Cooler evenings and shorter daylight hours have arrived: welcome autumn. The season officially kicked off on September 22nd and brought with it all of the delicious flavors associated with the season that we wait for all year.
But while we might love a good pumpkin spice coffee, our pups should stay far away from it. The caffeine in coffee can be fatal to dogs. In fact, there are many fall foods that can present hazards to your pup. Here are five of them that you should never give your furry best friend:
You might love candied sweet potatoes as a side dish on Thanksgiving or Christmas but don’t feed your dog raw or candied sweet potato. A sweet potato with sugar, and/or salt, could wreak havoc on your dog's digestive health.
Speaking of Thanksgiving don’t even think of rewarding your friend under the table with any scraps i.e., turkey bones, bacon, turkey skin, giblets, gravy, etc. as none of these are good for your dog. These Turkey Day fixings you love aren’t toxic to your pooch, but they are too fatty for him/her and could create gastroenteritis or worse, fatal pancreatitis. Additionally, cooked bones can splinter and cause damage to a dog’s intestinal tract.
Who doesn’t like corn-on-the-cob slathered in butter and salt, right? While it's one of your favorite autumn foods, keep it away from Fido. Corn can lodge into your dog’s intestines, and create vomiting, diarrhea, and even worse, a trip to your vet or ER for intestinal surgery.
When it’s time to enjoy a sweet to satisfy your sweet tooth don’t offer your dog anything with Xylitol, the natural sugar-free sweetener. Xylitol can result in an acute drop in blood sugar and liver failure at high doses, and it’s found in all kinds of foods. Cookies, ice cream, artificial sweeteners can all contain xylitol, so just be careful before giving your pup a piece of that pumpkin cookie.
As the holidays approach including Halloween, make sure your pup doesn’t get into chocolate. This is one most people know about. However, the chemical in chocolate that is toxic to dogs is called methylxanthine, and can be found in many other foods such as teas, energy drinks, caffeine candies and even coffee. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, inflammation of the pancreas, an abnormal heartbeat, seizures, and even death.
So, how should you give your pup a special treat this fall? Even though your friend can’t enjoy many of the season’s delicious foods you like, the biggest treat is your time (and a fun toy from time to time). So get outside, take your pup for a long walk and enjoy the gorgeous leaves and crisp air together.
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