As far as canine food, the best thing is to stick with the dog food your veterinarian recommends for your pet, but it’s natural to want to give treats every now and then. That’s well and fine, as long as you avoid using these foods.
Onions and garlic
Garlic, onions, and leeks are part of the allium plant family, which can break down red blood cells in canines. This can cause your dog to become anemic, explains Justine Lee, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Garlic in particular is five times more toxic to dogs than the other allium plants, but even the onion powder found in baby food can cause an issue, WebMD reports. Eating large amounts of raw garlic and onions is particularly concerning, but smaller amounts over a consistent amount of time can also cause issues. Symptoms of anemia in your dog can include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, and breathlessness, among others.
Peaches, plums, and persimmons
If you live in an area with peach and plum trees, it’s best to pay careful attention. The fruit itself isn’t the issue â€” it’s the pits inside that cause damage. Most obviously, the pits can cause intestinal blockages that can turn serious. However, the pits also contain cyanide, which is toxic to humans and pets alike. Humans know to not take a bite out of the pit, while your dog might continue chowing down.
You might have chalked this one up to hype or an old wive’s tale, but chocolate really isn’t good for your dog. Like caffeine, chocolate contains methylxanthines, and can carry the same dangerous side effects as caffeine. All types of chocolate contain these compounds, though it’s more prevalent in some kinds. Dark chocolate, chocolate mulch, and unsweetened baker’s chocolate are particularly potent and harmful to dogs, according to WebMD.
“Eating too much salt can cause excessive thirst and urination and lead to sodium ion poisoning,” WebMD writes. While we know we should drink plenty of water â€” especially the moment we actually begin to feel thirsty â€” we might not remember to monitor our pet’s water intake. A chip or two won’t cause major harm, but it’s best to dole out low-sodium alternatives when possible.
Yeast in any form before it’s baked is extremely dangerous for your dog, as it will continue rising in their stomach. “Ingestion of yeast dough can cause gas to accumulate in your dog’s digestive system as a result of the dough rising,” VetsNow explains. “Not only can this be painful but it may also cause the stomach or intestines to become obstructed (blocked) or distended.” The yeast also produces ethanol as a by-product, which in your dog can make them become drunk.
Avocados contain a compound called persin, which can be toxic to dogs. Among other issues, persin can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart congestion in canines. Not only is persin in the fruit itself, but it’s also in the pit, leaves, and even the bark of an avocado tree.
Candy and gum
Candy and gum will often contain a sweetener called xylitol, which is also found in toothpaste and some diet foods. In dogs, xylitol can lead to an insulin spike, which ultimately is bad for blood sugar and can potentially cause damage to the liver. According to Good Housekeeping, if xylitol is among the first three to five ingredients, it’s probably toxic for your pup.
Corn on the cob
Corn might be the No. 1 filler ingredient in many dog foods, but skip the au naturel version that comes on a cob when you’re feeding it to your pet. Dogs will continue chomping on the cob long after the kernels are gone, and ingesting large bits of the cob could cause digestive issues, primarily blockages.
Grapes and raisins
The compound in grapes and raisins that is toxic to dogs is unknown, the ASPCA reports. Whatever it is, it’s dangerous enough that it can cause kidney failure in canines, and feeding grapes or raisins to your dog should be avoided completely. According to Canine Journal, eating these otherwise innocuous snacks can also cause severe liver damage.
Milk and dairy products
Not all dogs are lactose intolerant, and those who aren’t will be fine eating the occasional ice cream or yogurt treat. Even so, it’s best to avoid milk and dairy products for the most part. As with most foods that dogs can’t eat, they’ll experience vomiting, diarrhea, and other digestive issues if they are lactose intolerant. In some cases, an allergic reaction could also occur, which will most likely take the form of itchiness.
A 21-year-old veterinarian technician’s grandma was laid up in a hospital and really wanted to see her dog, despite the facility’s reluctance to let puppers roam the halls. And so, the diligent granddaughter, Twitter’s HennickShelby, determined that the best way to sneak a cute doggo into her grandmother’s hospital room is to disguise it as a baby.
