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What Foods Are Bad For Your Dog?

During the holidays, it’s likely to get crazy. There will be parties, guests, and lots of food. For your dog, this is a bonanza! Everybody’s eating, food gets dropped on the floor, what could be better for a pooch? While sharing table scraps occasionally is fine, there are some foods that can be harmful and even fatal to our canine companions. Here in Palmdale, we’re the premier animal hospital, and we’d like to share a few things to keep away from Fifi or Cooper.

The big one that most people know about is chocolate. Cookies, brownies, cake, all of these are bad news for your dog. Here’s why-the caffeine and theobromine present in chocolate belong to a group of chemicals called methylxanthines. These can cause vomiting, abdominal discomfort, seizures and death. A good rule of thumb with chocolate is that the darker the chocolate is, the more toxic it is. So white chocolate has low levels of methylxanthines, while dark baker’s chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder are packed full of them.

Grapes and raisins are another food to avoid. Veterinary science isn’t sure why yet, but there’s some sort of compound in these foods that can cause the development of kidney failure. Some dogs are immune, but it’s best to not take chances. Macadamia nuts are also problematic, and they can cause weakness in their back legs, low fever and some pain. These signs will usually subside over 48 hours or so. In the end, if you really want to share with your dog, you can’t go wrong with a small bit of fresh meat. Besides, if you share a little piece of salami you’ll have a friend for life!

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