Dog/Cat/Pet Dangers (Chocolate, Onions, Nuts, Eggs, Fish, Etc.)
The highest concentration of theobromine is found in baking chocolate. A 20 pound dog will be seriously affected if it consumes just one quarter of a 10 ounce packet of cocoa powder or one half of a block of cooking chocolate. Semi-sweet and dark chocolate contain less theobromine than baking chocolate. A dog would have to consume relatively large quantities of these types of chocolate to experience toxicity. The size of the pet will greatly impact the severity of the signs they display. For example, a candy bar eaten by a 100 pound Rottweiler may not cause any signs of illness. The same candy bar when consumed by a 4 pound Yorkshire terrier could potentially cause death.
The symptoms of chocolate toxicity include staggering, labored breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, tremors, fever, increased heart rate, seizures, and coma. If your dog has consumed chocolate, contact your veterinarian immediately. If the chocolate was eaten within three hours, it may be possible to induce the pet to vomit, thereby decreasing toxicity.
Pets affected by onion poisoning will develop hemolytic anemia -- a condition in which red blood cells burst while in circulation. Symptoms include lethargy, labored breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, and discolored urine. Problems are usually noticed a few days after the onion is consumed. Again, a visit to the veterinarian is warranted. They will perform a physical exam and may run diagnostic testing to see if any lasting damage has been done.
If you feel you must supplement your dog's diet with eggs, be sure to wash the egg well and preferably cook it before serving. Washing the egg helps to clean away salmonella contamination and cooking it degrades the avidin.
If you know your dog has consumed grapes, contact your veterinarian. Aggressive intravenous therapy may need to be initiated as soon as possible and continued for at least 72 hours. If the quantity consumed is large enough and damage to the kidney is severe enough, even aggressive therapy may not save the pet.
Supporting Pets Intestinal
It is important for pet owners to monitor the foods their pets are consuming especially around holiday seasons as houseguests and special meals can contribute to a chaotic atmosphere. Everyone should be informed about the dangers of these festive foods that pose danger to our pets. Ideally, pets meals should be restricted to a complete, balanced, high quality, species-specific diet. Combining a healthy diet with proper supplementation will ensure that you are providing them with all the nutrition they need to live a long, healthy life.
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