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As a pet owner it is our responsibility to make sure our dogs stay healthy. The following list contains some of the most poisonous foods for dogs that every pet parent should be aware of!
Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic.
After the dog has eaten a large quantity of chocolate, many dog owners assume their pet is unaffected. However, the signs of sickness may not happen for several hours, with possible death within a few days. A dog who ingested a large quantity of chocolate will exhibt symptoms that include staggering, labored breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, tremors, fever, heart rate increase, arrhythmia, seizures, coma or death.
Cocoa powder and cooking chocolate are the most toxic forms of chocolate to a dog. A 10-kilogram dog can be seriously affected if it eats a quarter of a 250gm packet of cocoa powder or half of a 250gm block of cooking chocolate. These forms of chocolate contain ten times more theobromine than milk chocolate. Thus, a chocolate mud cake could be a real health risk for a small dog. Even licking a substantial part of the chocolate icing from a cake can make a dog unwell.
Semi-sweet chocolate and dark chocolate are the next most dangerous forms, with milk chocolate being the least dangerous. A dog needs to eat more than a 250gm block of milk chocolate to be affected. Obviously, the smaller the dog, the less it needs to eat.
Onions and Garlic contain the toxic ingredient thiosulphate. Onions are more of a danger.
Dogs affected by onion toxicity will develop haemolytic anaemia, where the pet’s red blood cells burst while circulating in its body. Symptoms include Hemolytic Anemia, labored breathing, liver damage, vomiting, diarrhea, discolored urine.
The poisoning in dogs occurs a few days after the pet has eaten the onion. All forms of onion can be a problem including dehydrated onions, raw onions, cooked onions and table scraps containing cooked onions and/or garlic. Left over pizza, Chinese dishes and commercial baby food containing onion, sometimes fed as a supplement to puppies, can cause illness.
While Garlic also contains the toxic ingredient thiosulphate, it seems that garlic is less toxic and large amounts would need to be eaten to cause illness in dogs.
Mushroom toxicity does occur in dogs and it can be fatal if certain species of mushrooms are eaten. Amanita phalloides is the most commonly reported severely toxic species of mushroom in the US but other Amanita species are toxic. Symptoms include Abdominal pain, drooling, liver damage, kidney damage, vomiting diarrhea, convulsions, coma, death.
Raisins and Grapes. Few as a handful of raisins or grapes can make a dog ill; however, of the 10 cases reported to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), each dog ingested between 9 ounces and 2 pounds of grapes or raisins. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and lethargy.
Macadamia Nuts are another concern, along with most other kinds of nuts. Their high phosphorus content is said to possibly lead to bladder stones. Dogs develop a tremor of the skeletal muscles, and weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters. Affected dogs are often unable to rise and are distressed, usually panting. Some affected dogs have swollen limbs and show pain when the limbs are manipulated.
Stay tuned as this list will be updated with additional blogs on Poisonous plants and how Marijuana can affect your dog!
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Walking a Pitbull can be more interesting than walking some other dog breeds. You may want to use a shorter leash of six to eight feet long, so that you maintain control over the walk and the dog’s great strength.
These dogs are known for their power, and can pull roughly three times their weight with very little effort. If your Pitbull pulls when you are walking him, you should stand your ground and think like a tree. Stop in your tracks. Don’t move. You can have him sit or come back to you – this is the time for praise. Tell him “good dog” and offer this positive re-inforcement every time. The pitbull terrier is an extremely intelligent people pleaser, and tends to learn very quickly if they know which behavior you like and dislike.
If you’re just beginning to leash train your Pittie, then keep the leash shorter so that your dog walks beside you. It’s a good idea to pick one side for walks, maybe another for runs or bike rides down the road. Make sure to give lots of praise in the beginning, along with treats. The more positive reward you offer, the better your dog will be!
If your Pitbull is already leash-trained, I find the best collars are flat with metal buckles. There are a wide variety of collars on the market, with many made of plastic that break or bend to easily as they are not made to withstand a powerful pet. Some Pitbulls do better with choker chains, but stay away from prongs and anything that squeezes too tight around the neck as this can do permanent irreversible damage on the trachea and affect your dog for life.
Now that you’re ready for the walk, it’s time for socialization. It’s good for the dogs, but better for people who have an inherent fear of them. If you notice another dog owner dodging you like the plague, ignoring their dog’s incessant barking (this is way too common with little dogs!) or picking up their dog to avoid interaction, chances are the owner has not trained their pet and its best to keep walking. If your Pitbull is friendly, allow him to greet other dogs, sniff, wag, maybe a little play. Dogs love to make friends. Pay attention to the dogs, you can tell if your dog is interested in meeting just by observing it’s behavior.
Teach your Pitbull about things around him, a lot like you might do with a child. Teach him about things, places, and people. Let him listen to strange noises, and look at new things. He has a lot of energy, and vigorous exercise is a must for these dogs. It will not be a pleasant walk if your dog doesn’t get out enough. This could make him jumpy, skiddish, and lead into aggressive reactions if you don’t learn to keep your dog balanced on regular leashed walks every day.
Be sure you are the pack leader and if you hire a dog walker make sure it is someone who has experience with the breed. It’s also a good rule of thumb to stay away from dog parks, unless you know in advance that you’re going at a time when it is relatively quiet. Many people don’t know how to react even to a well-socialized Pitbull. If your dog has not been properly socialized, don’t go to the dog parks until he is. Let him interact with people and dogs he knows first.
There are many resources in your local area for socialization classes such as the local Humane Society and a bounty of resources at local dog friendly events. If you’re looking for pitbull gear, there are stores out there just for this wonderful breed!
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