Creamy or chunky, that 100-percent-natural guacamole you've paired with tasty chips may seem like a treat you can safely serve your pooch -- but you really shouldn't share this one with him. Some of the ingredients in guacamole can have adverse effects on your furry companion.
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There is no part of an avocado -- fruit, bark, seed or leaf -- that is safe for your doggie. Avocado contains persin, a substance that can cause nasal congestion, breathing issues, diarrhea, vomiting and fluid accumulation around your dog's heart.
Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic, along with the other members of the onion family, are bad for doggies. Fresh, dehydrated, powdered, cooked, they're good for guac but bad for your pup. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) states that the compounds found in these foods can damage a dog's red blood cells. The symptoms from ingesting these may take three to five days to show up. He may appear to be weak, he may tire easily or not want to move, or his urine might be dark orange or red.
Although a small amount of salt may not cause toxicity in dogs, it's best to avoid giving yours any salty foods. The ASPCA says that eating large amounts of salt-containing foods can cause excessive thirst, increased urination, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, seizures, elevated body temperature and possibly even death.
What to Do?
Call your vet or emergency vet clinic immediately upon finding your pooch nose-deep in your green dip. The ASPCA animal poison control center is available by phone at 888-426-4435. They charge a service fee.
By Susan Revermann
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Susan Revermann is a professional writer with educational and professional experience in psychology, research and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in psychology, focused on research, motivational behavior and statistics. Revermann also has a background in art, crafts, green living, outdoor activities and overall fitness, balance and well-being.