Blog Holiday Foods That Are Toxic For Your Dog
With the holidays upon us, it is important to remember that your four-legged friends cannot have everything you eat. While there are plenty of foods your dog can enjoy, there are several that you must keep them away from. Here are several foods that you want to keep your dog away from and why.
You may not realize it, but apple cores contain cyanide. As such, keep them away from your furry friend.
Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob has a few potential risks for your dog, including that they may accidentally ingest the cob. If this happens, your dog can experience vomiting.
Tomatoes and Raw Potatoes
For tomatoes, you mostly want to stay away from the unripe parts because they contain solanine, as do raw potatoes.
It’s no secret that chocolate is toxic to both dogs and cats. It is one of the best-known dangerous foods for dogs. It is toxic to the nervous system and heart and can be fatal. Be sure to keep this and any candy away from pets during the holiday season.
It is also a good idea to keep your pets away from xylitol as it can cause hypoglycemia, liver failure, and even death.
It can be tempting to give your pets the fatty trimmings off your meat and even some bacon at breakfast. However, it is best to use caution and avoid this, as a diet rich in fat can cause pancreatitis.
Giving your pup avocado can cause diarrhea and vomiting, thanks to the persin in it.
This food may seem delicious, but it can cause diarrhea. The good news is that many dogs are fine with small doses. However, only give your pup dairy in small doses and watch carefully for a reaction. Every canine is different.
Some mushrooms may be irritants, while others can cause shock and even be fatal.
Garlic and Onion
Onions and garlic can cause blood cell problems and anemia as well as gastric upset. These can be found in certain foods, such as stuffing and sausage, so be careful!
These treats can cause nervous system damage and muscle problems even in small doses, so they must be avoided. They can be found in cookies and bread, so put these out of your pet’s reach.
Caffeine can cause vomiting and diarrhea. It is also toxic to the nervous system and heart.
While you hopefully weren’t considering giving your dog alcohol, it is still worth mentioning that this is one of the toxic foods for dogs. In the best case, it will just cause intoxication for your pup. In the worst case, it can lead to a coma or even death.
Everyone loves to give a dog a bone to chew on. The problem is when these bones have been cooked, they become brittle and break easily, becoming lodged in intestines and throats. Stick to safer treats that can be purchased from the pet store.
Grapes and Raisins
Even in small amounts, raisins and grapes can give your pet kidney failure and worse. Keep foods with these treats in them far away from your pet.
While they are not technically food, it is still worth mentioning medications among the foods dogs can’t eat. Even seemingly innocuous pills like Tylenol or Advil are problematic. They can cause ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract or kidney failure.
Thanksgiving stuffing is often made with onions, garlic, or mushrooms. Unfortunately, these ingredients are extremely toxic to dogs and can cause life-threatening anemia (death of red blood cells). It’s best to avoid feeding any amount of stuffing to your dog.
Give Your Dog These Healthy Treats Instead
There are plenty of treats that your pet can enjoy around the holidays. Consider some of the following to offer your pets:
- White Turkey Meat: While dark meat can be fatty, white meat is the perfect treat for your pet to enjoy. Trim the excess fat and skip the gravy.
- Apples and Bananas: Both fruits are tasty treats for your dog to enjoy. Cut them up and add them to his food or give them to your dog separately.
- Pumpkin: Pumpkin puree is the perfect treat to offer your pets and a natural parasitic.
If you try some of the above and your dog still wants more, you can also give him a bit of your steamed greens, steamed green beans, unsweetened cranberries, carrots, or cucumbers.
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