A Need-to-Know for Idaho Dog Parents

Idaho parents with fur babies need to know this. Tonight's table scraps or your dog's run through the wrong farm could send them to the emergency room.

Question: what's the first thing you think of when it comes to foods your canine can't eat? It is chocolate? Maybe it's gum? If either of those came to mind, you're not alone. I rushed to the same conclusions while absentmindedly dismissing the most dog-toxic food around us.

I was today-years-old and an Idaho local for eight years when I learned dogs couldn't eat potatoes. Potatoes, friend! The Gem State's most famous, most important cash crop! What's worse, I've been raising dogs for 14 years.

Say No to Pups & Potatoes

According to research sited by the American Kennel Club, potatoes and dog-o's are a no-go. The reason? Potatoes are nightshades. Vegetables in the nightshade family contain solanine—a life-threatening compound for many canines. Cooking potatoes will reduce their levels solanine, but it cannot eliminate the substance from the vegetable altogether.

For more information on how solanine effects dogs, I liked Wag Walking's easy-to-understand explanation. Scroll through the gallery of dog-toxic foods below to help keep yours happy, healthy, and out of the ER!

PS, don't gloss over onions on the list! They're another huge Idaho crop.

LOOK: Here Are 30 Foods That Are Poisonous to Dogs

To prepare yourself for a potential incident, always keep your vet's phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.

Even with all of these resources, however, the best cure for food poisoning is preventing it in the first place. To give you an idea of what human foods can be dangerous, Stacker has put together a slideshow of 30 common foods to avoid. Take a look to see if there are any that surprise you.

Gallery Credit: Rachel Cavanaugh

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LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

Gallery Credit: Elena Kadvany

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