Pet Care Tips: Toxic Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog

We love our pets and make sure to get them food on time. However, many pet owners may be unaware of foods that can be harmful to their pets. When it comes to grabbing tantalizing treats, dogs can be opportunistic, but not all common foods and drinks are right for them. Vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach, and decreased appetite are the most common effects of eating dangerous foods. Please call your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your dog has developed these symptoms after eating a particular meal. They will be better and healthier the sooner they receive treatment. Therefore, it is important to be mindful and aware when choosing food for your pet.⁠ (Also read: Is it safe to let your dog lick your face? Here’s what the vets say )

⁠Dr. Lior Kamara, veterinarian and founder of Korki Vet, suggested five foods that can be dangerous for your dog.

1. Chocolate and caffeine – it’s a common fact that they’re harmful to dogs, so keep those candy bars and your morning coffee out of their reach at all costs. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is⁠ for your pet.

2. ⁠ Grapes and raisins – these can cause life-threatening kidney failure in some cases. Although they don’t cause kidney failure in all pets, prevention is better than cure.

3. ⁠Alcohol and raw bread dough – it’s pretty obvious while alcohol is toxic to dogs, but don’t forget the small amounts of alcohol found in some syrups or cakes. Also, the yeast in raw bread dough can cause your stomach to expand, so cooking should be off limits whenever you bake homemade bread, just to keep things on the safe side.⁠

⁠4. Onions and garlic – everything that is part of the onion family (garlic, shallot, spring onion, chives) is toxic for dogs and cats. Even powders containing onions or garlic can cause significant harm.⁠ Keep these vegetables away from your dog.

5. Lawyer– Avocados are another toxic food for dogs. Avocado plants contain a substance called persin which is found in its leaves, fruits and seeds and can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

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