Dogs will eat, lick or chew almost anything and some everyday household items can be fatal.
🍫 Chocolate tops the food warnings, as caffeine and theobromine cause toxicosis and may bring seizures and death. Dark chocolate and cooking chocolate rank highest in harm.
☕️ Coffee has caffeine too, so the toxic danger is an equal issue.
🍇 Grapes sound like a great snack, except for the acute renal failure your dog might incur. Raisins are really just dried grapes, so they count too.
🥜 Macadamia nuts are particularly poisonous to dogs, and it’s easy to forget if they’re in cookies and snacks you might be tempted to share.
🧅 Onions kill canine blood cells and resulting Heinz Body Anemia can be life-threatening. Onion powder in food is enough to do this, so attention to ingredients is crucial.
🧄 Garlic isn’t as dangerous as onions, and small amounts may even appear in some dog foods, but in a larger quantity, it’s just as damaging.
🍷 🍺 Alcohol can cause the same liver and kidney damage it does to humans; it can also cause acidosis in your dog and end in cardiac arrest.
🥑 Avocados fall into dispute by dog owners, but even if the persin in avocados isn’t harmful to your dog, that big center seed is a choking hazard.
🦴 🐔 Chicken bones can splinter and do all sorts of harm. In fact, cooked bones of any kind may be brittle and hazardous.
🍖 Raw meat thrown to the dog is something you see in the movies, but our domesticated dogs aren’t wild anymore, and some are susceptible to salmonella and other bacterial poisonings.
Do you keep any of these items in places, exposed, easily accessible? It’s probably time to ensure food is kept high and in proper containers to safeguard your pooch. Be aware during parties or BBQs
💊Human pharmaceuticals like pain relievers might benefit you but our four-legged friends are truly a different animal. Some drugs may interfere with oxygen flow or do irreparable harm to the liver. Never use them, or any human medication, for dogs without veterinary consultation and direction.
👩🏽⚕️Veterinary pharmaceuticals may be prescribed for your pet, but that doesn’t mean they can’t overdose like we do on drugs. Oral doses are often flavored and hence attractive: if your dog finds the stash they might gobble it down. The use or dose for one size, breed, or species might not be fit for yours, so don’t borrow or take the drugs meant for another animal.
Expect your curious canine will find whatever you drop, and never leave open medication uncapped or sealed
☠Insecticides used for snails, slugs or rats.
🧼Cleaning products like bleach, window cleaners, and bathroom cleaners are often kept in low places your dog might get into.
❄Antifreeze smells so sweet your dog might literally be dying to drink it.
De-icers that deal with snow on driveways wind up on paws, and if those are licked, it can lead to poisoning
🔋 Batteries might keep electronics going and going, but they won’t energize your pet. Mouth ulcers, throat and stomach issues can result from the acid. Batteries
🧸 Toys with small parts might be great for older children, but dog toys are specific so that pieces aren’t swallowed or lodged in the throat.
🎾 Balls and other playtime pieces that aren’t made for dogs—and your dog’s size—can be deadly.
🧺Fabric softener sheets might offer a tempting secondary use for controlling pet hair, but chemicals in them aren’t healthy for your dog. They may also like the smell and want to play with them like toys, but it isn’t wise.
🌹 Plants may add an attractive quality to your home, but that beautiful smell or texture may tempt your pooch to lick or nibble.
🦴Rawhide dog chews might seem crazy to consider dangerous, but they can host bacteria like Salmonella, which isn’t good for either of you. Monitor the storage, handout, use, and life of chews.
Please be vigilant- if in doubt, don’t give it to your dog or puppy.