One thing we can all say we have in common is a love for our dog, no matter what the breed. And keeping them safe from harm is one of our main goals. Surprisingly enough, dogs don’t always like the same things we do, especially when it comes to food. Some of the things that you enjoy and snack on at home might be the snacks that are harmful and very dangerous to your dog, even foods that are perfectly healthy to us humans. We can all agree that having a dog suffer or get sick over a small mistake in their diet is something that we should try very hard to avoid. So how do we avoid these foods? What are they? Well, you are in luck. Read carefully to find out what foods could harm and kill your dog if you aren’t careful and why you should avoid them.
While popcorn itself does not pose a threat to dogs, popcorn kernels do. Planning a movie night with your family is always fun, and giving your dog a few popped popcorns won’t hurt. However, if your dog happens to slip a piece of a kernel or a portion of popcorn that is not fully popped, your dog may be stuck with a choking hazard that is hard to eliminate and very frustrating to deal with. I suggest that you do your best to keep your dog away from popcorn or check and make sure they are only eating ones that won’t get caught in their throat.
While most humans don’t like the smell or texture of garlic, it is often used in the home as an added flavor for most food favorites. But dogs aren’t able to handle garlic, and it can be hazardous in the end. The stronger the garlic the greater the danger. If your dog has eaten a piece of garlic, you might not even notice a difference in your dog for a few more days, but they may start to appear tired and refuse to move. You will also begin to notice that your dog’s urine starts turning anywhere from orange to dark red. If you notice any of these signs in your dog, get to the vet as soon as possible.
Onions like most vegetables wouldn’t be your first guess for a food that is harmful to your dog. And while they may make both humans and dogs cry, they can also harm dogs as well. If a dog ingests enough of an onion, you may need to take your dog to the vet. And you will most likely start to notice your dog getting sleepy and moving around less than usual.
Macadamia nuts can be very harmful to your dog and may even result in vomiting, depression, hypothermia, and tremors. If eaten by a dog, it may also result in weakness and the inability for your dog to walk.
One of the most commonly known foods that are dangerous for a dog is chocolate. While very surprising, it is also very dangerous and should be kept away from dogs, especially when you are away from home. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is. White chocolate contains fewer methylxanthines than dark chocolate but is still harmful to your dog. If you notice your dog eating chocolate or you suspect that they could have, it is always best to call a vet or even go in for a check-up. If a dog does eat chocolate, it may cause vomiting, elevated body temperature, seizures, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm, or even death.
A cheesy grilled sandwich may sound good, and you may even be tempted to share some with your beloved dog, but it’s not very wise. While cheese is often used as an evening snack and in plenty of meals, it is also very harmful to dogs and should be kept in a space that is not easily reachable by your dog. Cheese and other dairy products will cause symptoms like dizziness, gas, diarrhea, or vomiting.
Even though we are not quite sure why or what chemicals inside of grapes make them so toxic, they still pose a threat and should never be left out or in a place that can be easily reached by your dog. If your dog does eat a grape, symptoms like sudden kidney failure, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, or death may occur. Take your dog to the vet if you start to notice your dog is acting strangely, or you notice any of these signs.
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