Dogs love to eat but can sometimes gobble up things that can be dangerous to their health. We know what to feed our dogs to keep them healthy, but what foods should they be avoiding?
Everyday Foods Your Dog Shouldn’t Eat
If it’s fine for us to eat, it should be fine for our pets as well, right? Unfortunately not. We spend a lot of time trying to protect our dogs from hazards outside, but some of the most harmful things to them reside in the pantry and on the kitchen table and a lot of us may not think twice about offering them to our dogs. Having an awareness and understanding of the everyday items that may cause harm to our beloved pooches is vital. While some of the foods on the list may just cause stomach issues, others could kill.
Foods to avoid:
• Corn on the cob
• Almonds and macadamia nuts
• Stone fruit
• White bread
While your dog may beg for table scraps, veterinarians say it’s best to say no. The main concern would be adverse reactions such as gastrointestinal upset and pancreatitis. While table scraps may seem harmless, they can be trouble for your dog. Sure, he may enjoy that sausage or piece of hot, buttery toast now, but it could be a very different story in a couple of days when his body is working overtime trying to metabolise the fatty foods in his system. While some dogs are fine with random table scraps, others may not be — but it’s impossible to predict. Veterinarians have countless examples of dogs eating things they shouldn’t. One of his most memorable cases involved a dog and some BBQ kebab skewers. The skewers had perforated the dog’s bowel, with intestinal contents leaking out into the abdomen and causing fulminant peritonitis. The dog was collapsed, weak, lethargic and in septic shock. Fortunately, the vet was able to remove the skewers, repair the intestinal compromise and flush the abdomen copiously with saline. Miraculously, she survived the surgery. Unfortunately, others haven’t been as lucky.
What To Do If Your Dog Eats Chocolate | Keep Away From Chocolate
Chocolate is another big no-no. While the odd square of chocolate might seem like a harmless treat, giving it to your dog can be deadly, especially for small-breed dogs and puppies. Chocolate, cocoa powder and carob contain theobromine, which is a naturally occurring bitter and volatile alkaloid. When dogs ingest theobromine two hormones are released — norepinephrine and epinephrine — which can increase heart rate and cause irregular or abnormal rhythms. The danger is that dogs metabolise theobromine at a much slower rate, so it stays in their system longer. Chocolate toxicity is dependent on the weight of the dog and the amount of chocolate they’ve eaten. If a 20kg dog (such as a Collie or Poodle) ate just 25g of dark chocolate, they could show symptoms of chocolate poisoning. But if a smaller dog ate the same amount, it could prove to be lethal.
What Causes Pica in Dogs?
Canine pica is a common condition that involves a dog habitually eating things that aren’t food. Pica is a complex issue with no true known underlying cause but is, rather, multifactorial. Possible contributing factors include anxiety, boredom, liver shunts, gastrointestinal disorders, pancreatic insufficiency, neurological disease and many more.Treatment often requires a visit to a veterinarian who specialises in animal behaviour to help diagnose and manage any underlying anxiety.
Toxic and Dangerous Foods Your Dog | Warning Signs
If you think your dog has eaten something harmful, it’s important to stay calm and take control of the situation. Contact your veterinarian to determine if the toxin is harmful to your dog. Your vet will be able to inform you if the amount ingested is concerning with respect to the weight of your dog and, if so, what the recommendation is for management or treatment or decontamination. While the symptoms associated with toxicity vary depending on what was eaten, there are some general clinical signs to keep an eye out for, including:
• Diarrhea that may or may not
• Abdominal pain
• Increased panting
It’s worthwhile familiarising yourself with the most common household toxins so you can recognise the signs of toxicity quicker.
Protecting Your Dog From Harm
Our homes are filled with potentially harmful foods and household items. A lot of the items that can do the most harm are right under our dogs’ noses. We can’t watch our dogs all the time, but we can make it harder for them to have access to things that can hurt them. Here are a few things to try:
• Se cure potentially harmful items and keep them out of reach. This includes household items such as cleaning products and utensils, loose items such as small toys, medications and live electric cords.
• When outside in the yard, ensure pesticides, fertiliser, small tools and garden debris are locked up or cleared away where your dog can’t get them.
• If you’re heading to a park or beach, take a look aro und to see if you can spot potential hazards. This is especially important when your dog is off lead.
List Of Weird Things Dogs Have Eaten
The vets have treated lots of dogs who’ve eaten things they shouldn’t. Here are some of the
• Wooden kebab skewers
• Corn cobs