Sometimes it is tempting to let the dog lick off your plate, or eat the food you drop while cooking. We all cringe when it hits the floor but then are quickly glad to know that the dog can enjoy a treat.
Do you ever wonder if what you just dropped and they just ate was healthy for them? Have you ever come home to your dog rummaging through your pantry and wonder if there was something they ate that might have been poisonous?
These are moments that instead of worrying about after the fact, we should know more about beforehand. Having a complete understanding for what is dangerous for all dogs, will keep you and your emotional support dog safe from harms way.
This information will not only be helpful to your understanding of what is safe for your animals, but also in the instance that you may need to help another dog. This article will discuss more about those dangerous items and what to look for and ultimately do, should there be an emergency that you encounter.
This ingredient is found in all sweetened baked goods you can buy at the store. Xylitol can be found in products like candy, chewing gum, toothpaste, all sorts of baked goods, and even some diet foods can often be found to be sweetened with xylitol. If your Emotional Support Dog starts to show signs of vomiting, lethargy and coordination issues, you should quickly get to a vet as liver failure and seizures are the next stage and it can be fatal.
Avocado is full of persin, and in large quantities can be fatal for animals. Persin is in the leaves, the seeds, bark and the green inside the fruit.
Sorry, no happy hours for your Emotional Support dog! Alcohol has the same effect on dogs as it does on humans, so the first thing effected is the liver and brain. Dogs are effected more easily by alcohol, so even the smallest amount of consumption of alcohol can be bad for your Emotional Support Animal. Any amount of alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, breathing problems, a coma, even death. The smaller emotional support animals, the less alcohol it takes to show these signs. Because this is a common product to have around the house, it can be even more important to know the deadly effects it can have on animals.
Onion and Garlic
Because onion and garlic are known for their attack on red blood cells, it is important to keep them both away from your emotional support dog. Small amounts and rare amounts of garlic and onion are probably ok for most dogs, although if you aren’t sure how much is too much for your dog, look for signs of weakness, vomiting or breathing problems.
Coffee, Tea and other drinks with Caffeine
Caffeine in any shape or form can be fatal, but coffee, tea, chocolate, energy drinks, sodas, even cold medicines and pain killers can have caffeine. These are all types of items that have too much caffeine for emotional support dogs, and can be life threatening or fatal. Watch out for restlessness, muscle spasms, and fast breathing if you are worried your dog has ingested too much of any of these products.
Grapes and raisins
Grapes both raisins and fresh grapes, will cause kidney failure over time. The smallest amount can make your emotional support dog sick. The signs that your dog has ingested too many grapes or raisins, are vomiting repeatedly, sluggish behavior and depressed attitude.
Dairy products can cause a range of problems with your emotional support animal, but many dogs are not meant to ingest milk from other animals. Even many humans are not meant to ingest milk from other animals. Feeding your Emotional Support Dog can trigger problems with digestion and cause diarrhea.
It takes only 6 tiny macadamia nuts to make a dog violently ill. It’s important if you have an Emotional Support dog that you keep macadamia nuts out of their reach. If you think your emotional support dog has ingested macadamia nuts, you should look out for symptooms like muscle shaking, vomiting, a raised temperature, and hind leg weakness. Sometimes chocolate has macadamia nuts in it, if you suspect that your dog has eaten chocolate covered macadamia nuts, this could be fatal.
The problem with chocolate and dogs is they cannot digest theobromine, which is in both chocolate and white chocolate. Enough chocolate and an emotional support dog can go through tremors, heart problems, seizures and ultimately this can be fatal.
The fat trimmings and bones from cooked meats
Cooked fat trimmings and cooked bones are not only choking hazards for your dog, but also they are destructive in their digestive systems. We spoke about this in a previous article, but dog bones can easily cause cuts and blockages in airways and be harmful in places that are not totally visible.
Peaches, Plums and Persimmons
Mostly these fruits cause blockages in dog’s stomachs and also can be a choking hazard, although there is a trace of cyanide in the pits of these fruits, which is poisonous to both people and emotional support dogs.
No salt and pepper for your emotional support dog! Too much salt can cause your dog to vomit, have diarrhea, depression, extreme tremors, and could even be fatal.
If you’ve read through this list, hopefully you can spend some time making these items and ingredients in your kitchen, less accessible to your emotional support dog. In the future, should your emotional support dog, or any dog for that matter, ingest any of the following and is starting to show signs that things are worsening call ASPCA immediately this is the Animal Poison Control Center phone number (888) 426-4435. Specialists will help you decipher if and how your dog may have ingested something hazardous, and will get you connected with emergency services right away!