You may be a dog owner who loves to share your eats and sweets with your dog—why not share your favorite things with man’s best friend? Even though you mean well, you may be feeding your dog harmful foods and encouraging bad habits. On the other hand, you may be very strict with your pooch: There is no licking of dishes before they go in the dishwasher, no jumping up at the table while you’re eating, and absolutely no sharing of people food. No matter what kind of owner you are, you still need to be aware of the foods that you leave out on your counter and in your trash can; there may be several harmful foods that you may leave out for your dog that, unbeknownst to you, they may be enjoying causing themselves harm. Today, we are going to talk about surprisingly harmful foods and how a pet surveillance camera can help you.

Popcorn

Who doesn’t love a late night movie night snack of popcorn, especially the movie butter kind. Many dogs love popcorn, but unfortunately the high-levels of fat and sodium are harmful, dehydrating, and any of the popped kernels can be incredibly harmful for your dog’s gums. Avoid allowing your dog to snack with you and put all leftovers or “old maids” in a place far away from your dog’s reach.

Avocado

Avocados are a superfood for humans. However, for dogs, avocados can be incredibly poisonous. The skin and leaves of avocados have a chemical called persin in them that can cause respiratory issues, congestion, fluid around the heart and even death. The meat of the avocado is safe, but it’s best to avoid giving your dog any at all. The seed is also harmful and can become a choking hazard. You may be less likely to feed your dog avocado. However, your dog may find the remnants of an avocado in your trash. To mediate the situation, keep your trash well away from your dog, especially if you know there are harmful foods in the buffet that your trashcan can become.

Grapes

Grapes are one of the most toxic foods that people feed to their dogs and thus can have some of the most serious effects on your furry friend. Grapes and other grape products such as raisins and juice can cause kidney failure and death. Concentrated forms of grapes such as juice and raisins are of course even more harmful. Not all dogs are affected by grapes, but there isn’t a way to know, so why risk it? Though it’s tempting to put your grapes in the pretty fruit bowl on the counter, keep them well out of the way from your dog.

Stay tuned for part 2 of our blog series to learn more about foods to avoid sharing with your dog and to keep out of their reach. Though you can do your best to keep harmful foods out of reach of your dog, you can have greater peace of mind when you have a pet surveillance camera! Vimtag offers one and two way pet surveillance cameras that integrate seamlessly into the technology you already have and are contract-free. To learn more, visit our website!

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