What Do I Need to Know About Foods that Are Dangerous for My Pet?A number of human foods are dangerous to pets. Many of these foods may seem tasty to our pets but can prove deadly if eaten. It can be very tempting to offer pets food from the table, but pets should not be given human food unless recommended by your veterinarian. If you suspect your pet may have eaten a dangerous food, contact your veterinarian immediately. In many cases, early recognition and treatment are critical.
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How much is a problem? It depends on the type of chocolate. White chocolate has almost no methylxanthines, milk chocolate has some, dark chocolate has a lot, and baking chocolate is the most concentrated.Advertisement
If you think your dog has eaten something dangerous, your first step should be to seek help or advice. Don’t immediately try to make your dog throw up, or try to give them medications. Let a vet decide, because sometimes these measures can do more harm than good.Advertisement
How much is a problem? The toxin in the nuts is unknown, and so far the amount it takes to cause symptoms seems to vary. Again, it may be something only present in some nuts, perhaps even something like a mold that commonly grows on macadamia nuts. The smallest dose that has caused symptoms was 0.7 grams of nuts per kilogram of body weight. That’s just three nuts for a 20-pound dog. On the other hand, some dogs have needed 62 grams per kilogram, or over 200 nuts for the same size dog.Advertisement
Mild symptoms, like hyperactivity, appear when a dog has had about 20 milligrams of methylxanthines per kilogram of the dog’s body weight. Heart problems occur with about 40 milligrams, seizures at 60 mg, and death at 100-200 mg/kg.
No guacamole for you Fido. Avocados contain persin, which in low concentrations is OK for humans to ingest. However, even a small amount of the compound can make your dog vomit or have diarrhea. Avocado seeds can also get swallowed, stuck and obstruct your dogs stomach or intestines.
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Chocolate toxicity can cause vomiting, diarrhea, rapid or irregular heart rate, restlessness, muscle tremors, and seizures. Death can occur within 24 hours of ingestion. Grapes and raisins can cause acute (sudden) kidney failure in cats and dogs.