Most everyone avoids giving chocolate to their dog, but there are lots of things that we don’t consider dangerous to our canine friends. Here are just a few to avoid:
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is very popular in sugar-free gum, mints, certain toothpastes; and it is a serious danger to your dog. It is very easy to leave a pack of gum in your jacket pocket, a notebook, or in your purse, giving your dog easy access to something deadly. The chemical triggers a sudden and rapid increase in insulin, causing your dog to go into a form of shock.
Avocados contain a toxic component called persin, which can damage heart, lung and other tissue in many animals. It frequently causes vomiting and diarrhea.
These two food items destroy red blood cells and can cause anemia, weakness, and difficulty breathing. Even small amounts can cause cumulative damage over time.
Macadamia nuts can temporarily cause weakness, muscle tremor and paralysis.
For more information on things that can poison your dog, please visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
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