Danger in the Kitchen!! Allergy Dog Foods are Not the Only Foods That Need Your Attention.
There are a number of foods in our kitchen that demand our attention. The current trending discussions are all about the appropriate allergy-dog foods to use during an elimination diet trial. That, elimination diet trials, is a topic for another time and one that we will cover extensively. As pet-parents start to home-cook for the family dog, we need to exercise some caution and remind everyone that “what is good for us……is not necessarily good for your dog”!
The most common pet-related toxins found in the kitchen are:
-chocolate stays in the stomach for a long time so you may need to observe your dog for up to 96 hours
-the order of toxicity from most to least toxic: cacao beans> cacao powder>baker’s
chocolate>dark semisweet>milk chocolate>white chocolate
-toxic signs you may notice: vomiting and diarrhea
increased body temperature (fever)
tremors or seizures
GRAPES AND RAISINS
-seeds, seedless, organic….all poisonous!
-as an example…. 1.4 oz of raisins (approx. 40 raisins) can be toxic for a 30# dog
9.5oz of grapes (approx.. 47 grapes )can be toxic for a 30# dog
-things you may notice: vomiting and diarrhea (with intact fruit!!)
lack of urination (kidney failure)
-sources: homemade playdough, baking soda, paintballs, sea water
-things you may notice: vomiting/ diarrhea
loss of appetite
loss of coordination
tremors, seizures, coma
XYLITOL: sugar-free sweetener in gum, breath mints, gummy vitamins, mouthwash, etc
-things you may notice: weakness/ twitching (low blood glucose)
vomiting/ diarrhea/ dark stool
loss of appetite
yellow mucous membranes (gums, eyes)- liver failure
- 30 nuts may be toxic for a 15# dog
-things you may notice: weakness, tremors, ataxia
lameness, joint stiffness
ONIONS AND GARLIC
-your dog must ingest a large amount at one time for toxicity to occur
-things you may see: depression
rapid heart rate and rapid breathing
pale mucous membranes (anemia)
“Toxic” Jerky Dog Treats from China: Caution!!!!
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has received approximately 4,800 complaints of illness in animals (as well as 3 people and several cats) fed jerky treats from China. They have been aware of this ongoing problem since 2007. They have reports of as many as 1,000 dog deaths. The exact cause of the illness is still under investigation. The FDA is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No specific agent or toxin has been identified to date. Most of the suspect products contained chicken or duck. Current investigations are underway to identify the offending agent. Original “toxic” suspects; amantadine (anti-viral drug), melamine, and heavy metals, have proven negative.
Consumers should be aware that manufacturers do not need to list the country of “origin” for each ingredient used in their products, so packages that do not state on the label that they are made in another country may still contain ingredients sourced from China or other countries that export to the U.S.
In response to consumer pressure…..
Petco announced it will stop carrying Chinese-made dog and cat jerky treats by
PetSmart announced it will stop carrying the treats by March 2015
Nestle Purina announced on May 30, 2014 that it had offered $6.5million to settle
claims on Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats
Although retail stores have acknowledged the potential for hazard, they are slow to remove the products from their shelves. The same can be said for the actual companies that manufacture and/or import the products for placement in the stores. Unfortunately, these potentially tainted treats are still on the shelves for purchase. As consumers, we must be ever vigilant in what we give our pets.
Listing of recalled treats: “to date”
Jones Natural Foods Co. recalls Woofers Dog Treats
Milo’s Kitchen recalls Chicken Jerky & Chicken Grillers Home-Style Dog Treats
Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats
Boots & Barkley Pig Ears & Variety Pack Dog Treats
Publix Private label Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats
Remember: Safety is paramount! Carefully read all labels
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