Protect Your Pup: Top Toxic Foods for Dogs

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One of the best ways to protect your pup is to know what to look out for - dogs love food and are very good at getting it. Between strangers offering your dog random treats and your pup sniffing the ground for stray scraps of food,  it's important to know what can harm your best friend. Here is a list of foods that you should look out for and keep away from your dog:

1. Avocados  - Avocados contain a substance called persin that is harmless for humans, but in large doses, is fatal for dogs. If you bring your dog with you to social events, make sure you keep the pup away from guacamole.

2.  Candy  - Candy, gum, toothpaste, and anything sweetened with xylitol causes an increase in insulin in dogs' bodies, causing their blood sugar to drop, which can potentially cause liver failure. Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination, and even seizures. 

3. Chocolate  - The toxic substance in chocolate that is dangerous for dogs is called theobromine. This agent is in all kinds of chocolate (including white), though the most dangerous are dark chocolate, unsweetened, and chocolate mulch. Eating even just a small amount of chocolate can cause a dog to vomit, have diarrhea, and be excessively thirsty, and may eventually cause seizures and death.

4. Onions and Garlic  - Onions and garlic in any form (cooked, raw, dehydrated, powder) destroys dogs' red blood cells and leads to anemia. Occasional small doses won't harm dogs, but eating a large quantity even once can cause poisoning in dogs. 

5. Grapes  - Grapes in even a small amount will make dogs sick and can lead to kidney failure. Signs of kidney failure include repeated vomiting, lethargy and depression.

6. Macadamia Nuts  - Macadamia nuts are fatal to dogs - as few as six nuts, raw or roasted, can make a dog ill. Symptoms of poisoning include muscle tremors, paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, fever, and rapid heart rate.

Make sure to keep these foods away from your dog to keep them happy and healthy! For more dog tips, check out the "Tips N' Tricks" pack of the Finding Rover app. 

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Published on by Beatrix Chan.

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