Are you feeding your pooch the tastiest treats or tasteless toxins? It could be the difference between a pup with a ‘pawsitively’ healthy lifestyle, or one with long-term medical problems.
We’re here to help you spot the culprits and culprit-less, and make sure your four-legged friends stay fit and fabulous! It’s time to unleash the truth – let the uncovering begin.
For many pet owners, this question is an all too familiar one. While food can be a powerful source of nutrition for our four-legged friends, it can also be a source of great danger.
We must be careful to understand the hidden risks of so-called ‘killer’ foods for dogs, in order to keep our canine companions safe and healthy.
Avocados may be a healthy snack for humans, but they are incredibly poisonous to dogs.
All parts of the avocado contain persin, a fungicidal toxin that can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. In some cases, it can even lead to congestion and fluid accumulation in the chest or abdomen.
While chocolate is considered a delicious treat for humans, it is highly toxic to dogs. Chocolate contains a compound known as theobromine, which can cause vomiting, increased heart rate, and even death in some dogs.
For this reason, it is important to keep all forms of chocolate away from your canine companion.
Though often found in forests or yards, wild mushrooms can also be found in some pet foods. Your pup can also eat mushrooms in the wild on walks, so be aware of your surroundings.
Unfortunately, these mushrooms can contain deadly toxins that can cause liver failure or even death in some dogs. It is important to ensure that your pet food does not contain any wild mushrooms before feeding it to your pup and being careful about where your walk your pup.
Caffeine is another deadly toxin for dogs. Caffeine can be found in coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks, as well as certain medications and dietary supplements.
Ingestion of caffeine can cause seizures and other serious health problems in pets. Therefore, it is important to avoid giving your dog any caffeinated products.
Grapes are another food that is toxic to dogs. Though their exact mechanism of action is still not fully understood, grapes have been known to cause kidney failure in some canine patients.
It is best to avoid feeding grapes or raisins to your pup.
Peppers are yet another ‘killer’ food for dogs. All varieties of peppers contain capsaicinoids which can cause stomach upset and even more serious gastrointestinal issues if ingested by pets.
It is best to avoid feeding your dog peppers of any kind.
Pet owners must be aware of the hidden dangers of ‘killer’ foods for dogs, as they can lead to serious health issues and even death. Foods such as avocados, chocolate, wild mushrooms, caffeine, grapes, and peppers should all be avoided when feeding our canine companions.
This article introduces 6 food items that are harmful to pups but there are many more! Taking the time to research these foods can help ensure that your pup stays safe and healthy.
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