I know that I promised these blogs would arrive before the holidays. Let’s just say it didn’t happen, and leave it at that! However, that means I have two great, wonderful New Year’s blogs to bring you from the folks at Cyber Dog – just in time for National Train Your Dog Month! This fantastic guest blog from Cyber Dog team member Lynn Martin will help you keep your dog safe by recognizing some common food items that may be in your kitchen and a threat to your dog’s safety.
Common Kitchen Threats to Your Dog’s Safety
100,000 dogs are poisoned yearly and ingesting people food is the third largest cause of these poisonings. Your canine companion may look so cute as he sits there politely asking for a bite of your chocolate cake or a chip covered in guacamole. Remember that dog metabolism is different from our metabolism. What is perfectly safe for people can be dangerous, and sometimes fatal for our dogs.
- Chocolate. Chocolate products contain substances called methylxanthines that can cause vomiting in small doses, and death in larger doses. Darker chocolate contains more of these methylxanthines than do white or milk chocolate. For smaller breeds, just half an ounce of baking chocolate can be fatal, while a larger dog might survive eating 4 to 8 ounces. Coffee and caffeine have the same dangerous chemicals.
- Alcohol. Just likepeople, symptoms of alcohol poisoning may include vomiting, breathing problems, coma and even death.
- Avocado. Healthy for humans, but avocadoes have a substance called persin that can act as a dog poison, causing vomiting and diarrhea.
- Xylitol. This sweetener is found in many products, including sugar-free gum and candy. It causes a rapid drop in blood sugar, resulting in weakness and seizures. Liver failure also has been reported.
- Macadamia nuts. Dogs may suffer from a series of symptoms, including weakness, overheating, and vomiting, after consumption of macadamia nuts.
- Grapes and raisins. These fruits can induce kidney failure in dogs. Even a small number may cause problems in some dogs.
When entertaining, protect your dog from all the troublesome human treats by monitoring what is readily available in your house. Then, be proactive with your visitors and mention the problems that can arise with feeding your dogs human treats. Then relax and enjoy time with your dogs and visitors knowing that your dog will be safe from a poisoning tragedy.
Lynn Martin KPA-CTP