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Your dog ate WHAT?!

Posted by Kyle Design on March 6, 2012

If you own a dog, there’s a good chance at some point it’s eaten something you wish it hadn’t. My mom had a pair of diamond earrings that had been retrieved in an unpleasant manner that involved careful watching of our dog doing his business in the back yard. My grandmother’s dog swallowed a fishing hook on a camping trip. And while they say chocolate is dangerous for dogs, we had a Lhasa Apso Poodle Mix that ate an entire box of chocolate covered Oreos and didn’t even get sick. But just last week my husband and I went to visit some friends who recently became parents to two Schnauzer puppies and learned that there’s a new trend on the rise in the world of dog ingesting. Their vet told them the #1 surgery they perform on dogs is to remove…wait for it….women’s underwear – thongs in particular. And it’s not cheap – this “routine procedure” runs $3,000! That’s one expensive thong that I wouldn’t be wearing again!

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Purple Pill Case with Women’s Clothing Design

So what has your dog eaten? And do you know what to do when your dog eats something odd? If they haven’t yet, there’s a chance they will, so it’s a good idea to be prepared. In addition to household items, there are a number of foods you shouldn’t be feeding your dog. Most dog owners know not to give their dog chocolate. But did you know that certain “people” foods like guacamole and macadamia nuts are also deadly? Here’s a list of toxic foods you need to keep away from your canine:

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Guacamole / Avocados – Persin, which is in the avocado as well as its seed, bark, and the plant’s leaves, is toxic to dogs.

Onions / Garlic – Whether it’s raw, cooked, dehydrated or in its powdered form (even in baby food!), onions and garlic will poison your pooch. Even if it’s just small doses, when eaten regularly over a period of time, the effects are toxic.

 

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Caffeine / Coffee / Tea / Soda – Caffeine is a no-go! In large enough quantities, caffeine can be fatal for your furry little friend. Keep caffeinated beverages away from your canine! This includes items you expect to have caffeine like coffee, tea, soda, and red bull, and some items you may overlook for caffeine content, like cocoa, chocolate, cold medicine, and painkillers. In addition to drinking coffee, the coffee’s beans and grounds shouldn’t be ingested either!

Raw Eggs – This can lead to food poisoning (think Salmonella or E. coli) and can cause problems to your dog’s skin and coat.

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Grapes / Raisins – These items can cause kidney failure in your dog. Don’t leave them out where you dog can get to them!

Persimmons – Persimmon seeds can lead to inflammation of your dog’s small intestines or cause on intestinal obstruction.

Peaches / Plums – The pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous. Whole pits can also obstruct your dog’s intestines.

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Ice Cream – This and other milk-based products upsets your dogs digestive tract and often leads to diarrhea.

Candy / Gum – Sweets that contain xylitol (including many baked goods and diet foods) can cause your dog’s blood sugar to drop and lead to liver failure within just a few days.

Macadamia Nuts – Even if it’s an ingredient in another item like cookies, as little as 6 macadamia nuts can make your dog ill. Much more than that can be fatal. If they’re in chocolate, your dogs chances of survival are much slimmer, so keep these treats off your counters if your dog’s big enough to access them!

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Chocolate – You may already know chocolate is bad for your dog, but did you know dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate are the worst? And white chocolate counts too! The dangerous ingredient is theobromine. Don’t ever give your dog chocolate, no matter how small the amount.

 

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Bones / Fat Trimmings – Table scraps that have meat fat or bones should end up in the trash, not on a plate that your dog licks clean (before going in the dish washer of course!) Animal fat (cooked and uncooked) can cause pancreatitis and bones are particularly dangerous because they are a serious choking hazard and the bone can splinter and block or lacerate your dog’s digestive system.

 

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Raw Meat / Raw Fish – Food poisoning is a risk, as is a more serious condition caused by a parasite that can kill your dog within a couple of weeks.

 

 

 

 

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Alcohol – It may seem funny to attempt to get your dog drunk (especially if you’re drunk), but just a little alcohol can put your dog in a coma or a grave.

 

 

 

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If your dog is vomiting, lethargic, has excessive thirst or is disinterested in food, there’s a chance they’ve ingested something they shouldn’t have. There are some important numbers you should program into your phone right now – your local vet, the closest animal emergency clinic, and the Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-443.

Know someone who treats their dog like a human family member? Maybe that person is you! Check out Kyle Design’s personalized gifts featuring man’s best friend and consider getting one in honor of your pet, or for a friend who pampers his or her pooch.

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