dog's health by giving him the wrong foods to eat. Some dogs will eat anything, even if it is dangerous for them, so it is up to you to learn about the unsafe foods for dogs so you can keep them out of his reach.
Your dog may gaze at you with those soulful eyes and beg for scraps from the table but common everyday foods that contain chocolate, caffeine, or coffee could cause a serious reaction that includes vomiting, panting, diarrhea, seizures, irregular heartbeat, or death. It is because of a substance found in cacao seeds. Baking chocolate and dark chocolate are the most dangerous with white chocolate being the least.
You should never give your dog alcohol. It isn't cute or funny and your dog won't think it's cool. In fact, it could kill him. If it doesn't kill him it could make him very ill and cause diarrhea, vomiting, problems breathing, metabolic disturbances, impaired coordination, and coma.
Xylitol is another dangerous substance for dogs. This is an artificial sweetener found in gum, candy, toothpaste, and other foods. It can cause low blood sugar and liver failure. If your dog ingests Xylitol, he may vomit, become lethargic, lose coordination, have seizures, and go into a coma.
Moldy foods are another danger. If you feed your dog wet foods, be sure to keep his dish cleaned out so mold doesn't grow. Mold contains mycotoxins and these can make your dog very sick and kill him within three days. If your dog vomits, has excessive thirst and seems depressed, it could be a sign he has mycotoxins from moldy food.
Overly fatty foods aren't good either as these can cause pancreatitis. Dogs may like fat but it isn't good for them. Fatty foods can give your dog diarrhea, abdominal pain, shock, fever, weakness, and dehydration.
You may think your dog enjoys chewing and eating corn cobs, but they are very unsafe. He can bite off a chunk which then gets caught in his intestinal tract. When that happens, surgery may be required to remove it. If the blockage isn't removed, death can result.
Macadamia nuts, raisins, and grapes should all be kept away from your dog. Raisins and macadamia nuts can sneak into baked foods and cookies so you should be careful any time you feed your dog people food. Macadamia nuts can cause tremors, depression, and muscle weakness. Symptoms usually last about two days after eating them. Raisins and grapes on the other hand can cause kidney failure and death. They are even more dangerous to dogs with existing health conditions.
The raw food diet for dogs has become quite popular but you should be aware of the dangers associated with raw or undercooked meat, bones, and eggs. These can harbor bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella that could make your pet sick. Bones raw or cooked should be avoided altogether since they can splinter and puncture the digestive tract and lead to death.
Garlic, onions, salt, and chives should be avoided, so that means no potato chips for your dog. These can cause irritation of the digestive tract and toxicity if too much is ingested. Too much salt can cause problems in dogs just as with humans; some of these can lead to dehydration and death.
It is hard to resist giving your pal a treat now and then. Just make sure you know what is in the snacks you give him so you don't accidentally slip him something that will make him sick or worse. When considering the safety of your dog, don't forget to watch what he puts in his mouth too.
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