So, the Holidays are upon us once again. This year has been one that will SURELY go down in history..hopefully to NEVER be repeated.
Many of you have and still are housebound. You might have even bought or adopted a new furry friend into your home since you would now have had the time to train one. We at DawgyLove believe A House Is Not A Home Without A Woof!
That being said you might have the urge to indulge your new buddy with special “people food” But do you know the risks, sometimes deadly ones, than can contribute to your dog becoming ill, a trip to the vet, and possibly losing your 4 legged friend?
There are certain foods that you should NEVER give to dogs. Don’t give them COOKED bones, only raw. Bones lose all their moisture during the cooking process and this makes them extremely brittle.
They can cause broken teeth, and mouth or tongue injuries. Or the bones can get looped around the lower jaw. They can also get stuck in the windpipe, esophagus, intestines, or create a gastrointestinal blockage and constipation.
Raw bones are an excellent choice for minerals and vitamins. They can enjoy these with no fear of harming them.
Here are a few other foods that should not be given to dogs. This is not a complete list. If in doubt, check it out.
1. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate. The caffeine and theobromine, also found in tea leaves, can be fatal if ingested in large amounts.
2. Avocados. All parts of the fruit are toxic to dogs. If any of it is eaten, it can cause food poisoning. If the pit is swallowed it can lead to an intestinal blockage.
3 Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in a short amount of time. Keep them out of reach of your pooch
4. Macadamia nuts..as few as 6 roasted or raw macadamia nuts AND chocolate can lead to death.
5. Alcohol. Any type of alcohol is bad for your dog because it has the same effect on dogs. to their liver and brain as it does to humans. It takes far less of an amount to do damage to them.
6. Peaches, plums, and persimmons. The pits contain cyanide . We know not to eat the pits but your dog doesn’t.
7. Salt. Don’t share your salty foods like pretzel, popcorn, and chips. The extra salt can cause sodium ion poisoning which can lead to death.
8. Coffee, tea, or any drinks containing caffeine. Coffee consumed in a large amount can be fatal and there is no antidote.
9. Raw Salmon. While cooked salmon is fine but raw salmon can lead to Salmon Poisoning Disease. This is from parasites and resembles parvovirus In addition, raw salmon contains lots of small bones, which are brittle and can choke your dog or lodge in his stomach or intestines. The disease is often fatal if not cured early on.
It’s always a good idea to check on anything that you are thinking of giving your dog. I grew up feeding our dogs scraps and almost anything they would eat. We always thought they were like Garbage Disposers (along with my 5 brothers!) We know so much more now and “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
As with your children keep the following number handy and in a visible place for yourself, family members, and anyone who might care for your dog.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435
Check out DawgyLove.com to see all of our GOOD things to eat.
Thanks for visiting us!