They say knowledge is power. This is especially true when we are “dog-proofing” our homes. Sometimes, products, that are perfectly safe for human consumption, can cause extreme illness or even death in our canine companions. The 13 products below(including some peanut butters) are specifically targeted as the most dangerous by the American Veterinary Medical Association
13 Common Items that Could Kill your Pet(and are probably in Your Kitchen)
Dogs are more sensitive to caffeine than humans. Eating coffee grounds can cause death in smaller breeds and extreme illness in larger ones.
Avocados contain a toxic compound called Persin. It addition to being toxic, the pit can also cause a serious, potentially fatal, obstruction
If a dog ingests salt, it can lead to sodium chloride poisoning. This is a dangerous condition and is potentially fatal
Garlic contains the same toxic compound as found in onions, thiosulphate. Except, in garlic, it is much more concentrated and even very small amounts can cause toxicity
Xylitol is a highly toxic compound found in dozens upon dozens of household products. The most alarming, for us, is Peanut Butter that uses Xylitol as a sugar-free sweetener
Bread dough that is ingested will continue to rise in the warm, moist environment of the stomach leading to bloat. It addition to this problem, the sugars in the bread can continue to ferment, leading to ethanol toxicity
The biology behind the toxicity of Macademia nuts is currently unknown. But, dogs experience mild to severe symptoms of poisoning upon ingestion.
Onions contain a compound called thiosulphate that is toxic to pets. Onion toxicity can cause the red blood cells to, literally, burst
Alcohol depresses the central nervous system. Dogs are more susceptible to alcohol poisoning with can be potentially fatal.
It is still unknown why grapes can cause fatal kidney failure in dogs. Some can ingest a large amount with no side effects, while others can eat one and experience potentially fatal symptoms
Fatty foods/Fat trimmings
Fatty foods or fat trimmings can lead to pancreatitis with symptoms that can range from moderate to extremely serious. The severe cases can be life-threatening.
Tea is dangerous for the same reasons as coffee. Caffeine is a very dangerous substance for dogs to consume, especially smaller breeds
Chocolate contains compounds called methylxanthines that are toxic to dogs. A general rule of thumb is darker chocolate contains more methylxanthines and is, therefore, more dangerous to your pet