Alcohol isn’t for animals
Don’t give your dog beer, wine or spirits. There is no nutritional benefit for your dog, and some pet advocates suggest giving your dog alcohol is tantamount to animal cruelty. The Pet Poison Hotline says small amounts of alcohol “can cause life-threatening toxicity.” The negative effects of excessive alcohol consumption for humans is well documented — there’s no reason to expose your beloved dog to alcohol.
During parties or celebrations, your dog may accidentally consume booze that has been left out or spilled. If that happens, watch for signs of your dog is buzzed. Early symptoms include increased thirst and urination, lethargy, and disorientation. The good news is most dogs don’t like the taste of alcohol.
Marijuana isn’t healthy for dogs
While not strictly a food, the ongoing legalization of marijuana in Canada and across the United States has made it more readily accessible in homes and dog exposure is increasing. This is not a healthy green for your pet. Pet Poison Helpline has experienced a 448 per cent increase in marijuana cases and dogs can be poisoned by consuming edibles containing it, or by second hand smoke. Your dog can get high—and it’s not safe for it to do so.
Marijuana poisoning can be hard for experts to diagnose if pet owners aren’t honest about the fact that their pet may have been exposed. People may be afraid to tell the truth about if their dog may have had access to the drug, but it’s critical to let your vet know if your dog has been in contact with marijuana.
Symptoms of marijuana poisoning in dogs include lethargy, dilated pupils, glassy eyes, changes in body temperature, urinary accidents, tremors, seizures or coma.
CBD oil is different from leafy marijuana. It doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and is considered safe for pet consumption, but check with your local pet supplier for pet friendly products.
If you are concerned your dog has eaten anything in this list of potentially dangerous foods, be sure to seek your vet’s advice.