Feeding your dog food that is intended for people can be tempting, especially when they look at you with those big puppy-dog eyes. But even if you do manage to resist them, there are still plenty of things that dogs can eat when they are away from your sight. There are two important things that you need to keep in mind when it comes to protecting your pet from foods that it should not be eating:
- Be responsible, and resist giving them cooked or processed human food
- Create a safe environment for your dog, and monitor their movements when you are away
Some foods and plants may be harmless for humans, but that doesn’t meant that they are also harmless for dogs. In fact, some are downright poisonous and risk making your pet feel very ill.
Keep an eye out for toxic foods and plants that can do real harm to your dog.
1. Aloe Vera
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Aloe Vera is one of the most popular cosmetics plants that are used by many people for treating skin problems, and even some digestive issues. The plant has been adored for years because of its healing properties, which is why it is no wonder that so many people believe that Aloe Vera is universally healthy for all living beings. However, this is far from the truth.
Aloe plants are used by humans to heal minor burns or scrapes, and it can seem logical to apply the same type of mixture to your dog if they’re hurt. But Aloe Vera, and by extension Aloe plants, are toxic to your pet. If you were to apply it to your pet, even with the greatest of intentions, you would end up causing a lot of harm instead.
The actual plant itself is toxic when ingested by your dog (and even small children). The problem lies in a chemical called saponin, which is the plant’s way of defending itself from animals eating it. This chemical can be found in almost every single part of the plant, especially in its liquid center, which is the most dangerous substance for your dog.
If eaten, it can cause your dog to vomit, as well as lead to diarrhea and lethargy. This is why it is important to take care of your dog’s environment both inside the house and outside of it. Many people keep Aloe Vera as a house plant, or they even grow large quantities in their garden. Please do not do this if you have a pet, because it is practically impossible for you to successfully keep the plant away from your dog. This is also true for products that are made from Aloe Vera, so please make sure that those are kept as far away from your pet as possible!
If your dog chews on an Aloe plant, or gets into the Aloe Vera, make sure they get to a vet right away.