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Fruits And Vegetables That Are Toxic To Your Dog

Feb 10th 2015 at 2:15 AM

Despite the begging, whining, and sad eyes, sharing meals with your dog can do more harm than good, as some “human” food can be toxic to your pet.It might seem mean to withhold your meal, but canine digestive systems are not like human digestive systems, and most dog foods are specially made with your pet’s specific nutritional needs in mind. Make sure to keep your family pet safe and sound by watching what they eat and keeping human food off their plate.

If your dog wants to share your chips and dip, think twice before you indulge them. Guacamole in large amounts can be dangerous to canines as a substance in avocados called persincan cause upset stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting if dogs consume either the fruit or the peel of the avocado.Even growing an avocado tree can be dangerous if your dog likes to chew trees or branches, because persin is present in the leaves and bark of avocado trees.

Grapes, raisins, and currants might seem like a small treat for your pup, but these fruits can make your pet very sick. It’s not fully known why these are so toxic to canines, but it can lead to life-threatening problems and possible kidney damage.

Onions, scallions, and any member of the shallot family either raw or cooked can be harmful to your pet. Even in powdered or dehydrated form, these vegetables contain chemical compounds that can cause damage to your pet’s red blood cells and trigger anemia. If left undetected, the damage can be so severe that a blood transfusion may be required.

Consuming the leaves or stems of tomato plants or small, unripe green tomatoes can cause stomach upset and weakness in many dogs, making them generally uncomfortable and lethargic. Although these leaves and stems are not poisonous, they can still make your canine very sick.

Oftentimes, the fruit itself isn’t the most dangerous part for an animal. Seeds from apricots, avocados, peaches, persimmons, or plums can cause choking or they can get lodged in the intestines and cause an obstruction of the digestive tract. This obstruction can possibly lead to an infection of the small intestine and cause dehydration and serious diarrhea.

To ensure your pet doesn’t consume anything they shouldn’t, make sure to keep food stored in refrigerators or cupboards and off of tables or counters where some dogs can easily reach. Ifyour canine companion does start acting out of sorts, lethargic, begins vomiting or exhibiting serious diarrhea, or if they ingest something dangerous or harmful, seek help and call your vet right away.

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Author Bio

Nancy has a deep love of animals and talks and writes about them regularly. She is a huge animal rights advocate. Read her thoughts at pet care tips blog.

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