Everyday things that can seriously harm your dog
Taking care of a dog is a big responsibility; after all it is like constantly having a toddler around, that wouldn’t hesitate to put things in their mouth. Also, dog owners must know what food is safe for their canine friends and what sort of medicine they must never give to their dogs, no matter what. Here’s the list of dangerous everyday things that can hurt your dog.
1 Human food
There is nothing harder than resisting sad puppy eyes while they stare at you when you are munching a chocolate bar or your French toast. Chocolate contains large amounts of caffeine and theobromine which dogs do not tolerate well. It can cause gastrointestinal upset, irregular heartbeats, abnormal blood pressure, tremors, seizures and even death in extreme cases. The darker the chocolate the more toxic it is for your dog. Chocolate is a common toxicoses but there are other foods such as grapes and raisins that can cause acute kidney failure; macadamia nuts can cause GI upset, tremors and weakness. Avocado contains persin which causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Sugarless gums contain xylitol which can cause dangerously low blood sugar levels. Signs of low blood sugar are weakness, loss of coordination, tremors and occasional seizures. Several days after ingesting xylitol, dogs can develop elevated liver enzymes and sometimes liver failure. Dogs that indulge in people food tend to experience gastrointestinal upset or in severe cases can develop inflammation of the pancreas which usually requires hospitalization. So, no matter how hard it is for you not to share your food with your dog, think clearly and don’t do that. If you must, keep your dog in other room while you are having your meal.