Some foods are downright dangerous for your pooch, in fact, there’s a lot of “people food” your dog should never eat. We know it’s hard to resist your dog’s adorably cute begging face, but first take a look at our list of 12 dangerous foods for dogs before you give in to their imploring puppy eyes. Take a look below for 12 of the top most hazardous foods for dogs.
The culprit is a toxin called persin. While avocado is quite toxic to many other types of animals, it is not expected to cause serious illness in dogs according to the ASPCA. It is possible your pooch may have tummy trouble if he or she eats a considerable amount of the avocado flesh or peel. According to the Pet Poison Helpline, signs to look for include vomiting, diarrhea and lack of stool production. In other animals, namely birds, the effects persin has can be much more dramatic. Interestingly, some commercial pet foods use avocado meal or oil for its nutritional benefit, but its inclusion does not pose health risks. Worth noting, persin can be found in the leaves, seed and bark, so if you grow avocados at home, be sure to keep your pooch away. The Guatemalan variety, a variety that is frequently found at your grocery store, seems to wreak the most havoc.
Perhaps a greater threat to the health and well-being of your pup is the avocado pit. Swallowing the pit can ultimately lead to a blockage throughout your dog’s internal organs. The blockage can occur in the stomach or in the intestines. According to PetMD, when gastric outflow obstruction occurs, the solids and fluids your dog ingests accumulate in his or her stomach. In the case of small intestinal obstruction, the fluids and solids your dog consumes accumulate near the site of the obstruction in the small intestines. The most common symptoms seen are vomiting, most often after a meal, anorexia, weakness, diarrhea, and weight loss. In either case, this is a serious condition that can often require urgent care from a professional.
So do your pet and your bank account a favor — save your avocados for a delicious salad or sandwich!