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Plants and Foods Your Dog Should Avoid

rebecca - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Flowers are blooming, green leaves are covering brown branches – it’s springtime in the ‘Burgh. While the new plant life is beautiful, various plants, trees, and flowers can harm your pup if consumed. It’s important to watch out for your pet’s safety on your walks to make sure they don’t accidentally eat something they shouldn’t.

The ASPCA reports some plants can havesystemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract.” Find the entire list here. This comprehensive list includes plants from all over the country, which means not all will be found in Pittsburgh, but you can never be too careful with your furry family member.

In addition to plants, springtime also marks the start of cookouts! However, some people-food that you might be tempted to feed your pup, can also be harmful to them. Check out these six popular picnic items that can harm your pet, courtesy of Canine Journal.

  1. Cooked Bones

You’re out on your grill cooking ribs and chicken drumsticks and your pup is giving you those puppy eyes. It’s tempting to give him the leftover cooked bones once you and your friends enjoy the fruits of your labor, but cooked bones are dangerous because they can “easily splinter when chewed by your dog.”

2. Avocado

Springtime, chips, and guacamole go hand-in-hand. However, avocados contain Persin, “which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart congestion.”

3. Corn on the Cob

According to Canine Journal, the problem with corn on the cob is mainly due to the cob. “The corn is digested, but the cob gets lodged in the small intestine, and if it’s not removed surgically, can prove fatal to your dog. Additionally, too much corn kernels can upset the digestive tract as well.”

4. Grapes and Raisins

Grapes are a staple in many spring and summer fruit salads. However, grapes contain a toxin that can cause liver and kidney damage.

5. Onions and Chives

We love a good grilled burger topped with fresh onions. But, your dog cannot tolerate this vegetable. Canine Journal states, “No matter what form they’re in (dry, raw, cooked, powder, within other foods), onions are some of the absolute worst foods you could possibly give your pup (it’s poisonous for dogs, and it’s even worse for cats). They contain disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate), both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells.”

6. Alcohol

While it’s fun to bring beer to a cookout, your pup can have a good time at the party sans alcohol! Alcohol consumption is not fun for your dog. Alcohol can cause “intoxication, lack of coordination, poor breathing, and abnormal acidity.”

Now this is not a comprehensive list. For more food items that can harm your pet, check out their website by following this link.

We love our apartments because they are pet friendly. Park View, City View, and Carson Street Commons welcomes your pets and cares about their safety!

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