Friday, March 4, 2016

Foods and Plants That Are Poisonous to Dogs

   March is Prevent Accidental Poisoning month and a great time to make sure your house and yard are safe for your best friends.
Kitchen Catastrophes
   The kitchen is a favorite place for our pets. After all, it is where the food is kept! Make sure not to let your guard down when it comes to the following items:
*Chocolate ~ most of us know chocolate is toxic to our dogs chocolate. That doesn’t stop them from trying to get a piece if given the opportunity. Dark chocolate and cooking chocolate rank highest in terms of toxicity.
*Coffee ~ the caffeine in coffee is highly toxic to dogs. It can cause seizures and death.
*Grapes ~ grapes and raisins are no-no’s as they can cause renal failure in dogs.
*Macadamia nuts ~ these are one of the most dangerous nuts for dogs. Remember they are in those delicious cookies so do not to share even a small bite with your pup.
*Onions ~ besides making us cry, onions kill canine blood cells. Even onion powder in food can cause anemia.
*Alcohol ~ I am not sure why some people think giving their dog alcohol is funny. Alcohol can cause severe damage to their liver and kidneys. It can also cause acidosis and cardiac arrest.  
*Chicken Bones ~ many bones can be great for your dog and their teeth. Chicken bones do NOT fall into that category. They splinter and can cause all sorts of trouble to your dog.
Garden Gremlins
   Springtime arrives on March 20th and with it comes the urge to dress up our yards. We roll up our sleeves and dig in the dirt planting flowers and shrubs. Did you know that some of the prettiest flowers are dangerous to your dogs?
* Flowers ~ think twice about planting irises, tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, crocuses and lily of the valley in your gardens. While these blooms are stunningly beautiful, if your dog ingests them they can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and gastrointestinal bleeding. Always check the toxicity of flowers before planting your garden.
*Blood Meal ~ dried, ground, and flash-frozen blood is like crack to dogs! They find it hard to resist. It is great for our plants but not for our pets. It contains 12% nitrogen and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. It can also cause severe pancreatitis.
*Bone Meal ~ this is just what its name implies. It is made up of defatted, dried and flash-frozen animal bones. When ingested, it can form a big cement-like bone ball in your dog’s tummy. This can lead to an expensive emergency surgery to remove the obstruction.
*Fertilizers ~ Fertilizers that contain disulfoton are extremely toxic. If eaten, one teaspoon of 1% disulfoton can kill a 55 lb. dog.  

   If you believe that your dog has ingested a poison, time is of the utmost importance. Do not induce vomiting unless advised to do so by your veterinarian.
   The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.
Remember that Safety is No Accident!

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65 comments :

  1. This is a great post!! Thank you! So many people do not know this stuff and it puts pets in danger!

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    1. I had to cut down one of my flowering trees when I realized it was poisonous to the dogs! I make sure to check now. ☺ Have a pug-fully awesome weekend!

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  2. WHAT!?!? Coffee is dog poison!?!? Oh nose, life is nefer gonna be the same again fur this puppicino princess!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  3. What great information! I will have to share this post on our pups' FB page!! Thanks for posting!!

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    1. I appreciate you sharing my post, Jenny!

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  4. we avoid all fertilizer&manure things for the garden after we had a "guano accident"... and my momma refused to buy the special flower soil with 100% horse poop. maybe our flowers will look a little pitiful without all that stuff, but my momma said the main thing is, her pup is safe :o)

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    1. We would be so happy to roll in horse poop! Mom says, "Nay."

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  5. You can never be too careful. I once dropped a grape and Hailey ate it before I could stop her (I hadn't realized I had dropped it), I was terrified, but fortunately she threw it up and was ok!

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    1. It is so scary when they accidentally do a speedy snatch and grab! I am glad Hailey was okay. ☺

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  6. What a great list and reminder of things that are toxic to pets.

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    1. I'm sure that with all of the puppies exploring, you have to be extra careful. (I won't mention G-man's curiosity) BOL!

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  7. I got rid of my sego palm tree when I read that a police dog died from eating the leaves. It isn't good for people either and once tried to kill me.

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    1. We have a sego palm tree on the front porch where the dogs can't get to it. I remember when the police K9 died too.

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  8. I should have said fronds, not leaves.

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  9. We always want to sample my Gramma's manhattan, but she won't let us. I guess we will stick to our Bowser Beer.

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    1. Pierre always tries to get a drink of beer or wine. He might need a 12 step program! BOL! BOL! We need to find some Bowser Beer!

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  10. So many things to be careful of around pets.

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    1. It is amazing how many things that we take for granted are dangerous for our best friends.

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  11. Important information in this post
    Lily & Edward

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    1. Thanks! We want to keep our friends safe. ♥

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  12. EXCELLENT POST... we gotta live in a safe environment!!!

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    1. We have to be careful with the five second rule around here. Bentley can move at lightning speed when food is dropped!

