Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fruits, Veggies & Nuts That Are Toxic To Your Dog - Part 1

There's very little we won't do for our little fury loves, including giving them pieces of our food. However, there are some things your dog should never get his or her little paws on.

Here's a list of fruits and veggies that may be toxic to your it safe, keep it away.

Grapes & Raisins can cause kidney failure and irreversible kidney damage within 24 hours of being eaten.
Symptoms: Vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, noticeable abdominal pain, little urination, and wobbly and almost weakened movement.

Tomatoes - parts of tomato plants, like the vines, stems, and leaves contain a harmful alkaloid called atropine (tomatine poisoning), which can cause serious problems if eaten. Green or unripened fruit has less of the toxin but can still cause stomach upset. Although ripened red tomatoes are not as likely to make your dog sick, they should not be part of a regular dog food diet.
Causes: Tremors, seizures, and heart arrhythmia.
Symptoms: Unusual drooling, overall weakness, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dilated pupils, and even paralysis.

Garlic, Onions and Chives - There are mixed thoughts about feeding dogs garlic. When fed in small amounts, garlic is said to be beneficial for your dog because it's considered one of nature's antibiotics. On the other hand, when injected in larger amounts, both garlic and onion (in fresh, dried, or powdered form) can cause anemia and stomach upset due to the destruction of red blood cells.
Symptoms: Rapid heart rate, weakness, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the urine, pale and thin gums.

Avocado - All part of the plant and seed-pit should NOT be eaten by dogs. If they do, dogs could experience painful oxygen deprivation leaving to possible death and pancreatitis. It is still being debated by the scientific community if the actual avocado meat and oils are poisonous, so it may be best to void all of it.
Symptoms: Trouble breathing or loss of breath, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion, fluid build up in the chest are.

Macadamia Nuts - Generally consumption will not be fatal, but can cause your dog to become extremely ill. The toxin in the nut is not know. Ingestion of just a handful of nuts can cause adverse effects. As little as six macadamia nuts can trigger locomotory difficulties in dogs. Toxicity will typically happen within 6-24 hours.
Symptoms: Vomiting, weakness, depression, lack of energy, drunken walking, joint/muscle pain, joint swelling, tremors, ataxia, hypothermia, and abdominal pain.

Immediately take your dog to the nearest Veterinarian if your dog ingests any of these items.

(Part 2 of this post will go live next week)

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