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Keeping Your Pets Safe This Christmas

It’s Christmas time!

Keeping Your Pets Safe This Christmas – Don’t let your pet get on the naughty list before Santa arrives!

Winter holidays can be a joyous time for humans yet a dangerous time for our four-legged family members.

The Holiday Feast 

For many, celebrating the Christmas holidays and eating good food are synonymous with Thanksgiving. Many foods we love through the holidays can be dangerous for our pets.

Delicious Creamy Chocolate

Chocolate is enjoyed by many yearly and is present s in many baked goods. Did you know that delicious chocolate can be hazardous for a pet like cats and dogs? Which delicious chocolates are one of the most dangerous? Here are some tips to ensure you do not end up in a Veterinary Emergency Clinic with an animal struggling with poisoning from ingesting chocolate.

 

Delicious Creamy Chocolate

  • Don’t leave chocolate or chocolate-backed good under the tree. Covered or not, your pets will smell them out and help themselves to all they find. Ensure you talk to your friend to keep an eye out for the pets while you serve your guests for the holidays!
  • Beware cautious where you place your wrapped gifts in the stockings, and make sure to hang them well out of reach of your pet dogs.
  • Keep treats on lower tables or near countertop edges. Please make sure your guests and youngsters are similarly cautious not to drop food and forget to pick it up.
  • Remember to be cautious when holiday baking; with all types of chocolate, including extremely dark, holiday baking usually includes delicious chocolate in amounts that can land your family pet in the Animal Emergency.
  • Ensure your overnight guests hide their bags and other bags off the flooring and on the door handle in a safely closed space. Besides, it would be best to recognize what overnight guests bring in their suitcases.

Currants & Raisins

Currants & Raisins

The traditional fruitcake delivery door-to-door has mostly gone out of style; several other famous holiday desserts include currants, raisins, and different cookies and cakes, like scrumptious Stolen, Panettone, and also Christmas Puddings. While these dried-out fruits add pleasant chewiness to your desserts, they can likewise be highly hazardous to your dog’s kidneys. Please note that grapes can also cause the same issues as chocolate in dogs.

Mixed Christmas Nuts

 

Mixed Christmas Nuts

It’s necessary to keep all nuts out of your animal’s mouth (as any nut can be a choking danger or even create pancreatitis or intestinal blockage). Still, one type of nut, in particular, can bring additional hazards for your pets.
Given the reduced carbs, healthy and balanced fats, and essential minerals and vitamins, macadamia nuts are a preferred snack during the holidays and on the keto diet regimen.

Yet macadamia nuts can cause shakes, high fever, short-lived, and loss of use in the dog’s legs. And also their ability to trigger pancreatitis and the intestinal obstruction threat that these (as well as other nuts) can start when a pet consumes them. Because of this, it’s vital to take extra precautions to keep these nuts off of coffee tables, counters, and other areas that might be within your pet dog’s reach. Be cautious and look for macadamia nuts covered in delicious chocolate, as so many can cause health issues in pets when injured.

Allium Vegetables

Allium Vegetables

Allium veggies are a species of plants that include Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Shallots and Chives. Whether cooked or uncooked, these vegetables can be toxic to dogs or cats.

However, more significant amounts they ingest onions or garlic can prove both a debilitating and expensive outcome. Natural compounds in these popular seasonings can destroy your pet’s red blood cells in a process called hemolytic anemia.

Given all of the essential functions that red blood cells serve in the body, it’s not a thing you want your pets to suffer. Look out for issues where your pet may show initial symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. Still, as the case progresses, they will exhibit rapid shallow breathing, fast pulse, weakness, and either pale white or yellowish gums. Hemolytic anemia is a severe medical emergency.

Holiday Cheer

Holiday Cheer

While you’d never feed your pet alcohol, desserts may contain much different alcohol. It doesn’t take much for your company on Christmas Day to leave their drink on a side table where a dog (or a cat, for that matter) can reach and ingest it.

Like its effects on people, alcohol can cause several problems in your dogs and cats. It can lead to metabolic and neurological problems in your pets, resulting in vomiting, breathing difficulties, and coma, and can even cause death. Be cautious and keep the wine glasses, cocktails and alcohol-soaked desserts off the low-lying tables.

Xylitol

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Xylitol is an increasingly common sugar-replacement sweetener in thousands of products. Including some of our favourite brands of Peanut Butter. It’s an all-natural sugar substitute and highly poisonous to our dogs and poisons thousands of dogs yearly. There has been increased awareness about xylitol in peanut butter and more than 700 other products. Xylitol has influenced some companies to change their labeling and warning practices.

Xylitol Poisoning

Typically, dogs’ most significant wrongdoer of xylitol poisoning is sugar-free gum and mints. When on vacations, as well as people attempting to consume much less sugar, many people are baking with xylitol!¬†

  • Because it’s such a strong simulator of insulin in pet dogs, it takes just a small amount of xylitol (0.1 g/kg) consumed by a pet to trigger a harmful decline in blood sugar (“hypoglycemia”). Xylitol can cause an unsafe decrease in your canine’s blood sugar in as little as 30 minutes!
  • In greater dosages (however still reasonably tiny), xylitol can trigger disastrous liver failure in some dogs. It’s genuinely nasty stuff for pets, so please review the labels and learn more about the risks of xylitol to pets.

