Dogs are more than just pets. They are loyal companions, faithful friends, and furry family members. They deserve the best care and nutrition we can provide for them. However, sometimes we may unknowingly feed them something that can harm their health or even be fatal.
There are many human foods that are poisonous to dogs, either because they contain substances that dogs cannot metabolize, or because they can cause choking, intestinal blockage, or other complications. In this article, we will review 10 common foods that can make your dog sick and explain why they are dangerous.
Chocolate is one of the most popular treats for humans, but it is also one of the most toxic foods for dogs. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, two stimulants that can affect the nervous system and the heart of dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more caffeine and theobromine it contains.
Depending on the amount and type of chocolate ingested, dogs may experience symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, restlessness, tremors, seizures, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and even death. A lethal dose of chocolate for a dog is about 1 ounce per pound of body weight.
If you suspect your dog has eaten chocolate, contact your veterinarian immediately. Do not induce vomiting unless instructed by your vet.