A nutritious diet is important for your dog to lead a long life. Pet owners may have heard different stories about foods that may or may not be dangerous for dogs to eat. A morsel falling on the floor is not an emergency – but are you ever sure? Most human foods are safe for dogs to eat. Though, knowing what is or isn’t toxic is very important.
8 Foods That Are Toxic and Dangerous To Dogs
Can My Dog Have Candies?
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in “sugar-free” or “diet” products. This ingredient can be found in gum, candies and toothpaste. Some sweet bakery items may contain Xylitol. This item can cause rapid drops in your dog’s blood sugar leading to liver failure. Xylitol is toxic to dogs. Symptoms include staggering while walking, extreme loss of energy and vomiting. Seizures can occur and liver failure can happen in a matter of days.
Can My Dog Have Avocado?
There is a toxin in avocados called persin. It’s in the whole avocado, bark, seeds, leaves, and fruit. Too much avocado can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. The pit or seed of the avocado is also a danger. It can become lodged in the throat or intestines causing life-threatening obstructions.
Can My Dog Have Alcohol? (No!)
Dogs should not be given beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages. It affects their brains and other organs much like humans. Their smaller body weight and delicate organs cannot handle alcohol even in small amounts. Staggering, vomiting and diarrhea are mild symptoms of alcohol poisoning in dogs. Coma and death can occur from dogs ingesting alcohol.
Can My Dog Have Garlic and Onions?
All forms of garlic and onions should be kept away from your pet (even though some people recommend garlic for skin benefits). These vegetables eliminate red blood cells and can cause anemic reactions in your dog. A random small amount of garlic powder or onion piece probably isn’t going to harm your pet. In large doses, this can cause loss of strength, respiratory problems, and vomiting.
Can My Dog Have Caffeine?
Caffeine can be very toxic to your dog. If you think your pet ingested caffeine it’s important to see a Veterinarian immediately. Caffeine in dogs can cause rapid heart rates leading to heart attack. Many products besides coffee and coffee beans actually contain caffeine. Some cough and cold remedies contain caffeine as do colas, energy drinks, teas and other everyday items. Stay away from them.
Can My Dog Have Grapes and Raisins?
Small amounts of grapes or raisins can cause rapid kidney failure. Early signs of poisoning are lethargy, depression, and vomiting. Kidney failure can occur in a matter of days.
Can My Dog Have Macadamia Nuts?
A small handful of macadamia nuts can cause severe reactions if dogs eat them. Tremors, fever, vomiting and rear end weakness are noted signs of macadamia nut poisoning.
Can My Dog Have Chocolate
Unsweetened baking chocolate and dark chocolate are the most dangerous types of chocolate a dog could ingest. Cocoa, milk chocolate, white chocolate and chocolate bark are a tiny bit less dangerous but can be toxic to a dog no less. Like caffeine, chocolate raises the heart rate of the dog to dangerous levels. Vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms of chocolate poisoning. Seizures, shaking and death can occur when dogs ingest small amounts of chocolate in any form.
These are just a handful of toxic foods that dogs should be kept away from. We will be creating a bigger and more comprehensive list of items that your dog can or cannot eat.
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