Christmas Plants & Flowers

Christmas Plants & Flowers

Flowers and plants are common host gifts. Whether you’re giving or receiving flowers, it’s¬†essential to know that plants and flowers can cause issues for cats and dogs, such as poisonings, ranging from mild digestive upset to organ failure in Dogs and Cats.¬†

Christmas Poinsettia 

Christmas Poinsettia 

Poinsettias are one of the well-known holiday plant hazards for pets. Due to the high toxicity level of poinsettia when ingested, urgent medical intervention is needed as it can have severe consequences for your pets.

  • Mild signs may include Vomiting, Drooling, or rarely Diarrhea.
  • The milky sap can irritate the skin, causing Redness, Swelling and Itchiness.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Although it is less popular than the Christmas Poinsettias around the Holiday Season, Cyclamen is found in homes this time of year. And only a few people know about the dangers of cyclamen.

Because they are readily available at supermarkets and garden stores (and relatively inexpensive), cyclamen can be a standard holiday hostess or host gift. 

The toxins of the cyclamen plant can cause many problems for pets once ingested, ranging from excessive salivation and digestive upset to seizures and heart rhythm abnormalities. In small ingestion, most pets will suffer only mild digestive loss. However, in cases of significant ingestion, this toxicity can prove fatal.

Lilies

 

Lilies

Although lilies do not specifically ‘shriek’ Christmas, blossoms do! Lilies are among the most common kinds of flowers discovered in bouquets at many times of the year, including Christmas, and lilies are highly hazardous to cats. Lily toxicity is something everyone should know, no matter whether they have cats or dogs.

  • It can take only a nibble on one leaf or stem or ingesting a small quantity of lily pollen to send a cat into intense kidney failure. You are rushing to the emergency veterinarian.
  • Intense kidney failure is always debilitating and costly for your animal, and cats with severe kidney failure result from consuming lilies that are not good and will need aggressive therapy.
  • Therapy for lily-induced intense kidney failure includes aggressive IV liquids, injectable drugs, nutritional assistance, and close surveillance. These treatments are not accessible at some vet facilities. If it’s open and you can afford it, kidney dialysis can be life-saving for dogs suffering from intense renal failure due to lily toxicity.
  • A hospital stay and therapy expenses for this problem will rely on the seriousness of the instance and the dog’s reaction to therapy. A Vet bill will likely begin at around $2,000 and move upwards to $4,000 or more.

Christmas Holly

 

Christmas Holly

Thought about a popular and Stunning Christmas Holiday Decoration, Boughs of Holly is a staple for many worldwide. While the leaves and branches aren’t generally too huge of an issue, berries can be dangerous to pet cats and dogs.

  • ¬†Swallowing holly berries can cause vomiting, looseness of the bowels, dehydration, and sleepiness.
  • ¬†Also, if placed unreachable, berries can rapidly dry, fall to the floor, a taken in by your pet dog.

Mistletoe

Mistletoe

 

Before you enjoy that kiss under the mistletoe, guarantee it’s appropriately fixed to the ceiling. Though a securely placed sprig of mistletoe may give you that Christmas smooch you’ve fantasized about all year, it may also land your pet dog or cat in the hospital if it drops to the ground or they discover another means to obtain their paws on it.

  • Also, mistletoe can trigger extreme salivating and digestive system trouble when eaten in tiny quantities.
  • Yet, significant problems are in store for your pet dog if they ingest more of this everyday Christmas decor. In these scenarios, your pet may experience heart and neurological problems, including irregular heartbeat and rhythm, lowered blood pressure, and a great walk. These signs can advance to collapse, seizures, coma, and death if left without treatment.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

Fake trees are becoming significantly popular; numerous people still obtain real-time trees, which can harm pet dogs and cats.

  • Both dogs and pet cats enjoy chewing on the limbs, and oils from fir trees can aggravate the inside of their mouths, creating drooling and throwing up.
  • Ingested prickly needles can cause intestinal blockage or possibly puncture the intestine, resulting in an uncomfortable problem called peritonitis.
  • You can restrict their access by placing a barrier around the tee to help ensure that they are not able to reach it. The Christmas Tree Defender prevents cats from climbing a tree from the bottom! You can use them on potted plants as well.

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

 

From cuts on paws from broken ornaments to gastrointestinal obstruction from decorations that get ingested, ornaments and other Christmas tree decorations pose a wide array of hazards to your pets.

Cats are probably most at risk of sustaining injuries with their propensity to bat down and play with things that dangle in front of them. It isn’t to say that dogs aren’t at risk of injury or illness.

Some simple steps include keeping your cat out of your tree, picking up fallen ornaments and cleaning up broken pieces, and never leaving your pet unsupervised around your tree and the decorations.

Light Strands & Electrical Cords

Light Strands & Electrical Cords

Before you assume that your pet doesn’t have an affinity for anything shocking, keep in mind that it’s the one time of year that we have more exposed cables and light strands adorning our home. It’s natural for dogs and cats to chew, so don’t assume that their normal behaviour will be consistent with the holidays.

Pets that chew on electric cords can sustain burns on their tongues and elsewhere in their mouth. These pets may also develop fluid buildup within their lungs due to electrical shock. This fluid buildup within the lungs resulting from a cause other than heart failure is known as non-carcinogenic pulmonary edema, which can lead to breathing problems and can be fatal.

