Dangerous Foods for Your Dog: Is Your Pet’s Diet Safe?

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Do you know your pet’s diet? When it comes to your companion’s diet, knowing what’s best for them can be complicated: Should I feed them raw food? Should I feed them with grain-free food or not? It’s common knowledge that chocolate is a no-no for dogs and cats. But do you know what it does to their body?  Chocolate is like hard liquor, and in dogs it creates a form of cirrhosis of the liver among other serious problems like diarrhea, vomiting, muscle tremors, even collapse and death. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine in different amounts depending on the kind of chocolate. The darker chocolates are much more toxic.

If you suspect your pet has invaded a bag of chocolate, call your vet, and if symptoms develop they can be treated.  Usually, after a couple of days, the biggest dangers have passed if the dog survives.

One of the hidden dangers for our pets is cocoa bean mulch, which is a common topping for many flower beds.  Dogs love to get in it and munch around.

Dangerous Foods for Your Dog: Is Your Pet's Diet Safe?

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Other “red flag” foods are grapes and raisins.  The toxicity from either of these foods can be fatal and sudden.  The kidneys fail and there is nothing to do.  If you suspect your dog has eaten grapes or raisins contact your vet immediately.  They may want you to induce vomiting unless your fur baby is having trouble breathing or, of course, unconscious. Some of the symptoms are loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea, a tender stomach, dehydration, dry nose and mouth, pale gums and, of course, kidney failure.

Avocados???  They contain an element called persin, which can cause mastitis and heart failure.  Especially the pits.  Keep them away from your pets, including horses, cows, goats,  birds, and fish.  Small bits of the flesh are not so toxic, but if your dog eats an entire avocado, you might want to give your vet a call.

Dangerous Foods for Your Dog: Is Your Pet's Diet Safe?

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