Pet Love

•10 foods you shouldn’t be feed­ing your dog.

Taste of Home - - SEPTEMBER•OCTOBER -

AL­CO­HOL

If your dogs lick up a few drops of your fa­vorite In­dia pale ale that splashed on the ground, there’s no need to freak. But if they man­age to lap up half the glass when you’re not look­ing, you should phone a vet. Al­co­hol has the same ef­fect on our pups as it does on us, but for dogs, even a small amount can cause di­ar­rhea, vom­it­ing, breath­ing prob­lems and worse.

AV­O­CADO

Avoid feed­ing your ca­nine friends this fruit. It con­tains persin, a com­pound in the meat, pit and skin that can be toxic to dogs. If you hap­pen to grow av­o­ca­dos, keep an eye out for any dropped fruit.

BA­CON

While one nib­ble of this fatty food here or there isn’t the end of the world, don’t make it a habit. Oth­er­wise, your dog’s pan­creas can be­come in­flamed and stop func­tion­ing. Ba­con is also high in salt, which isn’t good for dog­gos, ei­ther.

BONES

Even if your pup’s fa­vorite toy is a bone, that doesn’t mean all bones are dog-safe.

Bones from baby back ribs, T-bones and chicken eas­ily splin­ter, and can be in­cred­i­bly harm­ful if swal­lowed. When you’re serv­ing any of the above, make sure it’s clear to ev­ery­one that the rem­nants should not be given to your dog.

CHOCO­LATE

This should go with­out say­ing, but some peo­ple still don’t know that this sweet treat is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous for man’s (and woman’s) best friend. It’s worse for some breeds than oth­ers, but you should gen­er­ally op­er­ate with the as­sump­tion that your dog must never get even a morsel of the good stuff.

GAR­LIC

Don’t serve your pooch pasta with gar­lic sauce. A mem­ber of the al­lium fam­ily (which also in­cludes chives, onions and leeks), gar­lic is an­other toxin to dogs. Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Kennel Club, it can cre­ate ane­mia, caus­ing side ef­fects such as pale gums, el­e­vated heart rate, weak­ness and col­laps­ing.

GRAPES

They may seem harm­less, but grapes (and raisins) are highly toxic for dogs. While vets don’t know ex­actly what causes the bad re­ac­tion, our furry friends can quickly ex­pe­ri­ence vom­it­ing and, in the worst cases, kid­ney fail­ure.

ICE CREAM

While ice cream is OK in mod­er­a­tion, dogs don’t di­gest dairy well. A bet­ter al­ter­na­tive: Freeze some berries and give them to your pre­cious pup as a sweet, cool treat.

MACADAMIA NUTS

While peanuts are 100 per­cent OK for our dogs to eat, macadamia nuts are ac­tu­ally poisonous to them. The nuts can af­fect their ner­vous sys­tem, caus­ing vom­it­ing, in­creased body tem­per­a­ture and lethargy.

PEACHES AND PLUMS

The flesh of these fruits is OK for dogs to eat, but if the an­i­mals get their paws on the en­tire thing, odds are they’ll devour it pit and all. That’s where the prob­lem lies. The large seed can block a dog’s in­testines. What’s worse, the pit con­tains a form of cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs and hu­mans alike.

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