5 Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

(Lauren Weiler, Cheat Sheet) Several foods that are common in health conscious homes are toxic to pets and should be kept out of your furry friend’s reach.

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1. Avocados

Avocados contains persin, a natural compound that can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Dog owners should think twice before leaving unguarded guacamole on the coffee table.

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2. Chocolate

Chocolate is one common household food item that can be very toxic to your pets. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous.

Dogs that eat too much of chocolate may experience diarrhea, vomiting, and excessive thirst and urination. In some cases, your furry friend can experience abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, and seizures.

3. Sugar-free gum

While the gum aspect of it isn’t the best thing for your dog, it’s the xylitol that’s most problematic. Xylitol can cause low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure, and death in dogs.

It would probably take multiple packs of xylitol-sweetened gum to cause liver failure in a dog, but depending on what brand you’re chewing, it could only take nine pieces for your pet to develop severely low blood sugar.

If you suspect your dog has gotten into some, call your vet right away.

4 and 5. Onions and garlic

Onions and all plants related to them, including garlic, shallots, and chives, are toxic to your cat or dog.

When your pet eats them, their red blood cells can burst. Garlic is the worst – it can be up to five times more potent than onion.

It doesn’t take much garlic to do serious damage to your cat or dog, and you may not even immediately detect something’s wrong. Your pet may not start showing symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, or lethargy for two to four days after ingestion. Read the full post at CheatSheet.com.  Also of interest: Pet Ownership Boosts Seniors’ Emotional Health