Everyone has heard the horror tales of what happens when a dog eats chocolate, but did you know that there are plenty of other household food items that can be just as dangerous to your furry pal? As your local Lansdale dog sitter, I have learned of the many potential hazards to your dog that reside in most kitchens!

Here are a few of some common overlooked items that can hurt your pup (in no particular order).

1. Alcoholic Beverages, especially those that contain hops, like certain beers
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3.  Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in chewing gum, some candies, and some peanut butter. (The types of peanut butters that contain this sweetener are often the ones found in health food store – so remember to check your labels before giving your pup a snack!)
4. Onion and onion Powder
5. Grapes and raisins
6. Most seeds or pits of fruits, such as cherry pits, apricot pits, peach pits, apple seeds
7. Potato and Tomato leaves and stems
8. Caffeine, including coffee and tea
9. Macadamia nuts
10. Avocado
11. Chocolate, however the chocolate alternative Carob is safe for pets to consume and is typically what “doggy chocolate” is made from in specialty pet boutiques.

In addition to these potentially toxic foods, any human food should be given with caution and moderation to protect our furry loved ones. Pets can get sick from raw meats, especially pork and eggs, just as humans can! Adult dogs and cats can also have an aversion to dairy and milk. Keep an eye on your pooch when giving them any new food to make sure they don’t have a reaction to it! Keeping our pets safe and happy is our number one priority!

~ Written by guest blogger and Lansdale pet sitter Anna J!

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