Dogs & Shallotsby Naomi Millburn
When it comes to keeping your precious dog safe against potentially dangerous everyday foods, a little knowledge goes a long way. The seemingly innocuous shallot, a relatively common salad ingredient, can actually cause a lot of unnecessary harm in canines. Save yourself -- and your pup -- the stress.
The ASPCA warns that all close vegetable relatives of onions are a possible hazard to dogs, not to mention to cats and horses. Shallots, scallions, chives, garlic and onions all can trigger red blood cell damage to canines. In general, signs of poisoning are not instantaneous and usually take between three and five days to emerge in dogs.
If a dog eats a substantial amount of shallots -- or any other related food -- pay close attention to him for any signs of toxicity. The ASPCA indicates a variety of possible indications, including bodily weakness, quick exhaustion post-physical activity, change in urine color (crimson to orange), panting and rapid heart rate. If you observe any of these things at all in your doggie, get emergency veterinary care for him. Blood transfusions are occasionally required, so don't dillydally. Always play it cautious when it comes to your sweet pet's health and comfort.
Very small amounts of shallots or onions may or may not produce any harmful effects in dogs. Veterinary Technician notes that there may be some evidence of dogs needing to ingest more than 0.5 percent of their total body weight in these vegetables. If there's any question, however, don't delay contacting your vet.
Shallots and other similar vegetables aren't the only ones that may be poisonous and harmful to your beloved pooch. Because of that, it is vital to always make sure you're fully aware of the safety of a specific "human food" before you even think of offering it to your dog. The Humane Society of the United States warns against a variety of possibly poisonous food items, including macadamia nuts, avocados, grapes, raisins and walnuts. Along with shallots and onions, never allow your pet anywhere near these things. If you're ever unsure about a specific food's safety with regards to your dog, consult your veterinarian first.
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