You'll be amazed at how much dog poison exists in a normal household and how available and tempting it is to an inquisitive dog or puppy.
Keep these products safely out of the way or there could be tragic consequences.
Don't share your alcoholic drink with your dog. Alcohol is a dog poison. It can cause, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulties, tremors and damage the central nervous system. It can also be fatal.
Anti freeze poisoning is common among dogs and other pets. It tastes very sweet to your dog and it will gladly lap up any spillages. Unfortunately a dog does not know that anti freeze poisoning can be fatal.
The chemicals in this product forms crystal deposits in the brain and in the kidneys. This can lead to acute kidney failure, even if your dog has ingested only a small amount.
Your dog may have convulsions and pass into a coma. Emergency treatment from a vet is critical within a couple of hours or the damage caused to your dog could be irreversible and fatal if not treated quickly.
Antifreeze poisoning has become one of the most common fatalities amongst pets, so you should store it in a safe place that is inaccessible to your dog, as you would household bleach and other poisons away from your children.
Avocados can cause stomach pains and digestive upsets to your dog, including vomiting and diarrhea.
Your dog should never eat chocolate, it is a major little known dog poison. Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine which affects the central nervous system and heart rate of the dog.
If you believe your dog has eaten chocolate you must seek veterinary advice immediately as ingestion of chocolate can cause death. Cooking chocolate contains the most theobromine followed by dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate.
Although dogs love the taste of it, don't be tempted to treat him with chocolate. You can buy a safe chocolate substitute especially made for dogs.
Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, hyperactivity muscle tremors, increased urination and increased heart rate.
Caffeine affects the central nervous system and the heart. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning can include vomiting, a racing heart and in severe cases, death.
Never give your dog fat trimmings from meat and especially from ham as high fat consumption could lead to pancreatitis. Cases of pancreatitis can range in severity from mild to life threatening. Turkey skin is also high in fat content.
Grapes and the dried variety of grapes including raisins and sultanas can cause kidney damage to your dog.
Macadamia nuts can cause tremors and muscle weakness in dogs.
It has been reported that as many as 50% of dogs are lactose intolerant. Many dog's digestive systems do not handle milk or dairy products well. The usual symptom is severe diarrhea.
Onions and garlic contain a substance called thiosulphate, a dog poison. Dogs can develop haemolytic anaemia which causes destruction of the red blood cells.
These contain solanine glycosides which can cause vomiting, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhoea, nervous system stimulation, depression, trembling, paralysis and cardiac arrest.
If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, contact your vet immediately and have as much information available as possible about what your pet has ingested and all the symptoms.
National Animal Poison Control Center
The Animal Poison Control Center recommends investing in an emergency first-aid kit for your dog.
The kit should contain:
- a fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent USP (to induce vomiting)
- a turkey baster, bulb syringe or large medicine syringe (to administer peroxide)
- saline eye solution
- artificial tear gel (to lubricate eyes after flushing)
- mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid (for bathing an animal after skin contamination)
- forceps (to remove stingers)
- a muzzle (to protect against fear- or excitement-induced biting)
- a can of your pet's favorite wet food
-a pet carrier