Dog Bone Treats Unsafe: Here Are Other Foods You Shouldn't Feed Your Canine Friend
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or FDA issued a warning to dog owners that processed bone treats could kill their pets or cause internal wounds or diarrhea, to name a few.
That said, these aren't the only things to look out for since numerous people foods are harmful to dogs too, and in light of the event, it's worth taking note of what they are.
Unsafe Food For Dogs
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or ASPCA, the most toxic foods include not only painfully obvious kinds such as alcohol but also seemingly innocuous ones such as salt, milk, and raw eggs.
Avocados are capable of making their own fungicide called persin, but dogs are allergic to them. Some people are allergic to them too, for the record.
Dogs shouldn't ingest any amount of alcohol no matter what, as it can cause inflictions such as diarrhea and vomiting, put them into a coma, or even lead to death.
Everybody knows that coffee contains the stimulant caffeine, and when it enters a dog's system, it'll bring about muscle tremors and heart palpitations. What's more, it contains methylxanthine, a substance deadly to pets.
Just like coffee, chocolate contains methylxanthine. Needless to say, it'll cause more or less the same dangers as caffeine.
Now the harmful substance is found in cacao seeds, and to put two and two together, the darker the chocolate, the more detrimental it is.
Milk and other dairy products can cause diarrhea or other stomach problems because dogs have only a small amount of the enzyme used to break down the lactose in them.
Dogs should steer clear of citrus plants and their fruits and seeds, as they contain citric acid that causes central nervous system depression, though that'll occur only when they consume large amounts of it.
The oils found in the flesh and milk of coconuts can cause diarrhea, loose stool, or other digestive issues.
Similar to coconuts, the oil and fats in nuts can cause diarrhea and vomiting, but what's worse is they can develop pancreatitis.
• Onions, Garlics, And Chives
These plants can cause anemia in pets by damaging their red blood cells if consumed in great quantities.
Salt can dehydrate dogs, have them urinating excessively, and even kill them, though the pets will have to ingest large amounts of it before that happens.
• Gum, Candy, Etc.
Gum, candy, and other sweet products typically contain xylitol, a substance that can cause liver failure in dogs.
• Yeast Dough
The problem with yeast dough is that it can cause gas in dogs, so much so that it'll lead to bloating their stomachs and twist them, which could kill them.
• Raw Eggs And Meat
Both dogs and people are susceptible to the adverse effects of raw eggs and meat, as they contain salmonella and E. coli.
Dogs and bones are seemingly the perfect combination, even robotic versions have the treat tied to them.
However, that applies only to dogs in the wild. Domesticated ones are at risk of choking on the bones — regardless whether it's raw or not — and even have splinters get stuck in their throats or puncture their digestive tracts.
In Case Of An Emergency
In the event that your dog eats any of the listed foods above or showed signs of having ingested them, it's recommended to contact ASPCA Poison Control Center immediately at (888) 426-4435.