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People Food That Can Harm Your Dog

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People Foods That Can Harm Your Dog

While chocolate, avocadoes, and macadamia nuts may sound like good food to you – allowing your dog to have a little nosh on those foods can not only make her sick, it can be fatal if she decides she likes those treats and goes for more. Avoid the following foods when preparing a homemade diet or giving your dog treats:

Yeast Dough

Raw yeast dough can rise in your dog’s stomach, causing painful gas in the intestinal tract, possible blockages and ruptures. Once the dough has risen and is fully cooked, you can give your pet small bites of bread as long as the treats don’t constitute more than 5 to 10 percent of his daily caloric intake.

Grapes and Raisins

According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, grapes and raisins are known toxins in dogs, having caused numerous cases of poisonings, even though veterinarians have yet to pinpoint the specific toxin involved. Dogs typically experience diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy and eventually kidney failure that can lead to death. While many dogs can eat the occasional grape without incident, the ASPCA recommends never feeding your pet a large amount and NEVER feeding raisins, as even small servings of raisins have been linked to toxic reactions.

Onions, Garlic, and Chives

These vegetables and herbs can cause intestinal distress and lead to hemolytic anemia, a disorder of the red blood cells that can affect your dog’s spleen, liver, and lymph nodes. While cats are more affected than dogs, any animal eating large quantities of these particular foods, or their associated powders, is susceptible.

Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine

Methylxanthine, a type of stimulant, found in chocolate and coffee can cause severe digestive and neurological problems when ingested by your dog. Both theobromine, found in chocolate, and caffeine, found in coffee, are considered classes of methlyxanthine, and can induce vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. The darker and less sweet the chocolate, the more dangerous it is for dogs.

Macadamia Nuts

The macadamia nuts, commonly used in cooking and baking, can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, muscle spasms, and increased temperature in your dog. Symptoms usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and last approximately 12 to 48 hours.

Avocado

The fruit, seeds, leaves and bark of the avocado can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting in your dog, and can be especially harmful to pets of the smaller breeds. The avocado contains persin, a fungicidal toxin similar to a fatty acid that, while generally harmless to humans, has negative effects on dogs.

Eggplant

The skin, fruit, and seeds of the eggplant contain toxins that can cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, seizures, and heart arrhythmias in your dog. The seeds are particularly harmful as they contain cyanogenic glycosides that can result in cyanide poisoning.

Alcohol

Dogs absorb alcohol quickly and are prone to toxic reactions including diarrhea, vomiting, central nervous system depression, tremors, breathing difficulties, decreased coordination, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death. Never give any form of alcohol to your dog, including the kind found in certain food products.

Milk and Milk Products

While milk and its by-products, such as cheese, butter, and ice cream, are not necessarily considered toxic to dogs, canines are lactose intolerant and feeding these foods to your dog can cause intestinal distress, including vomiting and diarrhea.

Salt

Just like it does in humans, eating excessive amounts of salt can cause excessive thirst, increased urination, and possibly sodium poisoning in your dog. Too many salty foods result in symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death.

Note: If you suspect your dog has eaten any of these foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

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Downtown Austin Real Estate Project Offers Amenities and Services to Four-legged Residents

Downtown Austin Real Estate Project Offers Amenities and Services to Four-legged Residents











Austin, Texas (PRWEB) July 15, 2009

As people migrate towards urban areas and transition to high-rise living, one question frequently arises: “How do I care for my dog?” Knowing that pets are considered to be part of the family, The Austonian, Austin’s luxury condominium project, has developed a selection of building amenities and services geared towards families with pets.

The 56-story luxury high-rise condo includes a dog park and an area dedicated to pet grooming. Knowing that leaving the building is not always the most convenient alternative, a dog park offers a secured outside area on the 10th floor of the building. The surface of the park includes a Synlawn synthetic grass surface with a sanitary drainage system. Adjacent to the dog park is a pet grooming area with a raised bathing area where owners can groom their own pets or a professional groomer from locally-owned Dirty Dog can provide in-building grooming service. These spaces created for pets are part of the 40,000 square feet of amenities The Austonian offers and are supported by a 24/7 staff of Austonian Assistants.

The pet-friendly areas within the building are complemented by a selection of pet care services provided by locally-owned specialists.

Pet food delivery, personal shopping, pet sitting and taxi service to and from appointments outside the building are examples of services provided by Lofty Dog, which is headquartered two blocks away from The Austonian. Pet grooming is provided by Dirty Dog, which will provide professional, on-site grooming by appointment for a specified fee based on breed. There will also be a self-serve tub and dryer available if a quick bath or rinse-off is all that is needed.

Full-service veterinary care is provided by Austin Urban Vet Center, located just blocks from The Austonian at 710 West 5th Street. Austin Urban Vet Center will provide state-of-the-art veterinary medical, diagnostic and surgical services, dog play care services with indoor park, pet suite boarding services for dogs and cats, onsite grooming with Dirty Dog, and bakery services provided by Groovy Dog Bakery. Local veterinarian Dr. Erin Homburg and the experienced staff at Austin Urban Vet Center will also provide pet care education, canine rehabilitation services, dog training and holistic veterinary services to residents of The Austonian.

The Austonian is located in the heart of downtown Austin, adjacent to the 2nd Street District. The Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, which includes places for dogs to swim and play leash-free, is just two blocks away.

About The Austonian

Located at the corner of 2nd and Congress in Austin, Texas, The Austonian will be the pinnacle of downtown luxury living when it opens in spring 2010. Slated to be the tallest building in downtown Austin and the tallest residential building in the western United States, The Austonian will offer panoramic views of Austin and the surrounding Texas Hill Country. More than 40,000 square feet of private amenities are available to residents of The Austonian and include a 55th floor that can host parties from 15 to 200, a 56th floor dedicated to exercise and 10th-floor amenities ranging from poolside cabanas and kitchens to a 12-seat screening room.

The Austonian is the second North American luxury real estate project by Grupo Villar Mir (GVM), creators of the Mayakoba golf, hotel and residential resort located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. GVM has developed and sold over 7,000 individual residential condominium units and has controlling interest in Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL), which has built and sold over 20,000 residential condominium units over the past decade.

More information about The Austonian is available at http://www.theaustonian.com. Keep up with the latest news, notes and views regarding The Austonian on the development’s blog, http://www.theaustonianblog.com.

For additional information about The Austonian please contact Cile Montgomery at Giant Media, 512.462.4666 or cmontgomery (at) giantmediallc(dot)com.

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