10 February 2019
10 February 2019,

What NOT to feed your special canine friend




Biltong, rib bones and dental sticks – all extremely popular doggie treats for the spoilt South African canines out there. Leftovers are a hit too! We love to spoil our dogs! But how often do we think about the repercussions of what we feed our furry friends?


We’ve all obviously been pet owners long enough to know that chocolate is a BIG no no, but how many more doggie-dangerous items are lurking around in our fridges that we don’t even know about? Here are a few household regulars that you didn’t know were poisonous to your dogs:


1. Caffeine



This is a seemingly obvious one. Caffeine isn’t good for humans, so why would it be good for dogs? Much like chocolate, caffeine contains a stimulant called Theobromine that targets the dog’s gut, heart, central nervous system and kidneys. Licking up your spilled morning coffee or tea isn’t likely to do much damage, but swallowing large quantities of caffeine will likely be dangerous to your dog.


2. Garlic and onions



These vegetables, specifically onions, are extremely toxic to dogs, as they can cause severe gut irritation and could potentially lead to red blood cell damage and anaemia. Signs of poisoning usually only occur days after your dog has ingested the vegetable, so be vigilant!


3. Alcohol



According to Vetsnow, alcohol is significantly more toxic to dogs than to humans. When consumed, even small quantities of alcoholic beverages and food products may cause vomiting, diarrhoea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, blood changes, coma and even death. So, remember to keep alcohol well out of your dog’s reach.


4. Grapes and raisins



Grapes and raisins are particularly dangerous as they can cause severe kidney failure with as little as just one raisin being potentially life threatening. Scientists have concluded that there is no safe dosage of grapes or raisins and thus they should be removed from your pet’s diet entirely.


5. Xylitol



Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in foods like sugarless gum, sugar-free sweets and baked goods. It can also be found in toothpaste, mouthwash, chewable vitamins and cough drops. Ingestion can cause a life-threatening drop in your dog’s blood sugar, as well as liver damage. Symptoms include vomiting, seizures and loss of coordination, which can occur anywhere from a few minutes to several hours after ingestion.


Author: Andrea Wilkins


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