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  13. Excellent post to remind us of these things. If you have a dog that loves to eat anything and everyting you have to be so careful. Losing Greta to a toxic mushroom was one of the most difficult things we have had to go through.
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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    1. Since Greta's poisoning, I pick up every single mushroom that pops up in our yard. That was so incredibly sad. ♥

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  14. Great post as I am paranoid when it comes to poisons

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    1. It is always better to be safe than sorry. ☺

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  15. Mr. N has found chicken bones several times! Who are all these people throwing chicken away on the streets?

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    1. I asked that exact same question earlier this week. It seems as if we find chicken bones every few days on our walks! Are these chickens trying to cross the roads or something??

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  16. ...especially COOKED bones. They get so much more brittle when cooked - and more prone to splintering! Pawesome post - and reminders!!

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    1. Chicken bones are notorious for splintering, but it is important to watch our pets with any bones.

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  17. Thanks for these reminders! It's easy to forget that some gardening plants can be toxic to pets.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. Some of my favorite flowers are poisonous to the dogs so I just admire them in other people's gardens.

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  18. Have to keep an eye on these pups that like to put everything in their mouths. Cocoa Bean!!

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    1. Hahaha! Cocoa looks so innocent too. ☺

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  19. Our pawrents are very careful with us and the garden.

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    1. The boys love to sit exactly where I am working in my gardens. I have to be so careful that they don't try to sample anything. ☺

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  20. Important information! Some of these are toxic to cats too.

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    1. Yes, there are many plants that are dangerous to our feline friends ♥

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  21. Always a good thing to review the list of bad stuff that is common!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

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    1. Thanks, Doods. It is especially important now that spring is springing! BOL!

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  22. Great information! I'm always careful to mostly just keep the dogs out of the gardens. It's going to be more challenging at the new house though, because there are a lot of gardens and I don't even know what's planted in them! I will have to be diligent until everything comes up this spring...I think I will just fence off the areas to start with.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. That is a great idea. I can't wait to see your new place!

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    1. Thanks, Laika! I don't want anything bad happening to my friends. ♥

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  24. Great reminder. Of course Kilo has got chocolate, onions and out on a walk, an old chicken bone. Love the emergency hotline and my vet. I've got to check indoor plants as Kilo has taken to chewing leaves.

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  25. Very informative post!
    We are going to print it out and hang it in the kitchen, thanks.
    have a wonderful weekend...

    Noodle and crew

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  26. Great list! Many of the foods you listed are also toxic to cats as well.

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  27. I didn't know Tulips were dangerous. Thanks! We had a scary experience with eggplant once. I was cooking and dropped a piece on the floor. Our former dog, Pip, ate a piece and was so sick. Apparently, eggplant has caffeine in it which caused some of the problem.

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  28. Always great to remind people what our furiends can and can not have!

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  29. I never knew there was an issue with Irises or the other bulbs you mentioned. There are Irises, Tulips and little Grape Hyacinth plants all over the shared courtyard in my neighborhood and I had no idea how dangerous these could be for dogs. Thanks for sharing this!

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  30. You know how many times I have argued with people about coffee/caffine being toxic to dogs lol!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  31. Mom Paula watches out house and floors like a hawk!

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  32. Great post! Although I love to eat almost everything that is prepared in our home, the 'Kitchen Catastrophes' listed above are not of any interest to me ;)

    As far as 'Garden Gremlins', our gardening supplies are kept in the shed & I am not allowed in there. We do however, have way too many daffodils despite my huMom digging them up. They were here when we bought the property. Again, I'm not interested in them; even my pot bellied pig bros turn up their snouts to the daffodils ;)

    <3 nose nudges <3
    CEO Olivia

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  33. I think it's great that we're talking about poison prevention month again - I was also going to post about flowers since folks are starting to get their gardens planned out this month and next - blood meal was not on our radar. Great post.

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  34. The list of toxic plants is really long, including hydrangeas. We had a puppy who nearly died from chewing on one, fortunately, the vet was able to save her and she didn't have any damage. Thank you for these important reminders!

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  35. What a great reminder. We need to keep our dogs safe

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  36. Great list to share, as planting season is just around the corner for many up north. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. What a wonderful list you put together, such a great resource! :)

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  38. Thanks for the great information, our dachshund is always on the prowl, whether its at the kitchen table, waiting for something that accidentally falls to the floor, or when on a walk, when her overall curiosity takes over. Thanks for the reminder on the foods, and what to watch out for when outside. Thanks!

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  39. My dog is always trying to eat our muscadines, which is related to the grape, off the vine in our backyard. I have read that they are not good for dogs so I try to stop her.

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  40. Terrific information-thank you for sharing. I had no idea about the effects of bone meal! ღ

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  41. Thank you for the reminders! Most of these are true for cats too. Cats are actually more sensitive than dogs in a lot of cases, but less likely to eat random objects. It can be tough to remember that just because something is not a problem for humans doesn't mean it won't be a problem for our pets.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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