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Sharing our food with our pets is something that comes as second nature to us. In fact, we want to make sure that they are full, happy and contented. Although some human snacks are safe for our pets, some are unfortunately dangerous for their health.

Whether it’s in small doses or your dog accidentally ate your snack, we would not know if what he ate can be life-threatening for him. In this article, we will be discussing several foods humans eat that can be very dangerous to your pets once eaten. Read on to find out what human foods and snacks are life-threatening to your furry friend.

Popcorn

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Because of the high fat and sodium content in popcorn, it can cause dehydration in dogs. Although plain, unsalted, un-buttered popcorn is okay in little doses, it can still lead to canine obesity. Just like humans, obesity in dogs can lead to various forms of medical conditions that can affect your pet’s quality of life. Furthermore, those un-popped corn kernels can also injure the gums and hurt your dog’s teeth.

Macadamia nuts

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Although no one knows why macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs, one thing’s for sure – these nuts make dogs ill. It is known to cause weakness, ataxia or the loss of control in body functions, vomiting, and depression in dogs. Interestingly, recovery is always likely even without any form of treatment.

You can give your dog a mini peanut-butter chews instead.

Grapes

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For some reason, grapes are considered to be the most toxic human food for dogs. Grapes can cause canine kidney failure and sometimes death. But to some extent, it only affects certain canine breeds. But for what it’s worth, better be safe than sorry. Don’t give your furry friend grapes for snacks.

You can instead give him blueberries instead.

Foods filled with onions and garlic

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Whether they are served fresh, cooked, dried, fried and even in powdered form, onions and garlic are very toxic to dogs. The spices all belong to the Allium plant family and can significantly affect your canine’s red blood cells, affecting their blood flow and causing damage to body organs.

So before giving your dog an onion ring, think hard about these effects to your dog.

Tomatoes

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Dogs can eat ripe tomatoes but not the green, unripe ones. The latter is found to contain solanine – a toxin that affects the GI tract of your dog. It causes gastrointestinal distress, confusion, and general weakness.

Dairy

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Dairy can be bad for your dogs, too. But a little cup of milk along with small cuts of cheese is not a problem. Too much cheese or dairy can actually cause diarrhea or constipation, obesity, and chronic GI issues.

Like humans, not all dogs have a problem with dairy products, but it should be given in moderation.

Avocado

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The leaves and the skin of an avocado fruit contain an oil-soluble toxin called persin. Persin can cause respiratory distress, accumulation of fluid especially around the heart, and sometimes death. But take note, avocado can still be given to dogs as long as you have removed the skin completely. Make sure that your dog don’t have any access to the fruit’s leaves.

Prevention is always better than the cure. To help protect your pets, make sure that any form of human food is stored right. You can always ask your vet for suggestions on the right dog snacks and treats to ensure the safety and protect the well-being of your furry pet.

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