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Treats Harmful to Dogs


Chocolate is a big no no. You should not give chocolate to your dog, including treats that contain chocolate. For example, cookies, candy bars, brownies and so on. Why? Because chocolate contains theobromine which is a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and diuretic.

Keep in mind, when a pet has eaten a large quantity of chocolate many pet owners assume their pet is unaffected. However, the signs of sickness may not be seen for several hours even with death following within 24 hours!

Symptoms include staggering, labored breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, tremors, fever, heart rate increase, arrhythmia, seizures, coma and death. Below are some healthy dog treat alternatives that may look like a chocolate cookie but contain ingredients safe ingredients for your dog.

Healthy Dog Treats

Candy, Gum, Baked Goods

Some dogs definitely have a sweet tooth of some kind. However, treats such as, candy, gum, and some baked goods are harmful to dogs. Now you might say to yourself, well I eat this stuff and I don't feel a thing. So why are these bad treats for dogs? Because these types of treats are sometimes sweetened with Xylitol.

Beware of Xylitol for dogs since it can cause an increase in insulin circulating through your dog's body. This may cause your dog's blood sugar to drop and lead to liver failure. Initial symptoms include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Eventually, the dog may have seizures and liver failure can occur within just a few days.

Here are some healthy dog treat alternatives that will satisfy your dog's sweet tooth. They contain healthy and safe ingredients for your dog.

Healthy Dog Treats

Persimmons, Peaches & Plums

Fruits are a healthy alternative treat for my dog right? Wrong! Some fruits are in fact healthy for your dog, but not all.

Persimmons, peaches and plums are especially dangerous treats for your dog. The problem with these fruits are the seeds and pits. Seeds from persimmons can cause inflammation of the small intestine and cause intestinal obstruction. Also, obstruction or choking is a possibility if a dog eats the pit from a peach or plum. More importantly, peach and plum pits contain cyanide which is poisonous to both humans and dogs. The difference is that humans know not to eat them. Dogs unfortunately do not.

Below are some alternative healthy treats that contain fruit that are not poisonous or dangerous for your dog.

Healthy Dog Treats