You love to spoil your dog. Who doesn’t? Whether you feed your dog a home-cooked diet or you just like to share your food scraps with them, it’s important to know which foods can be harmful for your dog.
You probably already know some of these, but I’ll bet you don’t know all of them! Here are 10 foods you didn’t know could hurt your pup and what to do if your dog eats something they shouldn’t.
#1 – Peaches, Persimmons, and Plums
While the flesh of these fruits can be safe for dogs, the seeds or pits may be very dangerous. While persimmon seeds can cause problems with the small intestine, peach and plum pits can cause blockages anywhere in your dog’s digestive tract and may require surgery. Peach and plum pits also contain cyanide, which is poisonous for dogs and humans alike.
#2 – Chives and onions
While small amounts of chives or onions might not hurt your dog, large amounts can be very dangerous. They may lead to gastrointestinal irritation or damage to red blood cells.
#3 – Large Amounts of Coconut and Coconut Oil
Coconut-based products in small amounts are safe and may even be beneficial for your dog. Large amounts of coconut products may be a problem. Also, the oil from the flesh and milk of a fresh coconut can lead to an upset stomach or loose stools, so caution should be used. Coconut water should never be given to dogs because it is very high in potassium.
#4 – Caffeine, chocolate, and coffee
Methylxanthines are substances found in cacao seeds and the fruit of coffee plants. These substances can cause symptoms ranging from hyperactivity to vomiting and diarrhea, to seizures, and other problems all the way up to and including death. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is for a dog.
#5 – Dairy, including milk
Dogs don’t have much lactase, which is the enzyme that helps to digest dairy. As a result, dairy-based products, including milk and cheese, can cause digestive problems, including diarrhea. While the occasional piece of cheese probably won’t hurt, make sure not to overdo it.
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