Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Foods That Can Harm (or kill) Your Dog!

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1. Turkey Skin

High fat foods, like that delicious turkey skin, can be extremely hazardous to your dog's health. The skin holds any marinade, spices, butter and oils and is difficult to digest. High fat foods can lead to pancreatitis. Symptoms include vomiting, abdominal pain, and lethargy.

2. Cooked Bones

Cooked turkey and ham bones are NOT safe for dogs. They can splinter in the dog's digestive tract and your holiday may include a pricey trip to the emergency room and worse. Dispose of bones carefully so that your pup isn't tempted to eat them.

3. Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic contain sulfides, which are toxic to dogs, and can lead to anemia. Onions are more toxic than garlic and cooking them does not reduce their toxicity.

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4. Alcohol

Many dogs love the taste of beer, but this does not mean you should share your frosty brew with your best friend. Any alcohol, and particularly the hops in beer, is toxic and in some cases can cause death in dogs.


5. Nuts

Specifically walnuts and macadamia nuts are very dangerous for your dog. They could cause a toxic reaction called macadamia nut toxicosis. Within 12 hours of eating them, dogs are unable to stand, are vomiting, having tremors, fever, weakness, and an elevated heart rate. Symptoms usually go away, but this can lead to deadly shock.

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6. Nutmeg

Used to spice sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, nutmeg can cause seizures and central nervous system problems if your dog ingests it. In extreme cases, it can even cause death. Both sweet potatoes and pumpkin, in moderation, are good for your dog --- just make sure they don't have any nutmeg in them before you feed your dog any!

7. Sage

Sage contains essential oils that can cause stomach upset. Best to keep this herb out of reach from your pup's paws!

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8. Chocolate, Dough, and Batter

We all know chocolate is a NO-NO, but did you know that dough can actually rise inside your dog's stomach, causing bloating and severe pain? Additionally, dough and batter contain raw eggs, which may contain salmonella. Keep your furkid out of the kitchen while you bake, and clean up any spills right away.


Merry Christmas!!!
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