By Nancy Cope
Keep these toxic foods for dogs far from your pup’s reach.
Dogs can move quickly and will eat almost anything so be sure to keep them away from items like chocolate, onions, grapes and raisins, walnuts or macadamia nuts.
The main culprit on the list is chocolate, which many people know is bad for dogs. Did you know however that it only takes one gram of pure cacao to kill a medium sized dog? Usually our pets end up sneaking into a milk chocolate bar, which won’t kill them, but is still bad. Keep all of your chocolate in the cupboards and out of reach.
Onions kill the red blood cells in dogs because they contain sulfoxides, which can cause anemia and even death if eaten in sufficient amounts. Raw onions can also cause liver damage in dogs. If your dog likes veggies, give him a carrot instead.
Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins contain toxins which can cause rapid kidney failure in dogs. Even a few raisins given to a smaller pup can cause death. Don’t leave these foods unattended around your dogs.
Walnuts and Macadamia Nuts
These nuts contain toxins which affect your dog’s nervous system, causing weakness, shaking, and tremors in the legs. Nuts are also high in fatty acids which could cause an imbalance in your dog’s diet.
Dairy may not be fatal for your dog, but he might suffer from eating it. Some dogs lack the enzyme to process lactose, just like humans. When these dogs eat dairy products they suffer from upset stomachs and diarrhea, which can be very unpleasant especially if your dog has an accident in the house. Many pet treats like doggy ice creams are dairy-free.
While it may seem very restricting it is important to make sure no one feeds your dogs these foods. Share the knowledge with your friends so that they know too, this way no one will have to regret feeding their dog a fatal food out of ignorance.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.