Signs that your pet may have suffered an electrical shock include:

  • Abnormal behaviour.
  • Hiding.
  • Excessive drooling.
  • Refusal to eat or drink.
  • Random or strange urination/defecation near the electrical cord.
  • Evidence of a chewed electrical line.

Tips to prevent your pet from experiencing electric shock:

  • Recognize that¬†puppies and kittens are the most likely¬†to chew on electric cords. As such, use extra care with¬†puppies and kittens in the house and be careful not to have any electric¬†cables near a puppy’s crate.
  • Be sure to unplug all strands of lights when you leave the house or before you go to bed at night. If you want the lights to be on when you wake up in the morning, plug them into a reliable timer.
  • For the long ‘tail’ of the cord on the light strand (the portion without lights), consider using a protective covering such as The Chew-safe cord protector or the Critter-cord to prevent the teeth of curious or mischievous pets from sinking in.
  • To prevent fires, always check your cords for evidence of chew damage before plugging them in.
  • If you have a pet that you’re sure will attack the strands of lights, wrap only the top portion of your tree, consider using rope-type lighting instead, or don’t use such lights in your home. Rope lighting can more easily be rubbed with a deterrent spray, such as Bitter Apple, to help decrease the chances that your pets will chew on it.¬†Tip:¬†Do not spray the deterrent product directly onto the lighting; spread it on a cloth and then wipe the strand with the dampened cloth.
  • Opt for lower voltage LED lights (rather than the traditional higher voltage incandescent type) to decrease the risk associated with a nibble on the cord. These bulbs are also often made of plastic rather than glass and are less likely to break and cause a laceration or cut-type injury.

Christmas Wrapping

Just like tinsel, ribbons and bows that adorn wrapped gifts and lay around with your wrapping supplies are typically quite enticing for cats. Something about these wrapping accessories seems to trigger a cat’s inner hunter. Unfortunately, a typical result of this ‘hunt’ is an intestinal obstruction that can sicken or kill your cat.

If your cat has ingested something and might have caused an obstruction, look for these symptoms:

  • Refusal of food
  • Decreased energy
  • Hiding
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or a lack of bowel movements
  • Abdominal pain (often indicated by your pet’s growling, vocalizing, or attempts to bite when their abdomen is touched or you attempt to pick them up)

Treatment for linear foreign body obstruction should always involve surgery. Not just to remove the offending material but to evaluate the gut for damage and tissue beyond repair.

If something is protruding from your pet’s butt, read this to find out what to do! Suppose you pull at what’s sticking out. It can cause further damage to your pet’s digestive tract, including perforation of their bowel, resulting in bacteria and intestinal contents leaking into the abdominal cavity, causing painful and life-threatening inflammation and infection within the abdominal cavity called septic peritonitis.¬†¬†

Prevent bows and ribbons from becoming a Christmas cat-astrophysics!

  • Make sure to leave wrapping supplies where your pets can get to them. Put all away when done using them, or wrap all your presents in a room or area you can close off to prevent your pet’s access.
  • Wait to put gifts with ribbons and bows out under the tree until Christmas morning.
  • Please only allow your pets around the tree while you’re unwrapping presents, or be very diligent to securely discard any ribbons and bows as soon as they come off the gift they’re adorning.
  • Once you have finished wrapping the gifts, take the scrap to the trash bag containing ribbons and bows to your outdoor trash can for the most secure disposal.
  • Don’t allow pets to play with ribbons and bows, and advise your guests not to engage your pets in such play, either.
  • Skip the ribbons and bows for your holiday and gift decorating together.

Potpourri

potpourri

Potpourri (liquid or dry) can create or help to mimic wonderful holiday smells. While these oily liquids and dry concoctions can fill a house with a sensory overload of beautiful aromas without all the ‘hassle’ of baking cookies, lighting a fire, or cutting down a pine tree, they also pose a genuine and potentially very significant hazard to your pets.

Cats:¬†Liquid potpourris typically contain two substances that can be toxic, essential oils and catatonic detergents. While the oil component of the liquid potpourris can cause problems for your pets, typically, it’s the catatonic detergents that cause the more significant issues.

  • The catatonic detergents in liquid potpourri can cause severe ulceration and chemical burns to the surfaces within your pet’s mouth and along its digestive tract.
  • They can cause similar problems if they come into contact with their skin or eyes.

Dogs:¬†Dry potpourri can contain various fragrant dried herbs and flowers. The potential toxicity of such a mixture depends entirely on what plants are in it. Still, even nonpoisonous floral potpourri can irritate your dog’s gastrointestinal system and cause vomiting or diarrhea.

  • If the potpourri mix includes more complicated items like miniature pine cones or bark chips, these could potentially lodge in your dog’s throat and cause breathing difficulties.
  • Pine and other flora are toxic, but you might be unable to tell what each dried piece of potpourri is in a mix, especially since they’re often artificially colored.

Batteries

Now you might not think that your dog would eat a battery. Still, given the urgency with which these types of cases keeping your pet away from emergency rooms and general practices around the country, quite a few dogs seem to love chewing on and swallowing these things!

Traditional battery types such as AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt can result in serious injuries such as oral burns and digestive upset or obstruction. It is severe and can pose an additional danger when swallowed, as it can cause esophageal burns and perforations.

