This week we’re going to the dogs here at LHBH! It’s our first ever Doggie Week! Comment on Monday’s post and be entered into our drawing for either a homemade doggie squeaker toy or homemade doggie treats (your… or your puppie’s choice)! Also, checkout Kevin’s post on the things our girls have destroyed in the last year and our homemade stuffingless dog toys!
Don’t give your dogs (or cats) chocolate. It’s a rule that every pet owner knows. But did you know that there are other common foods that are just as bad for your pooch? We’ve put together a list of some of the most common foods that Fido might come into contact with. This is by no means an exhaustive list, nor are we veterinarians. If you have questions about whether a food is okay for your dog or cat to eat, please call your vet!
Avocado contains a compound called persin that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and organ damage in most animals, including both cats and dogs. No guacamole for Fido!
Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic can destroy your pet’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Unlike chocolate, which effects your pets immediately after eating, the harmful effects of onions and garlic add up over time. It is especially bad for cats. Besides, who wants to smell garlic puppy breath?
Grapes and Raisins
While an oatmeal raisin cookie may sound like a healthy treat for your pooch, raisins and grapes actually are very harmful to dogs. If large quantities are consumed at once, it can cause kidney failure and ultimately, death. Don’t mess with raisins. They will mess. Fido. up.
While you and Fido may like to kick back on the deck with a cold one after a long day at work (and while Fido may be hilarious drunk), alcohol is bad for your pets. Because of their small size, alcohol can make them sick very quickly. And if you and Fido knock one back on a regular basis, it may be causing permanent liver damage, not to mention hops are also toxic to dogs.
Walnuts and Macadamia Nuts
Walnuts and macadamia nuts are especially harmful to your dog. Symptoms usually occur withing 12 hours of eating the nuts and can range from vomiting to paralysis and even death. Remember, Fido is not a squirrel. No nuts!
Found in many gums and candies, xylitol is a common low calorie sweetener. When consumed by your pet, however, it can cause a rapid drop in blood sugar, seizures, and death. So no matter how bad Fido’s doggy breath becomes, don’t give him any gum!
You can find more information on harmful foods and many other substances on the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Site. The number for their hotline is (888) 426-4435. Write it down and stick it on your fridge… it might just save your doggie’s life some day!