Looking after our four-legged canine friends
Our furry friends love treats but too many or certain food items can potentially cause problems sometimes fatal. Some foods can be harmful to your companion animal health so be aware. Here are just some of the foods you should never feed your four-legged friend;
Alcohol and products that contain it can cause vomiting, diarrhea and breathing difficulty and can be fatal.
Caffeine, coffee, and chocolate – these all contain the substance methylxanthines. This can cause vomiting and diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm and can be fatal.
Coconut and coconut based products contain oil which can upset the stomach and cause diarrhea.
Citrus and citrus plants contain some citric acid all can cause stomach upset.
Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.
Macadamia Nuts can cause many problems like weakness, vomiting, and hyperthermia in dogs.
Dairy products contain lactase and these can cause diarrhea and digestive upset.
Nuts contain fats and oils, these can cause diarrhea
and sometimes pancreatitis.
Avocados can be very dangerous for dogs as they contain a toxin called persin.
Garlic and onions can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage.
Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs, and Bones can contain bacteria such as salmonella and E.coli. Be aware that dogs can choke on bones, some may get bone lodged or puncture their digestive tract.
Salty foods can produce excessive thirst and sometimes cause sodium ion poisoning. Too much salt can cause vomiting, diarrhea and can sometimes be fatal.
The sweetener xylitol can lead to liver failure, vomiting, and seizures.
Yeast dough can expand in your animal’s digestive system, causing bloating, twisting and sometimes be fatal.
Sugary foods can cause weight gain, diabetes, and upset stomach.
Always avoid these foods and if you suspect your companion animal has eaten anything potentially harmful and dangerous. Always contact your veterinarian immediately.
They can help provide information, advice, help and emergency assistance.