View a time-lapse video showing how button batteries can quickly burn a hole in the esophagus! 

To avoid the animal emergency room this year, follow a few simple tips:

  • Please only leave remote controls where your pets can quickly get them.
  • Batteries are standard stocking stuffers! Be sure to hang your stockings high and keep your pets well away from them.
  • If they’re old enough, talk with your children about the dangers of battery ingestion in pets and the importance of putting their toys away after playing with them. Suppose your kids need to be younger to understand this discussion. In that case, you will need to be careful about their potential risk of ingesting batteries which is one of those emergencies that can cause issues to pets.)
  • To prevent dropped batteries from rolling under the couch or desk, where they are likely to remain ‘lost’ until they turn up in your pet’s stomach, permanently remove and change batteries over a bowl or sink.
  • Appropriately and securely store your spare batteries in a drawer or toolbox.

Plan a Pet-Safe Holiday Gathering

Stratify a Safe Vacation Celebration for your Family and pets.

  • Residence Rules:¬†If your animal loves guests, you want to distract your animals with toys and exercise while tending to the party and guests.
  • Place the Meds Away:¬†Make sure all your medications are out of sight and locked behind protected doors, and inform your guests to keep their medications zipped up, stored, and secured.
  • Creating a Room of Their Own:¬†Give your pet dog a peaceful room to retreat to with fresh water and an area to cuddle. Shy dogs and cats could want to hide under a piece of furniture in their separate room far from the Noise.
  • New Year Noise:¬†As you count down to the new year, please remember that strings of tossed confetti can get lodged in a feline’s intestinal tract if consumed, perhaps demanding a surgical procedure. Loud poppers can terrify family pets and cause possible damage to delicate ears. And also, keep in mind that numerous pet dogs are likewise frightened of fireworks, so be sure to safeguard them in a risk-free, escape-proof location as midnight methods.
Is Chocolate Safe For Dogs

Is Chocolate Safe For Dogs?

Dogs love our food, but not all food is safe for dogs.¬†Is Chocolate Safe For Dogs?¬†High consumption – especially is Toxic. Suppose you are eating Chocolate while sitting on the couch, and your pup finds a small part of the Chocolate on the floor. Eating Chocolate can be detrimental to your dog’s health, so you must immediately take the dog to the hospital if you experience vomiting, trembling, fever and more.

If you ask dog owners if there are foods never to feed dogs, Chocolate is the answer that is toxic to all dogs. 

But it’s not always like that, as people say! It depends upon the number of chocolates at a time and the dog’s weight. There are examples where dogs are just sick after eating Chocolate, and their owner doesn’t notice anything weird in their pal’s behaviour.

What is the answer to: can dogs have Chocolate?’

Before we get to the answer, we will describe why dogs eat Chocolate.

The ingredients in chocolates are theobromine and caffeine.¬†Chocolates are very Toxic to¬†dogs and dogs’ digestive systems as they slow down in animals¬†and can slowly absorb methylxanthines and theobromine, causing death in dogs.

The Two can slow down the digestion process of your dog. It takes almost seventeen hours to digest chocolate molecules properly. So, can dogs have Chocolate? The answer is, No!

The concentration of Theo-bromine and Caffeine in chocolates varies from different varieties. You may find that some chocolates contain more caffeine than other brands. The more caffeine and theobromine in Chocolate, the harder to digest! The darker the Chocolate, it increases the two ingredients which make it more toxic.

Side effects of Chocolate

If your puppy consumes some accidentally, you might notice some common problems that may occur after having chocolates; 

  • Diarrhea
  • Your dog may have a breathing problem.
  • Abnormal heartbeat.
  • Is Urinating frequently.¬†
  • Swelling
  • Skin irritation
  • Bellyache.

These symptoms are noticeable if your dog is having difficulties. You may find several examples of dogs who died after having chocolates on the internet. Extreme amounts of methylxanthines are dangerous to your dog.

It is toxic and life-threatening to older dogs, as older dogs often go through breathing problems once they have eaten Chocolate.

How much Chocolate can kill a dog?

The seriousness of chocolate poisoning depends upon the darkness and quantity of the Chocolate, which is rich in theobromine. Every ounce of dark Chocolate contains fifty-six percent of theobromine.

One ounce of milk chocolate contains forty-five percent of caffeine. Caffeine is another toxin for your dog and takes a long time to digest, causing problems like stomach aches and extreme bloating, causing the dog discomfort.

However, consuming a small amount of Chocolate is not fatal, but the sugar and caffeine make Chocolate an unhealthy deadly treat for any dog. There are times your dog may have pancreatitis after eating Chocolate.

A fifty-pound dog can feel sick after having just 1 ounce of baker’s cooking chocolate and feel ill after having nine ounces of milk chocolate. It is an approximate amount, so it is best to keep it away to stop serious issues from arising.

Precautions against dogs eating Chocolate

The first thing is to call your veterinarian and consult with him. He advises that taking precautions is always a good idea before an emergency.

Your vet may induce vomiting depending on the amount of Chocolate your dog has consumed. Usually, if the vet gives the dog activated charcoal, this can bring out excessive toxins. Sometimes the vet will provide IV fluid to reduce the risk of chocolate poisoning and to hydrate the puppy after excessive vomiting.

f your veterinarian is not available, contact a 24-hour emergency veterinarian. There are also many websites where you will have the option to speak with a Veterinarian online. Some websites help you when you need to provide details of your dog’s age, weight, height and the Chocolate your dog has eaten.