And so that’s just what she did. She wrapped the canine up like a sleeping babe, put it on her shoulder, and snuck it right into her grateful grandma.
That was the first super smart thing she did. The second super smart thing she did was share the feat on Twitter so that we could all see.
My grandma is in the hospital right now and wanted to see her dog. So I made it look like I was carrying a baby and we made it pic.twitter.com/oKxNBlJEEL
“British politics, when done well, can be very fun,” John Oliver said in the latest episode of Last Week Tonight on Sunday. Oliver, our greatest explainer of all things UK, broke down the special elections and its impact on Brexit, as well as who exactly Lord Buckethead is and why Prime Minister Theresa May needs his help.
A week from now, talks of Great Britain’s exit from the European Union will begin, and Oliver explains that the negotiations will revolve on whether or not the split will be “soft” or “hard” oneand what that exactly means.
“Any single part of Brexit is a mountainous task and that is before you get to the tiny little bits that you understand that we haven’t even thought might be a problem,” he said, like, for example, logistics when it comes to transporting pets.
But if one person can help May figure it all out, it’s probably Lord Buckethead.
From the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to the colorful thermal geysers of Yellowstone, America has protected some of its most impressive natural wonders in its National Parks.
But like with any precious landmarks, humans are bound to push the limits of respectful observation. Thanks to this Reddit thread, we’ve compiled 16 of the dumbest things people have done in our National Parks.
Read on, get (un)inspired, and remember to never take a selfie with a bison.
Four men tried to walk into the 160-degree geothermal hot springs in Yellowstone National Park.
Four men behind the travel vlog High on Life were thrust under fire in early May for walking off the boardwalk area at Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring. The thermal spring is one of the largest in the United States, and its water hovers around 160 degrees. Danger to the tourists aside, it is also an extremely delicate ecosystem. After drawing ire from the public, the foursome issued an apology.
A woman graffitied her Instagram handle all over several National Parks.
An Instagram artist named Casey Nocket was banned from all National Parks for life after graffiti of her Instagram handle was documented in seven different parks in 2014. She posted the images of her “tags” on her own Instagram, so was understandably caught relatively quickly and plead guilty in 2016.
Two people decided to load up a bison calf into the back of their car. It later had to be killed.
In May, two visitors to Yellowstone saw what they thought was an abandoned bison calf. Instead of leaving wildlife alone or alerting a ranger, the tourists loaded the calf into the back of their SUV in a “rescue.” The calf later had to be euthanized because it was rejected from its herd, likely due to its contact with humans.
Some tourists thought bear spray (pepper spray) worked like bug repellent and sprayed the hot chemicals all over their bodies.
“I was in a National Park at the visitor’s center. Suddenly, there’s this huge commotion and a lot of screaming from the lobby. I head over to find an entire tourist family crying and screaming and the park staff trying their best to manage the situation. Then the air shifts and it hits me. They had applied a liberal amount of BEAR SPRAY all over themselves and the entire lobby. Apparently, they had mistaken the wording of “bear repellent” and had assumed it was to be used like mosquito repellent.” king_bestestes
Boy Scout leaders in Utah cheered as they pushed over a 2,000-year-old rock formation because they thought it was dangerous.
Some humans truly think they are changing the natural landscape for good. Boy Scout leaders in Utah’s Goblin Valley came under fire in 2013 for deliberately pushing over and toppling a 200-million-year-old rock formation known as a hoodoo.
The men filmed their conquest and cheered when it toppled, later claiming that they thought the unstable rock sculpture was “dangerous.” The men later received probation for third-degree felony charges.
People in Everglades National Park tried to take home baby alligators as pets.
