While cruising around the Mall in the Park the other day, I stumbled upon Candace Crimm of Annabelle’s Cookies Gourmet Dog Treats. (I bought some of her pumpkin and peanut butter cookies at the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming’s Waggin Away Cancer event and knew that Lucy would like more of them.)
But, I’m not here to brag about how wonderful Annabelle’s Cookies are (just ask Lucy at a Yappy Hour what she thinks about them). I’m here to share some information on the foods that are toxic to our pets—a list that Candace supplies to any pet owner who purchases her products. Candace confided in me that she pulled her list from the ASPCA, which is what I’m providing below. If you see any of these products listed in your dog’s treats, Candace recommends that you throw them out. “Even a small dose of any of these ingredients is not good for your pet,” she says. Candace searches high and low for high-quality and safe ingredients for her pet treats and includes a list of what is included on every bag of goodies.
If you think your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian immediately.
And, kudos to Candace for supplying this list! If you're looking for a safe and homemade treat for your pup, be sure to check out Annabelle's Cookies. (We're hoping we can get her to be a vendor at Pet-A-Palooza!)
Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine: These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.
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