When we have two little eyes looking up at us while we’re eating, it’s hard to resist the begging of your best friend and dog. We want to give them treats for them to enjoy, and out of convenience often give from our plates, but there are 5 foods that you should avoid giving to your dog as they can cause issues.

Chocolate
The component in chocolate that is toxic to dogs is called theobromine. While humans easily metabolize theobromine, dogs process it much more slowly, allowing it to build up to toxic levels in their system. Even as little as 4 oz of milk chocolate can be lethal. Baking chocolate and dark chocolate has higher levels, meaning less than 4 oz can be dangerous. Chocolate also contains caffeine and caffeine can cause issues with your dog like vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, panting and increased thirst.

Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins offer valuable nutrition for humans, but for pets it has been proven to be toxic and providing a range of side effects from hyperactivity and repeated vomiting to lethargy, depression, kidney failure, or even loss of life. The element inside grapes that is toxic hasn’t been found, but many dogs exhibit serious symptoms. Grapes and raisins are also prevalent in products like fruit salads, cereals, granola bars, and raisin cookies. Other fruits, especially those with pits, can also be dangerous as a choking hazard; peach and plum seeds also contain trace doses of cyanide. However, slices of things like apples, pears, oranges, bananas, and seedless watermelon are perfectly safe.

Avocado
Though we may like avocado, it has a chemical called persin. There’s several people who are allergic, but for dogs, if they have too much, it could be poisonous.

Fat Trimmings and Bones
One of dogs favorite things is fat, gristle, and of course bones. Too much fat though can cause pancreatitis no matter whether it is cooked or uncooked. It might seem natural to give bones to your dog, but bones become brittle quite quickly and can pose a chocking or splinter and block or cut your dog’s digestive system.

Onions and Garlic
While onions and garlic are great for the human heart, for dogs they can kill red blood cells, causing anemia. All types of onions and garlic — powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated – can be detrimental to dogs. There’s even onion powder in some baby food. Though a rare small dose is probably okay, eating a lot – even just once – can cause poisoning. Things like weakness, vomiting, and breathing problems could be signs of poisoning.

This holiday, you can still treat your dog, without feeding them table scraps. Stop by Three Dog Bakery in Franklin or Mt Juliet and pick up a holiday treat for your best friend.

Three Dog Bakery is committed to making premium, natural treats. They select only wholesome ingredients to ensure dogs have balanced diets and wagging tails.

“Our pastries are baked with either wheat flour, rice flour or a grain free faba bean flour held together with binders like unsweetened applesauce. We make our frostings from a yogurt and buttermilk mix base sweetened with a little honey. We use absolutely no artificial dyes, salt, or refined sugars. This time of year, things are flavored with peanut, pumpkin, sweet potato, cinnamon, and apples,” said Leslie Kessinger, co-owner of Three Dog Bakery.

Three Dog Bakery has two locations in Middle Tennessee: 1556 W McEwen Dr #112, Franklin, TN 37067 & 1982 Providence Pkwy #102, Mt Juliet, TN 37122.

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