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Old 11-20-2012, 10:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Bad foods, and what to look for?

Hi guys,

So apparently, someone threw a food carton into our yard and Jaina ate some of it yesterday morning. I didn't find it until this morning. I was already concerned because last night she kept getting up and turning around in her crate and shaking herself off - I figured maybe it was because I'd bathed her and didn't have a sweater to put on her (she destroyed her sweater the day before yesterday). Also, she pooped in her crate yesterday, which is EXTREMELY unusual for her. Her poop appeared to have peppers in it - bell peppers.

Until this morning, on my way rushing out the door to work. I saw her licking a white food carton, and it all made sense. Now I'm incredibly worried. What if it had tomato in it? What if it had onion? She didn't have any blood in her stool, and other than being a watery mess, it didn't look any different than the previous times she had diarrhea. I'm taking her to the vet either way - I'd hate to find out she ate even the smallest amount of onion.

So, my question is, what other foods are bad for a dog? What signs should a person look for (outside of stuff like diarrhea, which I figured resulted from me giving her too many treats yesterday while training her - she's learning some "new" things, such as "heel" and "drop it", so right now I'm using a mixture of treats and a clicker. Unrelated!)?

Also, why the **** would someone throw a food carton into another person's yard?!
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Why would someone throw food carton in your yard...they were finished with it , do you expect them to carry it till they find the proper disposal, how inconvenient aghhhh.
i am sorry some inconsiderate dill weed has caused you worry , i hope you have found things back to normal.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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We ran into this back when we had the GSDs. The dogs would go out into our (fenced! 8ft high on that side!) yard and buzz around, come in the house and almost 10-20 minutes later on the dot they were throwing up Chinese food in the house. My family rarely eats Chinese because I have a high sensitivity to it and can't even be in the same room so it wasn't from OUR trash.

Come to find out that the neighbors were tossing their fast food trash over our fence and had been doing it for months. Usually the stray dogs and skunks and such were stealing it before our dogs got to it, only reason we could find for the Chinese was that there was a LOT of it. Needless to say once we discovered the culprits my parents gave them a very stern talking to.

It happened again one more time when a homeless guy decided our deck was his house... caught him sleeping out there a few nights because the dogs would be alerting to something in the yard and wouldn't settle. He was leaving chicken bones out for them... not sure if he meant well or if he knew that cooked bones splinter but we ended up sending him on his way too.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The best part is that we typically leave our garbage can outside of our fence - so it would've been even more convenient for them to just put whatever it was in the can. That said, it could've also come from the house behind us... which is even MORE annoying, considering that there's a whole house there!

I'm keeping my eye on her. The vet doesn't think there's any reason to worry yet since her poop didn't have anything unusual in it, she isn't drooling, she's otherwise eating well, no signs of bloating, and 0 signs of tomato poisoning (no dilated pupils, her heartbeat's normal, no tremors). Needless to say, they gave me their emergency number at the slightest sign of trouble - even if she just "seems" off or has a loose stool again today. Also, I was told to make sure she ALWAYS has access to water to make sure she doesn't become dehydrated - check on that front, of course.
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people are awful. the people who live behind us have had their Cane Corso's stomach pumped twice after the people next to them dumped poisoned food over the fence. the saddest thing of all is the litterbugs own/live on the property of their church. a PREACHER and his wife were trying to poison the dogs!

hope she's fine.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have my suspicions. I know that there are certain neighbors who don't like her just because she's a doberman - our neighbors to our immediate left and right like her ("she'll scare criminals away!" they told my other half, their way of approving I suppose) On the other hand, it could also be because someone doesn't know that certain types of food are very bad to give a dog (I, for one, did not know that onions or tomatoes were on the "bad" list until a few months ago).
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have you considered investing in an inexpensive camera system to attempt to catch the jerkwads in the act?
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Tomatoes? Interesting, I had never heard of that one. Let's hope they threw over a container full of delicious carrots.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Sigh... people...

Well, if it happens again I hope you catch the weirdo with no morals.

Must be a hip new thing to do because just a few days again when I was trying to work with Riley on walking down our road, he took off and pulled me into a ditch right near my house where apparently someone had thrown all sorts of random fruit... FRUIT... ??? He kept grabbing apples, but there were bananas and other things there as well. I have NO FREAKING CLUE how that happened! I didn't know what was safe or not, but I guess I was lucky he only wanted the apples 'cause apparently apples are a good treat for dobermans, and now I know of a new special treat he likes - as long as it isn't garbage!

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Haha! Clearly Riley is a ponydog, because he likes apples! I did some quick research on what I could and couldn't give Jaina - antifreeze, onions, and tomatoes rank high on that list. Though, with tomatoes, its more if they have stem/leaf in them. The actual fruit is not harmful, though I'd imagine their poops would not be comfortable with a large amount of citric acid.

Well, I DO have excellent news. I prowled the yard today during my lunch, and found the rest of the packaging....

Apparently Jaina scored a turkey burger. So the things I thought were either peppers or tomatoes... were harmless pickles. Glad I didn't rush her to the evet - but it DOES explain the poops and gas.
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One of the nicest "quirks" of my GSD (RIP) was that Cleo NEVER accepted food from a stranger. It could be filet mignon and she would turn her nose up from it if we didn't give it to her.
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