Having a dog is one of the most beautiful things in life. But it is very important to know what you can and can’t feed your dog. If you think that dogs can eat everything you eat, it is time to know that you are wrong.
Because dogs have a different metabolism than people, feeding human foods to dogs can be very dangerous for their health and may even be fatal in some cases. To be aware of the foods that you should keep out of your dogs reach, here are 4 foods that can be toxic to dogs.
1. Chocolate: Chocolate contains the stimulant chemicals theobromine and caffeine, both of which are very difficult for dogs to metabolize. If eaten by a dog, chocolate can cause vomiting, dehydration, abdominal pains, severe agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm, elevated body temperature, seizures, and death. The severity of the side effects depends on how large the dog is, and how much and what type of chocolate it has consumed. The darker and less sweet the chocolate, the more toxic it will be to your dog.
2. Avocados: Avocado leaves, pits, bark, and fruit contain a toxin called persin. Persin is perfectly safe for human consumption but can be very poisonous to dogs. They can cause upset stomachs in dogs, breathing difficulties, and fluid buildup in the chest. Since it’s slippery, the avocado pit can accidentally be swallowed by dogs, leading to obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract.
3. Grapes: Grapes and raisins can be extremely toxic to dogs. Although the toxic compounds in grapes are still unknown, even small amounts can make your dog sick. Dogs can develop vomiting or diarrhea as well as a lethargic state. These may be followed by signs of kidney failure, such as excessive thirst and very little urine production.
4. Yeast Dough: The raw yeast dough from making bread can ferment in a dog’s stomach, becoming toxic. As the yeast cells ferment, they actually produce alcohol, which causes a dog’s blood alcohol level to rise and can ultimately cause alcohol poisoning and death. The dough will expand in a dog’s stomach and can cause severe bloating. This puts pressure on the surrounding organs and can make it very difficult for the dog to breathe. Vomiting, abdominal discomfort and lethargy can also occur.