Hungry, Hungry Hounds

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You get hungry, right? And odds are, depending on how determined your little four-legged friend can be, it won’t be long before you’re hearing the persisting whimpers of begging for a piece or two. While you’ll want to share, you should reconsider for a moment and remember that not all foods we humans can enjoy are able to be digested by our dogs. Some are downright toxic, chocolate being the most obvious. But as a quick reference for what may be deadly to your dog, The Humane Society has it covered:

Alcoholic beverages
Apple seeds
Apricot pits
Avocados
Cherry pits
Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
Garlic
Grapes
Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
Hops (used in home beer brewing)
Macadamia nuts
Moldy foods
Mushroom plants
Mustard seeds
Onions and onion powder
Peach pits
Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
Raisins
Rhubarb leaves
Salt
Tea (because it contains caffeine)
Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
Walnuts
Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
Yeast dough

For more information, the ASPCA has a substantially more extensive list. But the next time you reach to give Fido some food or a sip of your drink, please keep in mind that it doesn’t hurt to share, but certain things you share can hurt your furry friend. Bon apetite!

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