Toxins to Avoid

Every dog owner and especially one with puppies needs to be aware of items that can cause harm; some toxic substances are not at all intuitive because a dog’s metabolism is different in many respects from a human’s. Three examples of food items safe for humans but dangerous for dogs to consume are chocolate, onions, mace, and turkey skin. If your dog eats one of these, chances are you won’t notice any effects; however, that may be because dogs don’t tend to show illness readily for their own social reasons: dogs tend to hide their illness. 
Dobe and Christmas Tree
Some effects may be cumulative; that is, over time toxins can build up in a dog’s tissues from repeated exposure (to theobromine in chocolate, for example, which will never be metabolized in a dog’s system). If your dog is small the results of chocolate poisoning may be dramatic: vomiting, diarrhea, panting, tremors, seizures, and coma. Just four ounces of baker’s chocolate can kill a large dog. Be especially careful at Christmas time about putting wrapped boxes under the tree if they may contain chocolates. 
Blue Doberman Wall Clock Puppies are much more likely to get into trouble because they explore more than adults and they spend more time chewing. The area a puppy plays in should not contain cocoa bark mulch, for example, or pressure-treated lumber, fertilizer, anti-freeze, daffodil or tulip bulbs, tomato vines, or pesticides. Puppy-proof your home as you would for a baby.
Dental floss is a serious hazard for any animal. When it comes to ornamental plants it’s safest to assume they are toxic to some extent; plants have built in defences against being eaten, and puppies’ immune systems are immature. Household cleaners, stale food, and medicines, especially Tylenol, should be kept out of reach. Don’t assume you can predict what your adult dog will develop a whim for either: better safe than sorry!
Wildlife in your area may contaminate your property. It’s never a good idea to have a bird bath or feeder near the areas accessible to your dog. Birds and rabbits carry coccidia, a parasite that will cause bloody diarrhea in your dog; in an adult it should clear after a few days but a puppy will need a stool culture and flagyl.
Anti-BSL Dobe T-shirt
Copper toxicosis is of special concern to Doberman lovers. Many brands of kibble contain added copper, and some Dobes cannot metabolize it. Providing filtered water helps to eliminate copper from tap water, but it is important to research any commercial brand of dog food and find one with a low level of copper. Wellness kibble is especially high in copper. Also be aware that sulfa drugs are extremely harmful to Doberman Pinschers; your vet should be aware of this, but always ensure that any prescription for your Dobe does not contain sulfa.

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