Prevent your dog from eating Chocolates

Even a tiny bite of milk chocolate to a big dog will not cause anything wrong. However, keeping Chocolate far away from your small dog will cause destructive issues and kill your dog. 

Keep Chocolates from your Dog.

The easiest¬†way to prevent any dangerous situation when your dog eats chocolates¬†is to keep this creamy Chocolate away from your dog’s reach.

Keep chocolates high on a shelf where your dog cannot reach them, or you can keep chocolates in a closed-door kitchen cabinet.

There is hazardous on Christmas, Easter, and New Year when you get so many chocolates. When you eat the chocolates, you may throw chocolate wrappers into bins. 

“Leave it” Command.

This comment, when used, is a great word to train your dog not to have random things. While walking on the road, you may wonder if your dog always tries to eat whatever it finds. It happens to everybody.

Train your dog to say “Leave it” is easy to teach. Your¬†dog will remember when you consistently use the command¬†“leave it,” and when your dog is trying to eat something randomly on the street or even on the floor in your home, you will need to remind him by using the Command.

Once you remember this Command, your dog will remember it for the future, so it can avoid the dire consequences of having Chocolate and feeling ill.

Can dogs have Chocolate Ice cream?

Chocolate ice cream is not suitable for dogs. Ice creams also have sugar and fat, which are unhealthy for dogs and can cause cancer. Ice cream contains a large amount of cream and milk, which causes dogs to feel bloated. Most dogs are lactose intolerant, and ice creams as treats are not suitable for dogs. So, if you still have questions, ‘can a dog have chocolate ice cream? The simple answer is NO!

It takes many ingredients to prepare chocolate ice cream; the process makes it a problematic food that takes work to digest. 

Can dogs eat Chocolate?

The answer is, No! As we discussed, Chocolate is not acceptable for dogs; also, the more Cocoa, the darker the Chocolate will be; Dark Chocolate is extremely dangerous to dogs.

Humans can metabolize theobromine, but dogs cannot! It slows down their metabolism and can lead to many diseases.

Chocolate is fatal to dogs. Instead, feed your dogs healthy foods, NO chocolate.

Keeping your pets safe during Easter

Keeping your pets safe during Easter

While weather is changing for the Easter holidays and Spring arrives in Canada; getting excited about all the foods, flowers, and festivities is exciting. However, it’s also important to remember that sweets suitable for us not be given to our pets and animals as they can potentially cause severe fatal illnesses. Here is our advice on what foods and plants are toxic and dangerous for there health and safety of your pet and Keeping your Pets safe is vital around the many toxic foods.

Little kids can sometimes drop candy on the floor or leave half-eaten sweets where dogs can get them, so make sure they know the rules and keep an eye out for discarded candies or wrappers.

Serving Desserts

If you plan on serving desserts, ensure they stay on the table and away from hungry pups. Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs, and candy can be harmful with artificial sweeteners like xylitol, which is also unhealthy for dogs.

Your dog can sneak away with a piece of chocolate. It would be best if you watched for symptoms. It is crucial to contact your vet immediately if you see signs of upset stomach or digestive issues, as well as changes in behaviour.

Chocolate can have different effects on dogs.

If a large dog has a tiny bit of chocolate, the reaction will likely be less effective than if a small dog eats that same amount of chocolate. So, size does matter; the dog’s size and how much chocolate the dog has eaten would cause issues.

The amount of chocolate consumed isn’t the only thing to worry about; also, the quantity of the chocolate. You need to know what kind of chocolate your dog has eaten. It would be best if you avoided dark chocolate, as its ingredient, theobromine in a more concentrated form than milk chocolate. Theo-bromine, like caffeine, is toxic for our pets. Fewer toxins are key!

Alcohol & Caffeine

Many people drink coffee or enjoy a glass of wine at Easter gatherings. Any alcoholic or caffeinated beverages should stay away from dogs. The sweetness of these drinks can be attractive to puppies, but alcohol, caffeine, sugar or artificial sweeteners can quickly lead to illness and emergency vet visits.

Bones are very Dangerous so keep Pets Safe Easter.

If you’re planning to serve dishes that contain bones, be sure to dispose of them quickly. If you have a child at the table, ensure your dog cannot sneak bones off children’s plates when they aren’t looking.

Cooked bones can splinter into tiny sharp pieces that cause esophagus and internal damage. Bones are hazardous choking hazards for dogs.

While it can be OK to give a dog table treats when it comes to most vegetables or proteins, you will want to avoid bones of any type, which will splinter and get lodged in their throat, so be very cautious and check the floor for any droppings.

If you want to share Easter foods with your dog, stick to dog-friendly alternatives.

Anxiety in dogs

If you have company over, ringing the doorbell and going in and out can cause anxiety in dogs who do not like to be around many people.

The strange faces and smells of new people entering the dog’s territory can be frightening and cause dogs to have nervous behaviours and run the door if it’s left open and unattended.

In the lead-up to Easter, it may be a great idea to begin training your dog to be comfortable around guests by inviting them closer to your Easter gathering.

Guests & Door Bells can be Frightening.

