Household Food Items Toxic to Dogs and Cats. - NCBI

Household Food Items Toxic to Dogs and Cats
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A lot of your dog’s usual gear can come along. You’ll also need to consider some additional items for the backcountry:
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Most dogs will dig through the trash if we let them, and sometimes mistakes happen and they’re able to indulge themselves. Unfortunately, many items in trash can be dangerous to our dogs. Plastic wrap is one of the worst, having a high potential for becoming stuck and choking our dogs. Household Food Items Toxic to Dogs and Cats - NCBI - NIH
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Several foods that are perfectly suitable for human consumption can be toxic to dogs and cats. Food-associated poisoning cases involving the accidental ingestion of chocolate and chocolate-based products, Allium spp. (onion, garlic, leek, and chives), macadamia nuts, Vitis vinifera fruits (grapes, raisins, sultanas, and currants), products sweetened with xylitol, alcoholic beverages, and unbaked bread dough have been reported worldwide in the last decade. The poisoning episodes are generally due to lack of public knowledge of the serious health threat to dogs and cats that can be posed by these products. The present review aims to outline the current knowledge of common food items frequently involved in the poisoning of small animals, particularly dogs, and provides an overview of poisoning episodes reported in the literature.It is important to prevent any possibility of injury when you begin treatment. At first it may be best to confine or supervise your dog so that it cannot gain access to any items that it might pick up and protect. Blocking off areas so that the dog does not have access to certain items might also be necessary. Dogs that protect their treats or toys should have them taken away, and only allowed access to them when alone in the crate or confinement room. In fact, by giving these items exclusively in your pet’s confinement area, your dog may learn to be more comfortable resting and relaxing in this area since it is a place where chew toys are given and where the dog is left alone. Highly valued items (e.g., the ones the dog is most likely to protect) such as rawhide bones, pig’s ears, etc., should not be given to the dog at all during this initial training period. Of course, if there are items that your dog might steal and then protect, you should keep them out of the dog’s reach by using sealed containers, or keeping them behind closed doors or high enough that the dog cannot reach. To prevent stealing and to teach leave, you should keep your dog supervised with a long leash attached to a head collar so that your dog can be prevented from wandering off, and immediately interrupted if it attempts to raid a garbage can or pick up inappropriate objects (see Stealing and Stay Away and Teaching Give and Drop). Booby traps (Snappy Trainers™, motion detectors, unpleasant tastes) can also be used to teach your dog to stay away from selected objects and areas (see Using Punishment Effectively, Why Punishment should be Avoided and Behavior Management Products). Dogs that protect their food can be given a less palatable diet, and fed in a separate room away from family members.Although protecting possessions may be necessary if an animal needs to survive and thrive in the wild, it is unacceptable when directed toward people or other pets in a household. What can be confusing for some owners is that it is not always food that brings out the most protective displays. Novel and highly desirable objects, such as a tissue that has been stolen from a garbage can, a favorite toy, human food, or a piece of rawhide are some of the items that dogs may aggressively protect.
There are lots of reasons why a dog may engage in this . Generally, the reasons are pretty benign and explainable. For example, many times the items a dog pulls out of trash may retain some food odors on them. Other times, even though the trash may not contain any edible items, the “trash can” smell on the item may still be enticing enough to interest a dog. Some dogs may have learned that if it smells like “trash,” then it potentially may be edible. Dogs can also develop a preference for on certain textures. Sometimes a dog may pull items out of the trash can just to chew on them but not necessarily ingest them. For example, when my puppy was younger, he loved to chew on the corner of cardboard boxes. As he matured, he retained some of his preference to chew on cardboard boxes if we allowed it. Now that he is older, he does not necessarily knock the trash can over to get at those items but, if he has easy access, such as being able to stick his head into a smaller trash can, I have no doubt he will go in and pull a cardboard item out to chew on.