You’re sitting at the kitchen table eating your dinner. You cut into your steak and put a piece into your mouth. Tasting great, you are pleased that you chose steak for dinner. Then, you feel little tiny breaths on your leg. You look down and find your 4-legged friend staring up at you with big beating eyes, just hoping you’ll share some of your human meal with him. Of course, you cave and cut a piece for your dog.
We’ve all been there. There’s times where we reward our dogs with some “people” food. “It’s safe for us, so why can it be safe for them?” we tell ourselves. Actually, there are many foods that are safe for human consumption, but highly toxic for our furry friends. Here is a list of five human foods that are dangerous for dogs. Some of them may surprise you!
CHOCOLATE. This toxic food is one that most dog owners have heard of. You know you shouldn’t feed your dog chocolate, but do you know why? The toxic component in chocolate is theobromine, which belong to a group of chemicals called methylxanthines. All chocolate has this component, even white chocolate. However, the darker the chocolate, the more likely it is to cause toxicosis in your dog. Small amounts like liking the remains of chocolate cake batter can cause severe issues like vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm, high body temperature, seizures and even death. Not so “fun” fact about chocolate intoxication: it is most likely reported during the holidays like Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day.
GRAPES AND RAISINS. This one tends to confuse many people. Fruits, especially grapes, are known for containing high levels of antioxidants and benefits the heart, colon, and high blood pressure. However, dogs do not reap from these benefits. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Studies show that grapes and raisins have been linked to kidney failure in some dogs. Experts do not know what exactly causes this failure and why some dogs are not effected at all by grapes, but it is clear that some dogs get very ill. The first sign of grape toxicity is excessive vomiting. Within the next 12 hours, your dog will become lethargic, dehydrated, and have diarrhea. Severe cases can even lead to death.
ONIONS AND GARLIC. These two foods have a direct link to anemia in our canine friends. Everything in the onion family (like shallots, scallions, garlic) in all forms (like raw, powder, cooked, dehydrated) can destroy a dog’s red blood cells. The effects of onion consumption do not become apparent until 3-5 days after ingestion. Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and breathlessness. If your dog’s urine is extremely orange or red in color, they need to seek the help of a veterinarian right away. Often times these dogs may need a blood transfusion.
AVOCADO. Dogs aren’t the only animals sensitive to the components in avocado. Birds, rabbits, and some large animals, including horses, are especially sensitive to avocados. Though dog’s can tolerate avocados more so than the animals listed above, it still can cause discomfort in large amounts. Some dog food includes avocado for its nutritional benefits, but in moderation. Ingesting this fruit, especially the Guatemalan variety, can lead to mild stomach aches. The pit however is a different story. Aside from the obvious choking hazard, avocado pits can lead to the obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract.
CAFFEINE. Caffeine speeds up the heart, which allows us to get that boost of energy many of us need throughout the day. However, caffeine in large enough quantities can be fatal for dogs. Caffeine poisoning can lead to restlessness, rapid breathing, severe heart palpations, muscle tremors, and bleeding. It’s hard to keep your dog away from caffeine considering there are many sources for it. Coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate, colas, and energy drinks such as Monster and Red Bull, and some cold/pain medications are all sources for caffeine.
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