Keeping the dog calm when the doorbell rings or when new people are entering the home; start with practicing a couple of days before, teaching your dog to sit or stay when your guests arrive and also make sure to offer dog treats as a reward for good behaviour.

During the Easter celebration, make sure doors that lead outside are closed when not being used. It is best to tell your guests not to leave the door open and close the door behind you if you go out to keep the dog safe. When your guests are in the house, offer the dog treats to reward for calm behaviour.

If your dog is highly anxious and afraid, it may be best to have the dog in a separate room with a radio on, distracting him from the noise and sounds of guests at the Easter gathering.

If your dog does not like crowds, keeping him safe during Easter in a room where he can relax and include toys they love or a bed he enjoys will create a calm atmosphere. Check on your puppy often and leave water and food to make sure he is happy.”

Keep the trash secure

With the Easter holidays approaching, there will be big feasts. There’s bound to be waste. The trash will get full of food scraps with an attractive smelling scent that will be very tempting to dogs and other outdoor animals.

Keeping Easter Decorative grass for baskets out of garbage, including wrappers, can cause intestinal blockage in dogs, causing stomach upset.

Ensure the trash is secured and out of dogs’ reach by placing garbage under the kitchen sink preventing your dog from accessing the trash.

Secure the lid to keep animals from accessing the waste and making a mess. Trash cans with secure tops are difficult for dogs and other animals to access. They are a great idea if the trash is in your dog’s reach.

Secure waste from access to dogs

Leftover foods should be quickly put away or kept out of reach by your dog and other animals. Easter foods are exciting to dogs but can also be toxic, so Keeping your Pets safe during Easter is vital.

Many toxic foods are toxic to dogs, including Grapes or raisins, nuts, Chocolates, Grease, and salty and fatty foods that can cause diarrhea, upset stomachs, or severe conditions if eaten in high quantities.

If you notice your dog with unusual symptoms such as changes in behaviour or sudden loss in appetite, repeated vomiting, and diarrhea, call a vet immediately.

It is crucial to look for symptoms causing your dog not to feel well, don’t rely on your guests to notice he is acting unusually and unhealthy. Each pet parent should know their dog’s habits, how they react around people, and when not feeling well.

If you are looking for safer options for treats on Easter, I recommend natural daily dental dog chews, perfect as doggy Easter Basket stuffers.

Toys & Plastic Eggs Can Be Dangerous.

If you’re giving Easter baskets to your children, many items will be hazardous to your dog. Choking hazards can break apart into sharp pieces and create internal damage, including gastrointestinal blockages.

When kids finish playing with easter Toys, it’s best to put them away.

Keeping your Pets safe.

Nothing is more critical than Keeping your Pets safe during Easter Egg festivities. Dogs are curious and will likely chew on Plastic Easter eggs or try and play with them. Once your dog finds an egg, empty the contents and keep the plastic shell with you. There is no reason to miss a fun dog Easter egg hunt. Ensure to look after your dog and that he is having fun without getting sick!

Of course, you can also hide real eggs for your dog to find, too! If you’re interested, include hard-boiled eggs, they are safe and healthy.

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27 Toxic And Dangerous Foods To Avoid Feeding Your Dogs

The comprehensive list of 27 Toxic and Dangerous foods to avoid feeding your dogs.

There are also reasons why they are forbidden to consume. Most dog owners know ingesting chocolates is very toxic for their dogs. But did you know there are more foods you should avoid feeding? Not only can these foods cause significant health issues, but they can also be extremely dangerous to your canine companions.

The good news? You can avoid all when preparing and storing food.

Chocolate

Chocolates are, for sure, the most loved and enjoyed; their savory taste is delicious, but unfortunately, for our loved furry friends, that is not the case.

Chocolate, especially the dark varieties, consists of theobromine and is potentially hazardous to dogs. 

All Types of Chocolates

It is in all types of chocolate, but in darker varieties, there is a higher amount. Unlike humans, dogs cannot metabolize theobromine as quickly as we do. If untreated, it will lead to a buildup of toxins in the dog’s body.

Your dog may display symptoms like extreme vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst and a disrupted heart rhythm. It is fatal in some situations.

Garlic And Onion

Avoiding Garlic, onions or any plant species from the “Allium” family as they can be very toxic to your furry friend. These include chives, leeks, shallots, and other varieties.

While Garlic and onions add flavour to our food, they are NOT suitable for dogs. 

Ingesting them will damage red blood cells and create a condition known as hemolytic anemia. Simply put, the red blood cells are broken down and destroyed utterly.

Anemia

Hemolytic anemia symptoms can range from being unable to breathe correctly to excessive weakness and extreme vomiting. If left untreated, the dog will collapse from a lack of oxygen as the red blood cells cannot carry enough oxygen throughout the entire body.

Avocado

While avocados are considered a high-protein food for humans, your dog should stay away from them as they could make the dog very sick.

Avocados are the worst foods for your dog to consume.

Why? 

First, the pit of avocados is a choking hazard. Second, an Avocado contains the chemical Persin in large quantities in the fruit leaves, bark, and seeds. It is highly toxic and, when offered to your dog, can be detrimental to his health. The amount of people is very high. Keep your dog away if you have an avocado plant in your backyard.

