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

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Onions are an overlooked danger, many times, especially when they are cooked in different dishes.  Onions are members of the allium family as are garlic, leeks, and chives.  There is a sulphur compound in alliums that causes anemia in dogs, a very deadly condition, and all parts of the plant are toxic to dogs.  Certain breeds of dogs are also more sensitive than other breeds. Lethargy, weakness, pale gums, and fainting are common symptoms, but the telltale sign is a red urine.  Contact your vet if your dog is showing these signs.

PLEASE NOTE:  Garlic is just as toxic as onions and any product or food that includes garlic should be avoided.  The given sigh of relief with garlic is that it does take a large amount, such as five big cloves, to produce a toxic reaction.  Therefore, a piece of steak rubbed and cooked with garlic is ok, but not the whole cloves.

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

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Cherries carry a double whammy.  The seeds, as well as the entire plant, contain cyanide, and they can cause an intestinal blockage if too many are eaten.  Dogs like cherries and will eat them when given the chance.  One or two cherries probably won’t do a dog any harm.  Maraschino cherries, already pitted, can be eaten, but beware of all the high sugar content. Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include labored breathing, bright red gums, and dilated pupils.

Avoid Fava beans, baked beans, refried beans, and any canned bean due to additives or preservatives that can definitely injure your dog.

Most breads are great for feeding as a treat or additive to a meal.  Never feed your dog bread dough. Exotic breads, such as raisin bread, should never be fed, neither should bread with onion and garlic added.

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