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Pets and the holidays

Not all foods are good for dogs

People often want their pets to join in on the fun of the winter holidays. They play with them, buy them new toys, and take them other places more often than normal. They also tend to feed them what they and party guests are eating.

And that is the part where the holidays can become not so fun. Many foods we eat as humans just aren't for dogs. And there are more unacceptable treats for dogs than most people think. They are susceptible to a lot more than just chocolate, something most people know can be harmful. Here are a list of the things that should not be fed to dogs, some of which are pervasive during the holidays.

•Artificial sweeteners. Candy, gum, toothpaste and some baked goods have artificial sweeteners in that can be dangerous to dogs. Some of these can cause liver failure in these animals.

•Grapes and raisins. While no one knows for sure why, these foods can cause a dog to have kidney failure.

•Raw eggs. As anyone who has ever been around a pooch that ate eggs knows, it is usually not pleasant. There is a reason for this; dogs should not eat them. Raw eggs have materials in them that causes problems with Vitamin B absorption and they also can upset the dogs digestive system.

•Milk and dairy products. If nothing else it is unpleasant to try and clean up the messes this makes when fed to dogs. But it is also very hard on the entire digestive system of canines.

•Caffeine will not make a dog wake up and smell the coffee, but will very well kill him. Any caffeine (whether it be in coffee, colas, chocolate or even the beans or grounds of coffee or tea leaves) can be fatal. Once in their system there is also no antidote for its effects.

•Pitted fruits. Pits in fruits can clog up a dogs intestines. Seeds from some fruits, such as persimmons can actually be poisonous.

•Some people like to feed on the dough of cookies or bread before it is baked. Do not share any of this with a dog. It can swell inside them and cause problems with digestion. On top of that yeast when it rises creates alcohol, something dogs should never ingest.

•Avocados. Besides the pits, chemicals in avocados can also create toxins to dogs that can kill them.

•nions, garlic and chives. These may be wonderful things to cook with in soups and sauces, but to a dog they can eventually be fatal. These can cause anemia in canines.

•Alcohol, whether it be in wine, beer or hard stuff can create real problems for dogs. It acts similarly to what it does to humans, but it takes much less. Therefore the alcohol poisoning that often affects humans can take place in dogs too, but it takes much smaller amounts to affect them.

•Sugar. This will affect dogs over the long term like it does humans. Common problems found in dogs that get too much sugar include obesity, dental problems and diabetes. Does that sound familiar?

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