Grapes And Raisins

Although the reason is still unclear, grapes and raisins are considered risky in dogs. Scientists have suggested if consumed could lead to kidney failure, even in minuscule amounts.

Family

Ensure that the entire family knows the consequences these fruits can have on your dog’s health. Always be around children when eating them as it is playing with the dog.

Vet Care

If your dog ends up accidentally consuming them, he could display signs of being hyper for the first few days and fall into a state of being lethargic. If your dog has finished grapes or raisins and displays these signs, ensure you take him to the vet immediately, as it can affect his kidneys quickly.

Persimmon

Persimmons are not found in Canada & US as they are in Asia. There appear to be certain native varieties that will grow well in California, where there is the continued sun.

Researchers suggest that persimmons contain a chemical that, when consumed, will react with the stomach acids and create a glue-like mass that can destroy or obstruct the dog’s intestine. The seed and pit of the persimmon could also cause intestinal blockage.

So if you notice pits and seeds in your dog’s poop, take them to a vet.

Cooked Bone

Could bones be harmful to your dog? Dogs have always been lovers of bones.

If you are looking to treat your dog with a bone, you need to ensure the bone is not brittle, as cooked bones usually are and are very dangerous to dogs as they can get lodged and cause significant issues. 

Splinters

The splinters can break off easily and damage your dog’s teeth, not to mention pierce an intestine and can get logged in their throat.

There are much safer and healthier options, such as raw bones or bones as treats.

Sugar-Free Human Food 

Can Sugar-free human products be healthy treats for dogs? No, You’re mistaken. Avoid sugar as the ingredient in Xylitol in these sugar-free sweet treats, which is highly toxic to dogs.¬†The ingredient Xylitol¬†is a sweetener that humans consume, such as candies, mentos candy, Jell-O, Chewing Gum, Peanut butter and many others.

Xylitol

If ingested,¬†Xylitol¬†causes your dog’s insulin level to increase, decreasing its blood sugar level quickly. It causes hypoglycemia that badly impacts your dog’s liver‚ÄĒthe symptoms of liver failure can range from being sluggish to vomiting and seizures to balance.

It can be fatal if not treated and immediately seen by a vet.

Apple Seed

Are you aware that apple seeds can be toxic to your beloved dog? The answer is a big YES, as the casing of the Apple seeds contains a natural chemical that will release cyanide when a dog digests it.

It could poison the dog slowly and cause a weakened digestive system. When offering pieces of apple to your dog, get rid of the casing and seeds while offering small bite-size pieces.

Coffee

Why can coffee give you energy when consumed in the early morning? The reason is the caffeine in coffee is what gives power. However, if your dog was to sip coffee accidentally, it can be dangerous. It can lead to a rapid heart rate and may, lead to Heart palpitations and muscular tremors.

Macadamia Nut

Many cookies and candies contain macadamia nuts, and as harmless as they may seem, they are not suitable for your dog. Research has shown that even tiny amounts are enough to make your dog sick. If ingested, watch for symptoms of the dog feeling lethargy, weakness, and depression. 

Accidents

If your dog accidentally consumes these nuts more significantly, it could display signs of poisoning ranging from hypothermia to life-threatening tremors and more severe issues. However, the symptoms of consuming macadamia poisoning may not surface until 12 hours later, so it is vital to keep an eye on your dog and schedule an appointment to see a vet if issues get worse. 

Raw Eggs

Studies on feeding dogs raw eggs highlight the number of protein dogs can receive from them. However, there is a high risk of¬†food poisoning if your dog consumes a diet of raw eggs as they may contain Salmonella or E.coli bacteria, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Most commercial eggs arrive coated with wax, harmful chemicals that help keep the eggs looking fresh. Raw eggs contain the same nutrition as cooked eggs, so it’s best not to risk your dog becoming sick. So, why take the risk of causing severe issues?

Fatty Foods

Do you feed your dog table scraps? You should avoid offering fatty foods, like bacon, ham, and meat trimmings, to your dog. These kinds of food lead to unnecessary weight gain in dogs and harm the dog’s digestive system. Also, they are high in fat and could cause pancreatitis in dogs, with symptoms including vomiting, belly pains and extreme diarrhea.

Salt

These types of meat have a high salt content that will disrupt the balance of a dog’s stomach. Your pup will tend to feel thirsty and drink more water than it should. It will also lead to bloating, which can be fatal.

Cheeses

We all have fed our dogs a piece or two of cheese on l occasion. All dogs lack an enzyme that breaks down milk products. Many dogs are lactose intolerant and should be on a Lactose-Free diet which will help with digestive issues like bloating and diarrhea. The dogs will exhibit many gastrointestinal issues when dogs consume milk products such as cheese, curds, and butter. Also, cheese is high in fat, which can also lead to pancreatitis in dogs. So, it is best if you avoid it.

Sugary Foods

There is also a theory that if your dog is not consuming Candies, Sweet Treats, Gummies or spoonfuls of sugar in her diet, it could create the same damage if not eaten enough as the body needs. Sugar moves through body cells via blood in a form called glucose. Also, dogs can get a sugar high that can cause them to be hyper and not focused.

Sugar is Dangerous

When the sugar high is over, they will experience a sugar drop that will cause sleepiness, creating irritability and mood swings. These highs and lows can harm their liver and cause diabetes in your dog. So, read all labels and don’t give your dog too much sugar.

