How to Avoid Poisoning Your Dog’s Food

If you’re having trouble with your dog’s digestion, you may have stumbled across some poisonous foods to dogs.

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These foods include Xylitol, Onions, Macadamia nuts, and Persimmon seeds.

The good news is that there are many ways to avoid giving your dog these dangerous items.

Here are some of the most common food poisons. Regardless of what you decide to give your dog, you’ll want to keep these five foods away from him!

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Xylitol

Luckily, the early treatment of xylitol poisoning in dogs increases their chances of surviving the condition.

Treatment includes monitoring blood glucose levels, glucocorticoids, and liver-protective agents.

Blood transfusions may also be necessary if xylitol poisoning leads to severe blood clotting issues.

It is very important to avoid exposing your dog to xylitol-containing products.

To avoid this, be sure to read product labels carefully and store them in a cupboard where they are out of reach of your dog.

Persimmon seeds

While persimmons are beneficial for humans, you need to be careful when feeding them to your dog.

Although they are nutritious for humans, persimmon seeds can cause stomach upset and diarrhea in dogs.

If you accidentally feed your dog too many persimmons, you need to seek medical help.

Here’s how to avoid poisoning your dog’s food with persimmon seeds.

Macadamia nuts

If you’re wondering whether macadamia nuts can harm your dog, read on. Macadamia nut toxicity is an extremely rare condition, and symptoms of ingestion usually appear within a few hours.

However, some signs of macadamia nut poisoning are similar to those of a human allergic reaction.

Affected dogs will show weakness and pain in the abdomen and hind limbs and may also vomit.

Serum levels may also increase slightly, and a dog may exhibit symptoms such as depression and tremors.

A veterinarian should be consulted immediately if these symptoms develop.

Onions

The compound N-propyl disulfide found in onions is harmless to humans, but it is not so harmless to dogs.

This compound attaches itself to the red blood cells, or hemoglobin, which is a protein that carries oxygen.

As a result, the red blood cells break down and become hemolytic anemia or “Heinz body anemia.” When the immune system thinks the red blood cells are invaders, they attack them, destroying their ability to carry oxygen throughout the body.

Japanese breeds are particularly susceptible to onion toxicity because of the way their blood cells function.

Tobacco

Tobacco is not a food for dogs and should not be fed to pets.

Even if you are not smoking, keep all tobacco products away from your dogs.

Tobacco is extremely toxic for pets and should not be consumed. It can cause gastrointestinal upset, increased salivation, trembling, and even death.

Smoke from cigarettes is one of the most common causes of allergies in dogs and cats.

If your pet consumes smoke or tobacco products, they may suffer severe skin lesions and life-threatening self-trauma.