While fruits and vegetables are loaded with health benefits and nutrients, not all of them are suitable for your canines. Even though dogs can and should consume fruit and vegetables to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, not all fruits and vegetables are safe for their consumption.
Much like how chocolate is toxic and even life-threatening, these five fruits and vegetables have detrimental effects on your canine.Grapes and raisins Source: hoaxorfact
Grapes are extremely toxic to dogs. While the exact reason for its toxicity is yet to be clear, the effects are extremely dangerous. Grapes can cause kidney failure, irreversible kidney damage and even death. Surprisingly, not all dogs experience these effects after consuming grapes, again, for unclear reasons. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Potential effects of consumption: vomiting, diarrhea, little urination, abdominal pain and wobbly/weakened movements.Onions, garlic and chives
Onions, garlic and chives belong to the Allium plant family. Food from the Allium plant family, in any form, is fatal to both dogs and cats. These plants will damage your pet’s red blood cells which in turn, decreases oxygen flow and will lead to anaemia and will eventually lead to organ damage.
Potential effects of consumption: rapid heart rate, blood in the urine, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and pale gums.Tomatoes Source: Dogtime
Ripe tomatoes (in small amounts) are safe for your pets. However, unripened tomatoes, its leaves and stem are the ones that spell danger for canines. These elements may contain atropine and other toxins which are harmful to your dog.
Potential effects of consumption: vomiting, diarrhea, unusual drooling, dilated pupils and overall weakness.Avocado
Avocado trees carry persin, a toxin that while harmless to humans, trigger multiple threatening side effects in dogs. This toxin can be found on the avocado’s skin, leaves and seed. If your pup ingests any of piece of an avocado that contains persin, they may experience respiratory issues, fluid build-up in the chest area and in worst cases, death.
Potential effects of consumption: vomiting, diarrhea and wheezing.Fruit seed/fruit pits - cherries, plums, peaches & apple seeds Source: topdogtips
Seeds from these fruits are both choking hazards and are also toxic to your pet. Seeds or pits from cherries, plums and peaches contain cyanide, a poison. If your pet ingests it without any immediate treatment, it will possibly result in death or cardiac arrest.
Symptoms of cyanide poisoning: respiratory failure, shock, vomiting, dilated pupils, skin irritation and hyperventilation.
If you’re unsure as to which foods are hazardous to your pet get professional advice from vets in Singapore. It’s best to err on the side of caution instead of serving your dog with an item that may cause severe harm or even death.