You come home from a hard day at work, let your pup out of her crate, and run into the other room for a moment before starting dinner. What could go wrong? By the time you get back to the kitchen, the garbage is strewn from one end of the house to the other--you name it, coffee grounds, last night's chicken bones, tin cans, and goodness only knows what else. Your young dog is sitting happily in the middle of it all with a half-eaten drumstick, which fortunately you are able to wrestle out of her mouth before she has a chance to swallow, but who knows what else she has ingested!
Not only do you now have an awful unsanitary mess to clean up, you have to worry about what your dog might have eaten that could harm her before you discovered her. Many garbage items like cooked poultry or fish bones can choke a dog, or scratch the lining of their esophagus or digestive system and cause serious, even fatal damage. Tin cans and other sharp objects can cut your dog’s mouth, toxic items in the garbage can be ingested and make your dog sick or even cause death. Keeping your dog out of the garbage is critical, not only for your sanity, but for your dog’s health.