Why you can't let your dog eat chocolate, macadamia nuts and other ordinary foods.
Is chocolate bad for dogs? Absolutely! Many people think this is a myth or an "old wives tale". Still others have never heard that chocolate can be harmful to your dog. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine and can be fatal to your dog, depending on size and the amount consumed. If your buddy snatches a chocolate chip off the floor, don't sweat it. If he snags a whole bag of chocolate chips or several chocolate bars, you will have a mighty sick dog.
If your dog accidentally eats a bag of Snickers, your vet may not be able to help, as there is no antidote for caffeine poisoning. You may get lucky and your dog may just go through extreme restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits, and bleeding before coming out of caffeine poisoning. However, if this condition is bad enough, you may lose your buddy.
You must be aware, too, that chocolate is just one form of caffeine poisoning. Don't leave a cup of cool coffee or tea where your dog can get at it. They might not care for the taste, but if you put in some sugar, they'll probably go after the whole mug.
Here are some other foods bad for dogs:
Macadamia nuts contain toxins that can make your dog very ill. Just a handful of macadamia nuts can make a dog sick. Now, we already know that dogs eating chocolate can get very ill. Combine the macadamia nuts with chocolate and you've got a lethal poison for dogs. It can cause kidney failure and death.
How about a plate of chips and guacamole at your party? Well, the avocado in this delicious dip is pretty harmless to humans, unless you have allergies. However, the substance called "persin" found in avocado fruit and plants can be extremely harmful to most animals, including dogs.
Keep your dog away from alcohol in any form. The ethanol in alcohol is toxic, depending on the amount consumed. Don't let your dogs eat raisins. Scientists haven't pinpointed the element that is toxic, but there are a lot of documented cases of renal failure in dogs that ingest various amounts of raisins and grapes.
Onions, garlic and nutmeg are a zesty way to spice up meal, but are considered dangerous to dogs. They lack the enzymes in their digestive system to process these foods and spices and this could result in gas, vomiting, diarrhea or severe gastrointestinal distress.
It's not advisable to allow your dog dairy products, either. They can cause diarrhea, stomach upset and constipation. Peaches,plums and persimmons have pits that are difficult to pass. Raw eggs, raw meats and raw fish can lead to salmonella poisoning. Too much salt can lead to excessive thirst and urination, which can lead to sodium ion poisoning.
Well, we started with the question "Is chocolate bad for dogs" and got off track a little. However, these are things you should know about some of the other foods that may make your dog sick. I hope this article helps you. The more you know about keeping your dog happy and healthy, the better life will be for both of you!
A big thanks to the following sources for this article:
WebMD: "Dangerous Foods For Dogs"
PetEducation.com: "Which Foods Could Be Dangerous for My Dog?"
Today.MSNBC.com: "'People Foods' That Can Kill Your Pet."
ASPCA: "People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet."
Provet Healthcare: "Caffeine Poisoning."
Petalia.com: "Human Foods That Poison Pets."
Dog Breed Info Center: "Raisin and Grape Toxicity in Dogs."
Oregon Veterinary Medical Association: "Protect Your Dog From Fish Disease."
Dog First-Aid 101: "Don't Feed Your Dogs Toxic Foods."