Chewing Gum

When we talk about Chewing Gum or a child’s favourite gummy, dogs should not consume them as they can cause many issues. The reason is why Chewing Gum can cause bowel obstruction consumed by your dog.

Gum is Toxic

Also, most Gum contains Xylitol, a highly toxic sweetener to your dog’s health. If your dog accidentally swallowed Gum, it could experience liver failure, so it is vital to take him to your vet for investigation.¬†Always keep all gummy candies and sweet treats far away¬†from your beloved dog.

Yeast

Avoid rising dough bread on the kitchen counter as dogs are known to prop up and investigate what smells so good. Your dog has mastered the art of grabbing healthy treats from above, no matter how high, but if he ingests dough bread containing yeast, it could be a hazard to his health.

Dough 

Yeast can cause issues with your dog as he will start feeling boated as the dough continues to rise, even in his stomach. Also, your dog will experience pain as the dough expands, which may cause a blockage within his intestines.

Corn On A Cob

While corn continues to be the most used filler in dog food and treats, it is best to avoid corn on the cob as it causes high sugar and stomach bloating. Firstly, it is a choking hazard for dogs.

Secondly, it is best to keep a lookout to ensure the dog is not ingesting the actual cob after eating the corn. These could lead to blockage in the intestines and also cause digestive issues. A few inches of cob could be a problem, as I need help correctly viewing it in an X-ray.

Salty Foods

When feeding your dog, ensure to buy salt-free food as it is unhealthy for your dog’s health. Many people think that popcorn and pretzels are the culprits to your dog’s stomach issues, but the real culprit is the amount of salt that popcorn contains. A dog consuming salt in its diet can cause sodium ion poisoning in the blood. Dogs will urinate more often and feel thirstier as a result. Symptoms can range from diarrhea to seizures and elevated body temperature to bloating.

Cat Food

Feeding your dog cat food is not advisable. Cat food is explicitly for cats as it has high amounts of protein and can be digested better in cats. These amounts could be much higher than your dog can tolerate, so it is best to avoid them altogether.

Raw Fish

Fish contains an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids but be careful when feeding your furry friend, as salmon and trout can be toxic to your dog. Salmon carries a parasite named Nanophyetus Salmonella. This parasite is a type of bacteria that is fatal to dogs. Signs of salmon poisoning in dogs will appear within six days of eating the infected fish. 

Symptoms

The symptoms may include no appetite, Fever, Diarrhea, Lethargy, Vomiting, and Dehydration in dogs and can be fatal if left untreated for more than one week. So, if you plan to offer your dog salmon with rice for a weeknight dinner, please think twice before you do. However, you can cook salmon at high temperatures to kill the parasite.

Liver

Feeding your dog or puppy too much liver can affect his bones and muscles. Although the liver is a dog’s favourite¬†treat, it can also contain liver extracts, but be careful not to feed a high amount as it can cause nutritional problems. The liver has higher amounts of Vitamin A can lead to toxicity or hypervitaminosis in the body. Three servings of cooked liver given to a dog per week can cause issues with his bones.¬†

Symptoms of hyper-vitaminosis can cause bones to deform. It can also cause weight loss and anorexia. If your dog has any symptoms, have the dog seen by your vet immediately.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are poisonous as they are in humans; if you consume the wrong types, they can impact your pet dog. Feeding them a variety of mushrooms could lead to slow poisoning. Some varieties of mushrooms are highly toxic. 

Chives

Chives add a punch to bland foods but are one of the worst foods you could offer your pet dog. Whether raw, cooked or powdered, they are highly toxic for your dog to eat. Chives are known to contain both disulphides and sulfoxides that lead to anemia and cause damage to the dog’s red blood cells.

Peaches And Plums

Just like Persimmons, Peaches and Plums are unsafe and toxic to dogs to consume whole unless you core and chop them up yourself and remove the pit, which is highly toxic. The pit casing and the seeds release cyanide when finished. The dog cannot remove the hard nut from the fruit while eating it. To avoid a painful intestinal blockage, remove peaches and plums when they fall from your trees.

Tomatoes

A tomato plant’s vines, stems, and leaves contain an alkaloid atropine that can make a dog very sick if ingested in large amounts‚ÄĒthe symptoms they cause range from Drooling, Weakness, Constricted Breathing, Diarrhea, Constipation and Paralysis. Avoid offering ripe red tomatoes to your dog.

Alcohol

Absolutely No! Getting your dog drunk and watching it entertain you and your friends on the weekend is not funny or acceptable. Alcohol, when ingested, can have a moderate to severe impact on the dog’s nervous system and disrupt the balance.¬†

Baby Food

Baby food contains traces of onion or garlic powder, which is toxic to dogs. Always refer to the nutritional dog food label before feeding your dog. Also, dogs and puppies have different nutritional needs. Puppy food does not contain the kind of nutrition that your dog needs. It might be deprived of its essential requirements to grow.

Final Thoughts ‚ÄstNot All Foods Are¬†Safe For Your Dog

Now that you know the type of food you should avoid giving your dog, we can only hope you do your best to provide better alternatives as treats. While looking to reward good behaviour, you could limit them to once or twice a week and look to buy Treats that are one ingredient, so it will be easier to rule out allergies.

The best possible food is always a healthy home-cooked meal with minimal spices and much love. 

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