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Monday, March 14, 2016

Even Though They BEG...Do NOT Feed These!

You might think that the list I am about to share with you is a little strange...I have fed my own dogs a little piece of apple or cherry...but never the skin or the stems or leaves!  I think the word we must remember is MINIMAL...just a taste!!

Following is a list of 5 foods that you should NOT feed your dog.

1. Alcoholic Beverages. Ethanol is the component in alcoholic beverages that can be toxic when an excessive amount is ingested. Pets are much smaller than us and can be highly affected by small amounts of alcohol. Exercise caution when drinks and pets are together. Toxicity can cause a wide variety of signs and symptoms, and may result in death. Signs may include odor of alcohol on the animal's breath, staggering, behavioral changes, excitement, depression, increased urination, slowed respiratory rate or cardiac arrest and death. 
2. Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches and Plums. Ingestion of large amounts of stems, seeds and leaves of these fruits can be toxic. They contain a cyanide type compound and signs of toxicity include apprehension, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, hyperventilation and shock.

3. Avocados . The leaves, fruit, bark and seeds of avocados have all been reported to be toxic. The toxic component in the avocado is "persin," which is a fatty acid derivative. Symptoms of toxicity include difficulty breathing, abdominal enlargement and abnormal fluid accumulations in the chest, abdomen and sac around the heart. The amount that needs to be ingested to cause symptoms is unknown. Do not feed your pet any component of the avocado.

4. Baking Powder and Baking Soda . Baking soda and baking powder are both leavening agents. A leavening agent is a common ingredient in baked goods that produces a gas causing batter and dough to rise. Baking soda is simply sodium bicarbonate. Baking powder consists of baking soda and an acid, usually cream of tartar, calcium acid phosphate, sodium aluminum sulfate or a mixture of the three. Ingestion of large amounts of baking soda or baking powder can lead to electrolyte abnormalities (low potassium, low calcium and/or high sodium), congestive heart failure or muscle spasms.

5. Chocolate . Chocolate, in addition to having a high fat content, contains caffeine and theobromine. These two compounds are nervous system stimulants and can be toxic to your dog in high amounts. The levels of caffeine and theobromine vary between different types of chocolate. For example, white chocolate has the lowest concentration of stimulants and baking chocolate or cacao beans have the highest concentration. Depending on the type of chocolate ingested and the amount eaten, various problems can occur. 

If your dog should happen to eat any of these foods and show symptoms of a problem, seek treatment immediately. You never know when an emergency situation will arise, so it's best to be prepared.


Donna Schandera Staas said...

AwwwwMannnnn!!! My two are going to be SO pissed to find out about the beer one...Hahaaaa
Cute photo Miz Jeanne!

Two French Bulldogs said...

No way. Mom won't give us nothin
Lily & Edward

easy rider said...

I'm glad that Easy who eats efurrything totally dislikes chocolate... a miracle LOL

Murphy Campbell said...

We did not know about the avocado, thanks!

Keep Calm & Bark On!

Murphy & Stanley

ann thompson said...

Most of these I knew about but the avocado is a new one. I never would have thought about that being bad for dogs

Mitch and Molly said...

Great info! Thanks, girls!

The OP Pack said...

Always good to be reminded of all of those no-nos:)

Woos - Ciara and Lightning

Ruby said...

Okays, I'm gonna have to say that margaritas can NOT be on that list!!! hehehehehehe shhhh...don't tell Ma....You knows there is a big controversy abouts the Avocados. Some vetties say a little is okay, and somethings about the TYPE of avocado...I don't knows, I don't gets any anyways, so it don't really matters to me..BOL!
Oh, and Ma is awfully stingy with the scraps...somethings about me being on a diet, butts Gpa sneaks me thingies ALL the time that gets Ma really mad! BOL!!!!
Ruby ♥