Have you ever woken up to find your dog pacing back and forth and for some reason has diarrhea? You then notice that there’s a chocolate candy bar on the floor that he managed to get his paws on. Now you’re stuck rushing him to the vet in a panic before anything worse happens. This is a situation that many dog owners can relate to. They’re good at getting their paws on items they shouldn’t have. Sometimes it can be annoying, but in cases like this, it can cause serious harm, a coma, or worse.
Here are 8 surprising foods that can be toxic to dogs.
Chocolate is one snack that dogs love believe it or not. They enjoy it until they start feeling the consequences of eating it! You can find both caffeine and Theobromine in chocolate. Both of which have unusual effects on dogs in particular.
Need help to identify whether your little friend has chocolate indigestion? Some of the symptoms include; rapid breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, and even a coma or heart failure.
Onions & Garlic
This one is usually a big surprise for many. Although small amounts may not cause any harm, when it’s eaten regularly or in large amounts, it can cause serious anemia that must be treated.
If you’re suspecting that your dog has been the victim of onion poisoning, look for symptoms such as lethargy, vomiting, drooling, blood in the urine, pale gums, and an elevated heart rate. Keep in mind that some of these symptoms will take several days to notice.
Yes, bread dough is bad as well. Allowing your dog to eat unbaked dough can even be deadly. What happens is that the dough rises and expands which causes a twisted stomach.
Some symptoms to check for consists of; huge increase in heart rate, severe weakness, a bloated stomach, and unfortunately death.
Who hasn’t treated their dog to some popcorn? Our point exactly. It’s one of the most common snacks to give them to snack on. This can go either way and it all depends on whether you pop your own popcorn at home or buy it from the store. Popcorn that is store bought is more than likely to be fully loaded with sodium. Salt toxicity can lead to vomiting, tremors, seizures, frequent urination and even a coma, says The Pet Poison Helpline.
Xylitol? Yeah, we never heard of it until recently either. However, it’s a sweetener found in almost everything. Literally, everything. You can find it in toothpaste, gum, candy, etc. Now, does this mean that you should completely eliminate ‘everything’ from the list of things your dog can consume? No. You should simply be cautious of the things you allow your dog to get their hands on that may contain this sweetener.
Does this mean your dog can’t have peanut butter? No. Peanut butter is fine. However, macadamia nuts can cause fevers, weakness, and vomiting. Getting help early on will eliminate any symptoms that may have occurred.
Grapes & Raisins
Consuming grapes and raisins can be very toxic for dogs. It has not yet been discovered what exactly causes this reaction in them, according to PetMD. However, it can cause acute kidney failure. The unfortunate part is that it’s hard to catch until things have already taken a turn for the worst. Vomiting and excessive urination are possible symptoms.
Get Help Quick
If after reading this article you realize that you’ve given your little one anything on this list, call your local veterinarian fast. They will make sure to see your dog as soon as possible for the best outcome.
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