Don’t eat that: canine edition! Our beloved pooches may want to eat everything in sight, but there are some things that they really shouldn’t get into! Some are plants, and some are things safe for us to eat, but not for Fido! Learn what items are poison for dogs.
My family has always had Labrador Retrievers as pets. First, we had Woody, then Beauty and now Joy. While each dog has been unique and had/has its own personality, they have all had one thing in common…all Labs will eat whatever they can get their paws on. However, I know that this problem pertains to many different types of canines. Keep reading to find out some surprising things in your home that might be dangerous to pets.
- Azaleas/Rhododendrons: this common garden plant is very toxic to dogs. Just a few leaves can cause some serious problems in your pooch! Symptoms include excessive drooling, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weakness, loss of coordination, leg paralysis.
- Chocolate: this list would not be complete without including chocolate. Chocolate products contain substances that can cause vomiting, even in small doses. Larger quantities could result in death.
- Daffodils: these springtime flowers are particularly toxic in the bulbs. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and drooling.
- Avocadoes: while humans consider these as healthy, they aren’t so healthy for our furry friends! Avocadoes have a substance called persin that causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.
- Tomato plants: Although these plants typically aren’t lethal, the leaves and stems still can cause some serious discomfort to your pet. These will give your animal symptoms similar to those listed above, in addition to drowsiness, weakness and confusion.
- Grapes and raisins: experts still aren’t sure why, but these fruits can cause your pooch to go into kidney failure.
If you notice your dog having any of the above symptoms, it is best to call your veterinarian or local animal hospital. There is also an ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) that takes calls 24 hours a day at 888-426-4435.
Stay tuned on how to pet-proof your home from these toxins!
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