Did you know that chocolate is toxic to dogs? I wish I knew this when I had my first dog Steffi. She used to love chocolates. And which dog wouldn’t? Dogs have a sweet tooth (unlike cats who don’t have ‘sweet’ taste buds) and any dog would gulp down chocolate immediately given half a chance!
But be wary. Chocolates contain theobromine which is toxic to dogs as they metabolize the chemical more slowly than humans. Merely 25 grams of bakers chocolate would be sufficient to bring about toxicity symptoms in your dog. Be wary!
Heart attacks, and arrhythmia are common causes of death in dogs who are subjected to Theobromine poisoning. The initial symptoms though are nausea and vomiting. Note that dark chocolate contains significantly more theobromine than white chocolate.
If you have accidentally fed your dog chocolate, or if your dog has managed to break into the the chocolate box (happens frequently ) and you notice any of the symptoms like diarrhea and increased urination, called the vet immediately.
Many a dog owner has been known to affectionately refer to their dog as “the four-legged garbage disposal” as they will happily eat anything we are eating. Some of our favorite foods, however, can be toxic to our companions and it is important to keep these foods out of reach. The following can be toxic to your furry friend.
• grapes & raisins
• coffee grounds
• yeast dough
• macadamia nuts
• xylitol – a sweetener found in chewing gum, candy and breath fresheners
Don’t forget to throw away meat wrappers and packaging as well – and keep the garbage in a closed cabinet with a pet-proof lid. Keep in mind that it takes a lot less to make a little dog sick, so those with smaller companions must be most attentive to safety!
Plants provide beauty and fresh air to our indoor spaces. However, your puppy or dog may see houseplants as an extra snack or a toy. This can prove dangerous, since some plants are toxic or poisonous. Learn which plants are potentially toxic and keep them high out of reach. Some toxic houseplants include:
• Creeping Charlie
• Easter Lily
• Golden Pothos
• Peace Lily
• Rhubarb leaves
• Castor bean
• Sago palm
• Tulip bulbs
Now with the festive season upon us, please do keep Mistletoe in mind. Although you might want to get close to your loved one under it, don’t let your furry friend take a bite! If you may not be all that knowledgable about your plants and their latin names, please consult someone who is.