Careful! These Foods Could Harm Your Dog.
At Jim’s Dog Wash, we care for all our furry friends. Not only do we like to make sure every pooch looks clean and fresh, we want to help keep them safe too. We understand how tempting it can be to give your furry family member treats of delicious epicurean delights. However, some food that is fit for human consumption can be dangerous for man’s best friend. Here, we share a list of foods that could potentially harm your dog.
Most people are aware that chocolate is dangerous for dogs to consume. But, do you know why? Chocolate poisonings result from a reaction to the theobromine compound, which is found in chocolate. Signs of chocolate poisoning are, vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea, increased drinking and urination, and hyperactivity. The most dangerous type of chocolate is cooking chocolate. This is because it contains the highest percentage of cocoa.
Avocados are becoming more and more popular in households around the country. But it’s super important to keep them out of your dog’s reach. Avocados include a fungicidal toxin called persin. Found in the leaves, bark, pits and fruit of avocados, it’s very poisonous to dogs. Not only can persin cause fluid in your dog’s chest and lungs, making it difficult to breathe, it can also cause complications with the heart, abdomen and pancreas.
Grapes / Raisins
Grapes and raisins are a quick, handy snack. Although they may seem harmless, they can have a poisonous effect on dogs. Researchers are yet to find exactly which element in the fruit is toxic. But, if a dog consumes raisins or grapes, it can lead to rapid kidney failure. Which can also lead to your beloved pet being hospitalised for days.
Onions, garlic and chives
Many people love onions and garlic, they are the base to a good dish. However, these staple ingredients have elements that are toxic for dogs. Onions, garlic and chives contain disulfides and thiosulphates. These toxins cause a condition in dogs called hemolytic anemia, which damages red blood cells. Another condition resulting from onions is methemoglobinemia, which is also a blood disorder.
What you feed your dog is one of the most important choices you can make for them. It’s vital to get it right. Grooming and exercise are also important for the health and wellbeing of your four-legged friend. To learn more about Jim’s Dog Wash and how our services can help care for your pet, phone 131 546.