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Or let's say you have a small dog that weighs five pounds. His total amount of food per day is around 100 grams (of course depending on the food, the dog's activity, etc.) You would have to give him 75 to 150 grams of onions to reach the toxic dose from the experiments mentioned. So all you have to do is give your dog onions, no meat, no bones, no vegetables, nothing.

In order to recognize that a food that consists of 50, 75 or even 100 percent onions is unfavorable for the dog, we do not need any studies, since no human would feed his dog or cat exclusively on onions.

So if the dog nutrition - depending on the size of the dog - z. If, for example, chopped onion or ¼ to ½ clove of garlic is supplemented with a small spoon, then this is not only harmless, but - in our opinion - even very healthy.

9. Macadamia Nuts - Unhealthy?

The same applies to the warning about macadamia nuts. These are also said to be toxic to dogs. In the study in question, dogs were force-fed once with 20 grams of macadamia nuts per kilogram of body weight. The dogs developed a fever, tried to vomit, and were unable to get up due to faint attacks.

The amount of nuts forced on the dogs in turn corresponds to almost a total daily meal, i.e. an amount that no one would ever give their dog or cat - not to mention the high cost of these particularly expensive nuts.

So if your dog should nibble on a macadamia nut or two, please don't panic! NOTHING will happen to him. Even the poor test dogs made a full recovery, both with and without veterinary treatment.

10. Are avocados poisonous to dogs and cats?

Avocados are warned in connection with dog nutrition in many places on the net. The green pear-shaped fruit is said to be poisonous and should therefore never be fed to dogs and cats. You can find the results of our research here (from "Avocado leaves and bark are poisonous for pets").

Which fruits and vegetables are taboo for dogs and cats?

The reality is that there are very few fruits and vegetables that dogs and cats should definitely not get. Most of the time, these are fruits and vegetables that are not digestible even for humans.

So you would never think of giving your dog or cat raw beans. Sprouts made from raw bean kernels are also dangerous. Raw potatoes should not end up in the food bowl, nor should green tomatoes or raw eggplants.

Grapes and raisins should not be given to dogs as, for some inexplicable reason, they could lead to acute kidney failure, even in small amounts in some dogs. We currently have no information on the level of the critical doses. As a precaution, we would therefore not feed grapes and raisins. But there is most likely no danger if your dog or cat steals one or the other grape in the garden.

Xylitol and chocolate - not for dogs and cats!

We would also like to take this opportunity to point out that xylitol and cocoa (and thus chocolate in any form) are not suitable for dogs and cats - not even in small quantities.

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that can have very beneficial effects on dental health in humans, especially in the form of mouthwashes. Even in the form of a sugar substitute, xylitol has hardly any disadvantages in humans.

For dogs, however, xylitol is actually life-threatening, even in small amounts. With amounts of more than 0.1 gram of xylitol per kilogram of body weight, dogs develop symptoms of hypoglycaemia and with doses of more than 0.5 grams per kilogram of body weight there is a risk of acute liver failure.

While the glucose issue can be controlled with doses of glucose, the prospects for liver failure are not very rosy.

Cocoa contains the alkaloid theobromine - in amounts of around 1.2 percent. A cup of homemade cocoa made from 5 grams of pure cocoa contains 60 milligrams of theobromine, which could be problematic for a cat or a small dog.

It is known that dogs can show signs of intoxication from 16 milligrams of theobromine per kilogram of body weight and die at the latest from 300 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.

While it is now very unlikely that people will only feed their dogs or cats with onions, it unfortunately happens that pets - for example on their birthday - receive chocolate cookies en masse.

Many a lap dog is also fattened with sweets and at some point the dubious dose will be reached - if the dog does not get over-fat beforehand. Sweets that are lying around easily accessible to the animal are also problematic.

So make sure to store xylitol or foods sweetened with xylitol as well as products containing cocoa in such a way that your pet is not even tempted to nibble on it.

It is often the case, however, that dogs and cats that only receive natural and healthy food instinctively do not even touch unhealthy and potentially dangerous foods. So it is better to pamper your dog and cat regularly with fruits and vegetables instead of questionable treats and make sure that family members and friends also adhere to them.

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