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September is National Food Safety Awareness Month. This is a pretty big topic for anyone with a dog. Fido will eat pretty much anything, which is both cute and dangerous. Many of the foods you would find in the average household are toxic to Man’s Best Friend. Read on as a Chesapeake, VA vet lists some of the things you should never give your pup.
Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which is toxic to our canine pals. Chocolate can be deadly to dogs at just one ounce per pound of a pup’s bodyweight. While dark chocolate is the most dangerous, any type of chocolate is a no-no.
We’ve all seen those iconic images of dogs happily gnawing on bones. The problem here is that bones get very brittle when cooked. This makes them prone to snapping off into sharp shards. That is not only a serious choking hazard, but also can cause serious—and potentially life-threatening—internal damage.
This is a tricky one, as many of these foods aren’t dangerous because of toxicity, but because the seeds and pips can cause intestinal blockages. This list includes things like peaches, plums, apricots, and cherries. One notable standout here is avocado, which is always unsafe, even without the pit.
Xylitol is another dangerous one, as it is used in many processed and baked goods, including some that would otherwise be safe. Before offering Fido anything like peanut butter or baby food, and/or adding it to his food or treats, double check the label.
The issue here is that raw dough and yeast can sometimes expand in pet’s stomachs. As one can imagine, this can be extremely dangerous. (It’s also worth pointing out that raw meat is unsafe as well.)
This is an odd one, as no one is quite sure exactly what it is in these tiny fruits that affects dogs. However, pets can get very sick from eating just one grape.
Man’s Best Friend has a hard time processing large amounts of fat. While an occasional piece of bacon is fine, too much fat can cause pancreatitis, a painful and dangerous condition.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. As your Chesapeake, VA pet hospital, we’re here for you!