We all know the dangers of certain foods for our dogs. Chocolate: avoid it completely. Grapes: don’t give to a dog. These words have been drilled into our heads for decades but did you know there are many other foods that are dangerous to dogs. In addition, some are even put into dog treats and dog food. Today, we are going to go through ten of the most dangerous foods you can give your dog.
Dangerous Foods Number One: Alcohol
There are tons of movies where the dog downs a beer alongside his ne’re-do-well owner. It seems like a bit of harmless fun but the fact is alcohol can be deadly for dogs.
The reason for this is because of the ingredients that go into making alcohol. Most alcohols are fermented and the ingredients create ethanol, which is highly poisonous to dogs. If your dog ingests more than one or two sips, it can be very dangerous for him.
While alcohol affects the liver in humans, it does so to a greater extent in dogs since their livers cannot break down alcohol.
Symptoms of alcohol or ethanol poisoning in your dog are:
- Slowed movement
- Loss of coordination
- Severe diarrhea
- Decreased blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing
- Drop in body temperature
If it is not treated by a vet, it can lead to death. Avoid alcohol, even small amounts.