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Although it can be tempting to spoil the family pet with samples from the kitchen, several foods we take for granted can have serious consequences in canines. In preparation of Food Safety Education Month in September, take a look at some of the biggest offenders of food-related injuries in dogs:
Caffeine in all of its forms, including grounds and whole beans, contains substances known as methylxanthines, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in pets. More severe symptoms include tremors, seizures, and even death. Methylxanthines can be found in higher concentrations in darker chocolate, particularly baking cocoa.
As omnivores, dogs can safely consume a broad range of fruits, but both grapes and raisins have been known to cause kidney failure in dogs, even in small amounts. Symptoms range from loss of appetite and digestive issues to abdominal pain and death, though not all dogs are affected equally.
It may seem sensible to feed bones to the family dog as a treat, but store-bought treats are specially designed to avoid causing harm to their digestive system. Normal bones from beef cuts or chicken can easily splinter and cause damage to the mouth, throat, or intestinal tract.