Keep It From the Beagle

Eloise in her Beano-loving days.

Eloise in her Beano-loving days.

My beagle mix, Eloise, puts everything in her mouth. She is, after all, a dog. At age five, she concentrates on fallen food, socks, shoes, and used Kleenexes. But in her puppy days, everything was up for grabs. One day I brought home Chinese takeout and arranged it on the dining-room table next to a bottle of Beano. In an instant, Eloise took a running start, leapt onto the chair, and skated across the table, sending kung pao shrimp and fried rice flying. What was she after? The bottle of Beano. She scooped it up in her jaws, catapulted off the back end of the table, and zoomed through the family room, down the hall, and into the master bedroom. By the time I reached her, she had the childproof lid off and was chomping down a handful of pills. 

In a panic, I called Animal Poison Control. No worries, they told me; you might even end up glad she’d had a few Beanos. 

I knew pills could be trouble, and we were lucky. But lately I’ve found out about a few “harmless” kitchen foods that could prove more deadly than Beano: 

Raisins & Grapes.  Really? Yes. Too many grapes, whether in fresh or dried form, can cause renal failure in dogs. Don’t ever give them as treats, and if you suspect your dog has eaten a bunch, get him to the vet right away. 

Onions & Garlic.  Dogs lack the enzyme needed to digest these properly–they’ll cause gastrointestinal distress. 

Apple Cores/Seeds.  Only the fruit is safe–even apple leaves and stems may contain dangerous compounds. 

Macadamia Nuts. Causes gastrointestinal trouble. 

Fruit pits/seeds.  Apart from the choking hazard, the pits of plums, peaches, and cherries can cause internal health problems. 

Summertime barbecues and picnics are prime feasting time for nosy dogs. Keep all of these away from your pup, and be careful when offering your dog leftovers. Monitor guests as well and keep firm rules: No feeding from the table. Those hound-dog eyes may be mournful, but at least they’ll be around for many summers to come.

posted by Claire M. Caterer

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