What’s your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal...the turkey, the stuffing, the pumpkin pie?? Well, when the aromas start filling the air, your dog’s beady little eyes will make it hard to resist slipping the extra scraps his/her way.
But, before the belts are loosened and the afternoon naps set in, let’s remember why the seemingly harmless act of sharing table food could put your dog’s overall health in real danger.
Aside from the side effects of encouraging bad begging behaviors and gaining extra weight (we can all thank these holiday meals for the extra pounds headed our way!) you may be shocked to hear how the following 10 food items could prove fatal to your pet.
The “good” fat turned “deadly.” Avocados contain an element called persin in their leaves, fruit, seeds and bark. Persin is extremely toxic to animals and leads to difficulty in breathing, severe congestion, swollen mammary glands, accumulation of fluid around the heart, and yes - even death. Keep that guac out of reach!
2. Fresh fruit
Not all fruit is off limits for your dog. Slices of bananas, apples, pears, oranges and even seedless watermelon make great treats. However, avoid any fruit with pits – peaches and plums – due to a chocking hazard.
Also, blueberries and raisins have a toxic element that causes side effects that range from hyperactivity and repeated vomiting to lethargy, depression, kidney failure or even loss of life. So, watch the fruit cake and fruit salad this year!
3. Macadamia Nuts
So delicious, yet fatal for dogs. Just six of these nuts can cause a reaction, which includes vomiting, tremors, weakness, and depression. Within a half-day after ingesting, symptoms appear and last about 12 to 48 hours. Reactions can worsen to include paralysis of the hindquarters and hyperthermia, so if you suspect your pet’s been sneaking a macadamia or two, contact your vet immediately.
4. Milk Products
Household pets, namely dogs and cats, do not carry enough lactase (the enzyme that helps break down lactose) to properly digest milk products. So, sharing leftover milk from your cereal or letting them lick your ice cream bowl clean can lead to digestive issues like an upset stomach, diarrhea, or even food allergies.
Hidden away in many of our favorite liquid treats – tea, soft drinks, energy drinks and coffee – is an ingredient that adds a pip in our step. Although it may perk us up, the methylxanthines in caffeine can trigger vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, panting, increased thirst and urination in our dogs, but also more serious symptoms such as tremors, abnormal heart rhythms and death.