Some summer treats we enjoy are foods toxic for the dog. Dogs are more than just our pets, they are part of our families. As such, we want to give them the best care we can, including maintaining their health and happiness. Some foods we eat without issue can be harmful, even fatal, for our four-legged friends. Here is a list of human foods to keep away from your dog to protect them from unnecessary harm and potential health problems.
- Avocado, in season in summer, contains persin, a toxin generally harmless to humans. However, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs and should be avoided.
- Alcohol seems obvious to avoid giving to your pooch. Dogs feel the effects much more than humans and small amounts can lead to death.
- Onions, garlic and chives are all in the Allium family of plants and highly toxic to dogs. They cause stomach irritation and potential anemia. Onion poisoning, often, only occurs after a few days of your dog eating the vegetable.
- Grapes and raisins are extremely toxic to dogs, although what the exact toxic component is, is unknown. Ingestion of grapes can lead to kidney failure.
- Ice cream, a warm weather favorite, is a problem for dogs in two ways. The dairy may be an issue if your dog is lactose intolerant and ice cream is high in sugar. Both lead to stomach upset and diarrhea.
- Cherries, another summer seasonal fruit, have cyanide in the skin and pit. Humans are able to avoid the pit and the levels in the skin don’t affect humans. The toxin levels are too high for dogs to consume without consequences.
- Salt and salty snacks are easier for dogs to get their snouts on as they drop on the ground by clumsy fingers at BBQs and parks. Unfortunately, they can cause excessive thirst and urination. Salt also may cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death.
These foods are toxic to the dog and not safe to share with your pet. Keeping these foods away from your dog will ensure their continued health and happiness. If you’re a dog owner who likes to share with your pet, there are many human foods good for your dog. In fact, many fruits and vegetables are especially healthy for your dog. Keep an eye out for another article to explore healthy human foods for your pup! Everyone here at Plexidor Dog Doors wishes you and your pets a safe and active lifestyle!