We all know that it's nearly impossible to resist puppy dog eyes that are begging you for a bite of your yummy snack. Whether it's a piece of banana or your leftover steak dinner, they will undoubtedly try to get in on the goodness. However, not all human food is healthy for dogs to consume. In fact, some perfectly healthy foods for humans can be toxic for our canine friends. Take a look at the list below to see 7 toxic foods to keep away from your puppy.
- Chocolate: I'm sure you've heard about chocolate being a big no-no for your pup, and it's true! Chocolate contains a poisonous alcaloid called Theobromine, and though it is present in all chocolates, it is most concentrated in dark chocolate. Consumption of theobromine can result in an upset stomach, or in worse cases, seizures and death.
- Onions & Garlic: These two foods are both part of the Allium food group, and they are are a big no-no for your pup. Research has shown that this food group can kill your pup's red blood cells, and cause them to develop Anemia.
- Ice Cream: Though dairy products are a staple in American cuisine, they can actually cause serious digestive issues for your puppy.
- Macadamia Nuts: Macadamia nuts are very toxic for dogs, even in small quantities. Your pup may experience nausea, weakness, and lethargy upon consumption, so be sure to keep these high out of reach!
- Avocados: Though avocado is such a tasty snack for us humans, it actually contain a fungicidal toxin called Persin that can be dangerous for dogs when consumed in high quantity. Keep this in mind on your at your next Margarita and Guacamole night!
- Grapes & Raisins: These tasty fruits are unfortunately very dangerous for your pup, and they have been linked to acute liver failure in many pups.
- Raw Meats: Just like for humans, raw meats are NOT a food you want to offer to your pup. Bacterias like E.Coli and Salmonella are likely to surface on these meats, causing horrible digestive issues. Be sure to wash your hands and clean all surfaces touched mt raw meat before serving your puppy.
Feeling overwhelmed? Don't be! Just keep this list handy and share it with any of your puppy parent friends to avoid any emergency room visits for your loving pup.
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