Dangerous dog treats have been a concern for some time. On the other hand what pooch doesn't love getting a treat or two now and then. Dog owners love giving their dog’s treats. However, there are dog treats out there they shouldn't get. If you have a dog, then you have a good idea of what your dog likes to nibble on.
Let's dive right in.
Dangerous Dog Treats To Watch Out For
There are so many treats available these days and they all come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and consistencies. For every great dog treat, there are those on the market that are not so good.
These dangerous dog treats can harm your pet by becoming lodged in your dog’s throat or intestines.
This can cause choking or worse. If you love treating your canine friend, then you will want to be aware of those treats that can be potentially harmful. Even with treats that are not usually dangerous, you need to supervise your dog when they eat.
Here are some potentially dangerous dog treats to watch out for:
Greenies can be Dangerous Dog Treats
Most dogs really enjoy these treats. They are advertised as treats that help clean your dog’s teeth. However, you need to be aware that “greenies” can be dangerous dog treats that cause choking.
This is because dogs eat these very quickly causing large chunks to lodge in the throat. Young puppies should not eat this treat and dogs that are prone to “scarfing” food. If your dog eats these treats, be aware of potential vomiting, bloody stools, and difficulty breathing.
If you notice any of these symptoms after your dog has eaten these potentially dangerous dog treats, seek medical attention.
What dog does not love snacking on these chewy treats? Rawhides are good because it cleans your dog’s teeth and keeps your dog occupied.
However, rawhides can be dangerous dog treats as well. Some rawhides that originate outside of the United States may actually be preserved with arsenic-based chemicals that will be ingested by your doggie when he or she chews.
Canada or the United States
For this reason, make certain that any rawhide treat you purchase is processed in Canada or the United States where this preservative is forbidden. If you cannot tell where a treat originated do not buy it!
In addition, you still need to watch your dog when he her she is munching on rawhides to help prevent choking. Make sure you buy rawhides that are the right size for your dog too. A small dog needs the smaller sized rawhide treats.
Chocolate is a very dangerous treat to allow dogs to eat. Of course, sometimes dogs get into candy and cake without your knowledge.
Dogs and Cats
Chocolate is toxic to both dogs and cats, so you need to be aware of your dog sneaking chocolate nibbles, especially around the holidays.
Chocolate contains an ingredient called theobromine. This acts in the canine about the same way caffeine acts in a human. A little will make the dog hyperactive, but a huge dose may be fatal.
Visit to Emergency
If your dog has gotten into chocolate, you need to look for vomiting, shallow breathing, and irregular heartbeat. A visit to the emergency vet usually results after eating these dangerous dog treats.
It seems that it is the right of every dog to be able to crunch on a real bone from time to time. Dogs love bones of all types. However, some bones can be dangerous dog treats. Both chicken and turkey bones are especially dangerous because they are brittle.
When your dog chews on them they can easily splinter and cause choking. Some pork and beef bones can also cause the same problem. Veterinarians agree that one of the safest bones you can give your dog is a shinbone.
If you must give your dog a bone, make sure you supervise your pooch and if he or she shows signs of bleeding then you should call your vet immediately for some advice.
Though there are dangerous dog treats out there that is not to say you cannot give your dog an occasional treat. That is one of the fun parts of owning a dog. You do need to watch your dog and make sure that your dog is safe when snacking. Always pay attention to what kind of treat you give your dog in case of a recall as well.
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