People food for dogs can be very harmful, if not fatal

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD/WMC-TV) - You might think what is ok for a person to eat may be ok for a dog to eat, but that's not true. More often, the "treat" you may feed your dog could send him to the vet, and even worse, into surgery.  

Summertime is bar-b-q season, a time for cook-outs, beer, corn on the cob, and for many if you feed your dog people food it may be a trip to the vet. One prime example is the fat that you don't want on your steak could kill your dog if you feed it to him.

At Acres North Animal Clinic in San Antonio, Dr. Carl Clary says, "We see a lot of problems with that fat causing digestive problems, pancreatitis, and life threatening problems."  

Clary also adds that he hears the same thing from so many people.

"'Well, I've done that for years' or 'my dog loves that and I've never had any trouble,'" Dr. Clary says he often hears.

But Dr. Clary says giving leftovers to your dog is like playing Russian roulette.

"You can walk across Slide Road with your eyes shut every day and not get hit, but when you do get hit, it's a big hit," he says. "If you want to have a healthy dog and not spend money with me, don't feed them off the table."   

Bones are a big problem. Dogs love to gnaw on them, but Dr. Clary says he sees a lot of emergencies in which a dog has been given a steak bone, rib bone, or even a chicken bone that got stuck on the way down in the throat. This terrible accident is exactly what happened to little Deja. She was given a bone by her owner, and the bone had to be surgically removed before she died.

Her owner, Lillian Lobrie says, "It's been a pretty costly mistake. If I could emboss this chicken in gold, we'd have it on our mantle."

Another common problem that takes dogs to the vet: Corn on the cob.

"People think, 'Corn on the cob, no big deal. It'll pass.' That gets us in trouble. I have to see it in an x-ray and it's almost always surgical," Dr. Clary says.

Clary gets people's attention when he describes it as an $800 corn cob. Other life threatening foods are broccoli, onions, garlic potato peelings, avocados, macadamia nuts, chocolate, grapes, and raisins. After your sneaky dogs eats these things, you may not see a problem right away, but after a couple of days and just the right amount of toxin levels, your family pet could possibly be seeing the vet and worse, may die.      

Some advice from Dr. Clary: Don't leave snacks laying around the house for your dog to grab, including raisins.

"I've had dogs eat two boxes, no problem," he said. "I've had a dog eat a half box of raisins, and the kidneys shut down."  

All dogs are different, and unpredictable. Perhaps the greatest offender is a dieter's best friend is new sweetener called 'Xylitol,' which is found in foods ranging from pudding to sugarless cough drops.

"Xylitol, if you look on the back (of a pack of Trident) it says, 'helps fight cavities', well, it'll also kill your dog if they eat this pack of gum," Dr. Clary warns.

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