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As the owner of a dog or puppy, keeping your furry friend healthy is likely one of your top priorities. But some owners don’t understand the hidden pet health hazards in their own homes. The following are some of the most common items that could make your dog sick if consumed.

  1. Grapes: While you love munching these fruits on a summer day, refrain from sharing with your dog. Raisins and grapes can cause kidney failure if your dog eats them.
  2. Chocolate: Perhaps the most well known food hazard for pups, chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which are both toxic for your pooch. If they do consume chocolate by accident, call the veterinarian right away.
  3. Raw Meat: Some owners justify giving their dog’s raw meat due to the species’ wild ancestry. However, today’s domesticated pets do not have the same tolerance for raw meat! They are still able to contract Salmonella poisoning like humans.
  4. Lawn Chemicals: If you choose to treat your lawn with synthetic fertilizer, avoid letting your dog on the grass until the lawn company says you’re in the clear. This will make your animal sick if ingested, and it is not good for their paws either.
  5. Medications: Be sure to always keep your medications out of reach of your dog. Eating pills can be hazardous, damaging your pet’s liver.
  6. Small Toys: Just as you would keep small toys and objects off the floor when you have a small child, you should try to do the same for your dog. If they pick up one of these objects, they can choke or swallow them. Although some breeds are more likely to incur a foreign body ingestion than others, caution should be used with all dogs.  
  7. Macadamia Nuts: Another little-known hazard, these crunchy snacks are actually poisonous for your dog. So, if you are eating them, keep them out of reach of your four-legged friend.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.