The holidays are full of friends, family, parties and food and we all want our fur family to be involved. The one thing that no one wants during the season is an emergency pet bill though. The following food can make your dog ill or even poison them so avoid them and reach for the treat bag instead if you just can’t hold back sharing with them.
- Milk/Dairy products
- Onions (Chives)
- Raw meats
- Raw poultry
- Raw fish
- Yeast dough
- Coffe grounds
- Candies or baked goods using Xylitol
It’s not just the food, remember to have your lights, cords,tree and other decorations out of reach from your pups.
Last but not least, remember to have a good time and ejoy the season!
December 1, 2020 | DogGeek
Everyone wants the best for their dog’s health. Keep these 16 foods away from them to help keep them safe.
- Alcohol – Dog’s bodies are not made to break down alcohol like a human’s body. Although you’re getting those sad puppy eyes from your dog, they don’t need a drink of beer!
- Chocolate – Chocolate can caue seziures, comas and even death. The darker the chocolate, the more concentrated it is and the more dangerous it becomes. An ounce of chocolate can poison a 30 lb dog. And we all know that chocolate is a go-to food for football ;-)
- Caffeine – Caffeine contains a substance called methylxanthines that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panding, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity and death. So keep the Red Bull’s out of reach!
- Onions – They destroy a dog’s red blood cells and can cause anemia, weakness and breathing difficulty.
- Garlic – Large amounts can cause the same issues as onions. This means garlic pizza too!
- Bread Dough/Raw Yeast – When ingested, the unbaked bread dough expands and can cause bloat. It can also cause alcohol poisoning and gas.
- Guacamole, Avocados and Pitted Fruits (ie Peache, Pears, etc…) – The pits are toxic to dogs. They can cause difficulty breathing, fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen, heart or pancreatitis.
- Macadamia Nuts – Can cause weakness, muscle and nervous-system issues and paralysis.
- Walnuts – Especially English Walnuts, can cause gastric intestinal upset and can cause obstruction in your dog’s body.
- Nuts – While most nuts are not poisonous to dogs, they can cause a very upset stomach as their bodies can not easily digest them.
Keep your dog healthy and call the emergency vet if needed.
January 28, 2019 | DogGeek
A DogGeek.com exclusive by Teresa Barker
Every house has more than a few common items that should be avoided by its canine inhabitants to keep them safe. Some are obvious items, like cleaning supplies, but some aren’t. Here’s a handy room-by-room list of things to keep away from your dog.
- Coffee grounds
- Chicken bones
- All human medications are extremely toxic to dogs
- Bar soap (“natural” soaps are often appealing because of their food-like smell)
- Shampoo (again, many smell appetizing, which is probably why you bought it!)
- Creams, lotions, ointments
- Flavored (and unflavored) dental floss
- Children’s toys with small parts
- Play Dough
- Some crayons, pens, etc.
- Sleep aides
- Beauty products kept at bedside
- Household plants including: Azalea, Devil’s Ivy, many types of ferns, Philodendron, Dracaena, Aloe Vera
- Seasonal plants including: many types of lily, poinsettia, Christmas rose, mistletoe
- Remote controls and gaming devices
- Electrical chords
- Lawn maintenance chemicals
- Many fertilizers and plant foods
- Antifreeze (which has a sweet taste to animals)
When in doubt, or if your dog has ingested something questionable, call the ASPCA poison control hotline at (888) 426-4435, which is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, or call your vet immediately.
Keeping these common household items away from your dog could save their life, and can be as easy as “child-proofing” your home. A good rule of thumb is if it’s toxic to kids, it’s probably toxic to dogs. Then add on the lesser-known items to the list, and make sure that they are kept way out of reach from your curious or scent-driven pooch!
November 25, 2016 | DogGeek
Every year the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) gets thousands of calls about pets who have gotten into something that isn’t good for them. The map below shows the top toxin by state that they have received calls about.
If you think your pet has gotten into the wrong thing, please call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
January 18, 2016 | DogGeek
If you love dogs as much as I do, your mutt must be spoiled! It’s great to give your pups treats, but it’s important to keep in mind that what tastes good to them–or to you!–may not be good for them. There are several key foods to avoid sharing with your four-legged friends in order to keep them happy and healthy, from certain fruits and vegetables to bones—to the surprise of many dog owners! For information on how to keep your dog (and other furry friends) safe from foods that may be poisonous or damaging to their bodies, see the infographic below.
By: Sloan McKinney
Sloan McKinney is a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other pet owners guarantee their animal companions happy and healthy lives.
February 11, 2015 | DogGeek