“In Shark Valley at the Everglades National Park, every now and then some idiots will try to steal baby gators. This is utterly stupid, not only for the fact that they grow up to be full size gators, but because when the little gators feel threatened, they cry, which attracts all the adult mama gators in the area. Which ends up being a huge problem since it’s literally in the middle of the Everglades and swarming with gators.” Redditor Tragic-Story
A man dropped a rock from the top of a busy hiking trail in the Grand Canyon, nearly hitting several hikers.
Redditor kristyin says “You see every hiker see their impending death as this rock bounced of the canyon wall.”
A person on a whale-watching tour asked the guide what elevation they were at. The answer: sea level.
During a whale watch on a boat in a marine sanctuary I had a guy ask me what the elevation was… People get stupid on vacation.” – RedditorJackRubysGun
A man dove headfirst into 200F thermal water to try to rescue a dog. Both died.
A tragic story of acting without thinking resulted in the death of a man and a dog at a Yellowstone geyser in 1981. According to rumor-debunking website Snopes, a man was visiting the Celestine Pool when his friend’s dog escaped and fell into the 200F pool.
The man dove headfirst into the spring in a valiant attempt to save the dog. Alas, the man suffered third-degree burns to his entire body and neither he nor the dog survived.
Tourists tried and failed to light fossilized wood on fire, which also happens to be illegal.
“I was working in Petrified Forest National Park as a researcher… I watched two tourists pick up pieces of petrified wood (so, rocks) and try their hardest to light them on fire. This is actually illegal, as was their decision to take the pieces of petrified wood home with them when they finally decided that they wouldn’t burn. I waited until they left and then called them in to the law enforcement. They were stopped at the gate and their car was searched.” ailetoile
Visitors complained to hotel staff that the bears in Yellowstone weren’t “trained” to come out and play.
While we can’t confirm the validity or the seriousness of this comment card, some visitors to Yellowstone were apparently disappointed at the lack of wildlife sightings.
The card reads, “Our visit was wonderful but we never saw any bears. Please train your bears to be where guests can see them. This was an expensive trip to not get to see any bears.”
Boy Scouts decided to cut down several young trees in a National Park, and were fined heftily.
“A group of Boy Scouts decided they wanted to try to build a raft and started sawing away at young trees.
That is suuuuuuper illegal. I think after they were caught they got fined something like $3,000 per tree, I can’t remember exactly.” Choniepaster
Many people have gotten too close to bison in Yellowstone, often in hopes of snapping an amazing picture, but ended up with serious injuries in the process.
This one comes straight from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: don’t take selfies with the bison in Yellowstone.
Of five people who were gored by bison in Yellowstone in summer 2015, “[t]hree persons sustained injuries while taking photographs at a distance of approximately 36 ft (12 m) from bison, including two who turned their back on the bison to take the photograph; one person reported taking a cell phone self-portrait (selfie), which necessitated getting close to the animal.”
A man left greasy fast-food wrappers in the woods, littering and attracting bears.
“He got out of his truck with a bag of McDonald’s and sat down on a rock and ate his meal, it consisted of a two-cheeseburger meal, fries and a Coke. How do I know exactly what he was eating without staring at him the whole time? Because when he was done he threw all of the trash into the woods behind him. Greasy cheeseburger wrappers and all. My dad explained to him there are bears in the woods and that, that kind of thing is an invite for them to come into the campground. Guy laughed, said it was fine. Dad threatened him and made him go pick it all up.” yodamy
Ill-prepared hikers thought they could summit Mt. Whitney in two to three days with only Clif bars as fuel.
Redditor Choniepaster was a back country trail worker in Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park in California and reported, ” [I] ran into a group of about 4 people who were trying to hike to Mt. Whitney and back in two-three days (around 70-80 miles round trip from where they started) and they only brought cliff bars and a space blanket. They ended up getting chased down by the nearby ranger and escorted out of the back country.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to the dogsor cats, or birds, or reptiles.
Earnhardts sponsor Nationwide is running contest to promote its new nose to tail pet insurance, and the winner gets to put the face of his or her favorite critter on the back of Juniors car during the New England 300 NASCAR race in September.