Protect your dog: know and face common dangers

Dogs are loyal companions and beloved family members, as responsible owners, it is crucial to be aware of the dangers that can threaten the well-being of our four-legged friends: Let’s analyze some of the most common dangers that dogs may encounter and let’s give some advice on how to protect them. Please note that for all medical emergencies, doubts or questions it is always NECESSARY to consult a veterinary doctor. The information contained herein is general.
Dogs can not eat everything: some foods and especially almost all cooked seasonings and spices used in "human cooking" can be harmfulfor dogs. We try to make a list of some of the most dangerous foods that absolutely should not be given (in any way and form): we start from chocolate, coffee and tea, poisonous for dogs due to the presence of theobromine, a substance that has a stimulating effect on the nervous system and heart muscle: the effect of this poisoning can be fatal. Also sugar is absolutely forbidden and accordingly all sweets: dogs do not have those enzymes necessary for the digestion of sugars that are therefore accumulated and the damage is not always visible immediately but can lead to accumulations that become problematic with consequences that vary over time. Grapes (in all forms) is a risky food, even the most recent studies have not clarified the correlations between doses and reactions, it is therefore impossible to predict the exact effect on every subject but certainly it is known that this fruit causes serious kidney failure. Onions and garlic are plants of the liliaceae family and are toxic, they can affecton red blood cells. The ingestion of alcoholic beverages, due to the presence of ethanol, has effects of alteration on the nervous system and can lead the subject to coma or collapse. Be sure to keep these foods out of your dog’s reach and always consult your veterinarian if you suspect that your dog has ingested something harmful, even if you only have the doubt, especially if it is a food considered toxic or poisonous.
Some common plants can be poisonous for dogs if ingested, we pay attention to those present in our gardens and in our homes orplaces that the dog frequents most often. Azaleas, rhododendrons, Easter lilies, ivy and Christmas stars are just some of the plants potentiallydangerous. By searching on the search engines you can find complete lists of plants at risk, in case of doubt always ask your veterinarian. Beware of household chemicals: detergents, herbicides, insecticides and other household chemicals can be extremely dangerous for dogs if ingested or if the dog comes into contact with them. Keep these products away from your dog and make sure to use safe alternatives whenever possible. Attention also to poisons and repellents (for example, topicide and snails) that can be lethal even in case of ingestion of the dead animalfor poisoning. In both summer and winter beware of temperature changes: dogs are sensitive to extreme temperatures. Leaving your dog in the car during hot days or leaving it out in the cold can be extremely dangerous. Make sure you provide a safe and comfortable environment, whether it’s shelter from the heat or shelter from the cold.
Some animals, such as snakes or poisonous insects, can pose a threat to the dog. We pay attention during excursions and walks and even when we are in environments that we do not know: we teach the dog not to chase flying insects to avoid the risk of bites of wasps, gadflies or other dangerous insects. Keep your dog under control, if necessary, to avoid dangerous encounters such as vipers during hikingin the mountains. Domestic accidents can happen at any time and are absolutely not to be underestimated: eradication of more or more objects. Less pointed, hot appliances, Uncovered thorn bites or toxic substances left within the dog’s grasp can cause serious injury or poisoning. Make sure the house is a safe environment for the dog, being careful topotential risks. Caring for a dog requires responsibility and awareness of the dangers that can threaten their safety. Being informed about common hazards, such as toxic foods, poisonous plants, household chemicals, temperature changes, poisonous or aggressive animals, and domestic accidents, can help protect your dog. Always remember to consult your veterinarian for more information and personalized advice to ensure the health and safety of your faithful four-legged friend.

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