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March Is “Pet Poison Prevention” Month




While you love your dear dog and want him to have the healthiest of diets, it’s important to know which foods to consume and which must be avoided at all costs. In fact, there are specific foods which are toxic to dogs. Whether its grapes or cabbage or extensive table scraps or bread dough be aware of the list below as toxic food for dogs … in other words, what not to feed!

Avocado Dog Toxicity
For dogs the avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark contain a toxic principle known as Persin. The Guatemalan variety, a common one found in stores, appears to be the most problematic. Avocado in dog food should not be a problem if in a product manufactured by a known company. Symptoms associated with dog avocado poisoning includes nasal congestion, problems breathing, and fluid accumulation in the dog heart.

Salmon Poisoning in Dogs
Salmon Poisoning in Dogs can be avoided by keeping your dog away from raw fish, particularly salmon or other fish that swim upstream. It is a dangerous condition seen in dogs that eat specific types of raw fish. It primarily occurs West of the Cascade mountain range in the U.S. The problem is caused by the Nanophyetus salmincola parasite which is infected with an organism called Neorickettsia helminthoeca. It is this organism that causes the dog fish poisoning.

Symptoms of dog salmon poisoning include:

* Dehydration
* Weakness
* Lymph node swelling
* Fever
* Diarrhea
* Appetite loss

This condition can be diagnosed with a fecal sample. Dogs are given an antibiotic and a wormer. Dogs recover quickly from this type of dog poisoning.

Dog Alcohol Poisoning
After a party it isn’t impossible for a dog to drink alcohol. Symptoms include staggering, weakness, depression and can result in coma and death.

Dog Antifreeze Poisoning
Will Antifreeze Kill a Dog? Ethylene glycol (antifreeze) is one of the most dangerous things your dog could ingest. Dogs are attracted to its sweet smell and taste. A tablespoon of antifreeze could kill or cause severe symptoms in a small dog. If you suspect antifreeze poisoning call a veterinary emergency center immediately and induce vomiting immediately.

To avoid this type of poisoning, use a pet safe alternative antifreeze such as Sierra.

Dog Caffeine Poisoning

Cup of Coffee

Cup of Coffee

Symptoms associated with ingesting caffeine (chocolate, coffee, tea and any caffeinated sodas) include tremors, heart arrhythmia and seizures. Call your veterinarian immediately. If the symptoms are severe your vet will administer activated charcoal, intravenous fluids or induce vomiting.

Dog Chocolate Poisoning
Dogs eating chocolate is a toxic problem for dogs. It can cause diarrhea and vomiting and in more severe cases it can cause a heart arrhythmia. Symptoms depend on the weight of the dog. Approximately 1 square of unsweetened chocolate for every 10 pounds of weight is a guide for symptom onset. Unsweetened chocolate is 10 times more toxic than milk chocolate. Call your veterinarian immediately with the weight and type of chocolate eaten by your dog.

Dog Poisonous Cleaning Products
Cleaning products can cause burning in your dogs mouth, eyes, nose, stomach and skin. Dangerous products include:
* Bleach
* Dish washing Gel and Detergents
* Drain Openers
* Laundry Detergents
* Oven Cleaner
* Pine-Sol
* Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Call your poison control center immediately. Your veterinarian will treat your dog for chemical burns. Do not induce vomiting in case cleaning products are caustic.

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