What's the truth behind dogs and how they cannot eat chocolate or fruit?

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  1. Sarah Dill profile image81
    Sarah Dillposted 4 years ago

    What's the truth behind dogs and how they cannot eat chocolate or fruit?

  2. JayeWisdom profile image92
    JayeWisdomposted 4 years ago

    Chocolate contains the chemical theobromine, which is toxic to dogs, as well as caffeine.  While dark chocolate and baking chocolate has more of these substances than milk chocolate ,  no type or amount of chocolate is safe for a dog to ingest. It can cause death within 24 hours after the dog eats it.

    As for fruit, some fruits are not only safe for dogs, but good for them. My dog loves pieces of ripe banana and apple. However, the seeds of fruits (apples, pears, etc.) contain arsenic, so they should be removed and thrown away before giving fruit to your dog. (The seeds aren't good for humans, either.) I peel, core and cut my dog's apple treats into bite-size pieces. Since apples can clean human teeth, they may be helpful for your canine friend's teeth after a meal. It's worth a try!

    There are some other 'people' foods that are very dangerous for dogs and may be fatal. They include:  Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in chewing gum, candy, mints, toothpaste,  mouthwash, and other products--READ LABELS; grapes and raisins; Macadamia nuts; avocados; coffee, tea or cola with caffeine; onions. 

    There is a lot of controversy over whether or not garlic is safe for dogs, and many people feed it to their dogs and swear that it's healthy. However, I've read on more than one veterinary website that a chemical in garlic (whether raw or cooked) can damage the red blood cells of dogs. They may not get noticeably sick after eating it, but once any damage occurs, affected red blood cells can rupture or lose their ability to effectively carry oxygen throughout the body. In my opinion, I'd rather avoid garlic for my dog than take a chance, however, slight it may be.

    Aside from foods, there are many other substances and plants that are poisonous to dogs, so I encourage you to search out and read this information on veterinary websites.  Dogs rely on us to keep them safe. It's the least we can do as loving pet guardians.

    1. Sarah Dill profile image81
      Sarah Dillposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank You! my dog tends to sit there and stare at me when I am eating a bowl of fruit or he likes to follow me into te kitchen hoping I drop something on the floor lol so I am always curious to make sure he doesn't get a hold of anything bad!

    2. JayeWisdom profile image92
      JayeWisdomposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Sarah - As long as you don't let your dog get the seeds or pits of fruit, the only one I know of that's harmful is avocado (and all of it is dangerous for a dog to eat). Apples, pears, bananas, blueberries....It's okay to let your dog eat them.

 
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