If they carry the parasite lungworm or have consumed slug bait, then land slugs can be harmful to dogs. Sea slugs, which are found in areas like New Zealand, contain the neurotoxin tetrodotoxin, which can also be toxic to dogs.
Dry land slugs are actually harmless and nontoxic animals. Nevertheless, when a dog ingests slugs with lungworm, it can lead to a major infestation. If not treated promptly, an infestation can be fatal. Symptoms of a lungworm infection include respiratory problems, such as breathing difficulty and coughing. Other symptoms are weight loss, anemia, vomiting, seizures and vision loss. When diagnosed in its early stages, it is treatable. Severe infestations are more difficult to treat.
Likewise, slug bait can contain the ingredient metaldehyde, which is toxic for dogs. Eating slugs treated with this product can cause a dog to experience symptoms like drooling, vomiting, tremors, convulsions and agitation. Metaldehyde poisoning in dogs requires immediate treatment by a veterinarian, according to petmd.com.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, cinnamon is not toxic to dogs. It is also safe for cats and horses.Full Answer >
If consumed, calamine lotion can be harmful for dogs, according to veterinarian Dr. Marie Haynes. Calamine lotion applied to a dog's itchy skin is easily licked off, and if consumed repeatedly, can be toxic for dogs.Full Answer >
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a dog that doesn't shed; however, while all dogs shed to some degree, there are several breeds that shed less than others. Breeds shedding very little hair include the shih tzu, miniature and standard poodles, the bichon frisé, the giant schnauzer, the greyhound, the Kerry blue terrier and the Irish water spaniel.Full Answer >
Any dog can get the lockjaw condition, which is a condition that develops from wounds that do not heal properly and develop bacterial contamination that gives dogs lockjaw. There is also a myth that some dog breeds have a locking jaw, but this is false, as there are not any dog breeds that have locking jaws.Full Answer >