Dangerous Foods for Dogs
Who can resist those big brown eyes and
cute doggie grin? Can a little reward from
the table really hurt your dog?
Well, that depends on what it is and/or what's in it.
A chip with guacamole can
cause your dog some real problems. In fact, there's a lot
of people food your
dog should never eat. And, it's not just because of weight. Some
foods are downright dangerous for dogs -- and some of these common foods may
you. I know it surprised me!
I was chatting with a lady who purchased one of our puppies. She was telling me how
her puppy loves apples and grapes. I got quiet...she asked me if that was okay. I
knew that raisins were toxic to dogs so it stands to reason that grapes would be
toxic too. I suggested that we hop on the internet and find out. It turns out that
grapes are very toxic to dogs. Thankfully she did not give her puppy many grapes
and he is fine. I continued my research and what you see below is the result of
that research. Hopefully this will help prevent an unnecessary tragedy for you
and your beloved pet!
No matter how good you think the
guacamole is, you shouldn't give it to your dog.
Avocados contain a substance
called persin. It's harmless for humans who aren't
allergic. But large amounts
might be toxic to dogs. If you happen to be growing
avocados at home, keep your
dog away from the plants. Persin is in the leaves, seed,
and bark, as well as
in the fruit.
Beer, liquor, wine, foods containing
alcohol -- none of it's good for your dog. That's
because alcohol has the same
effect on a dog's liver and brain that it has on humans.
But it takes far less
to do its damage. Just a little can cause vomiting, diarrhea,
system depression, problems with coordination, difficulty breathing,
coma, even death. And the smaller the dog, the greater the effect.
Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic in all forms --
powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated -- can destroy
a dog's red blood cells,
leading to anemia. That can happen even with the onion powder
found in some
baby food. An occasional small dose is probably OK. But just eating a
large quantity once or eating smaller amounts regularly can cause poisoning. Symptoms
of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and
Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine
Caffeine in large enough quantities can
be fatal for a dog. And, there is no antidote.
Symptoms of caffeine poisoning
include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart
palpitations, muscle tremors,
fits, and bleeding. In addition to tea and coffee -
including beans and grounds
-- caffeine can be found in cocoa, chocolate, colas, and
stimulant drinks such
as Red Bull. It's also in some cold medicines and pain killers.
Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins have often been used
as treats for dogs. But it's not a good idea.
Although it isn't clear why,
grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. And
just a small amount
can make a dog ill. Repeated vomiting is an early sign. Within a day,
will become lethargic and depressed. The best prevention is to keep grapes
and raisins off counters and other places your dog can reach.
Milk and Other Dairy Products
On a hot day, it may be tempting to
share your ice cream cone with your dog. But if
your dog could, it would thank
you for not doing so. Milk and milk-based products can
cause diarrhea and other
digestive upset as well as set up food allergies (which often
Dogs should not eat macadamia nuts or
foods containing macadamia nuts because they
can be fatal. As few as six raw or
roasted macadamia nuts can make a dog ill. Symptoms
of poisoning include muscle
tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters,
vomiting, elevated body
temperature, and rapid heart rate. Eating chocolate with the
nuts will make
symptoms worse, possibly leading to death.
Candy and Gum
Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods,
and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol.
Xylitol can cause an increase
in the insulin circulating through your dog's body. That
can cause your dog's
blood sugar to drop and can also cause liver failure. Initial
vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination. Eventually, the dog
seizures. Liver failure can occur within just a few days.
Most people know that chocolate is bad
for dogs. The toxic agent in chocolate is
theobromine. It's in all kinds of
chocolate, even white chocolate. The most dangerous
kinds, though, are dark
chocolate, chocolate mulch, and unsweetened baking chocolate.
even just licking the icing bowl, can cause a dog to vomit, have
be excessively thirsty. It can also cause abnormal heart rhythm,
seizures, and death.
Fat Trimmings and Bones
scraps often contain meat fat that a human didn't eat and bones. Both are
dangerous for dogs. Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause
pancreatitis in dogs. And, although it seems natural to give a dog a bone, a
choke on it. Bones can also splinter and cause an obstruction or
lacerations of your
dog's digestive system. It's best to just forget about the
Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums
The problem with these fruits is the
seeds or pits. The seeds from persimmons can
cause inflammation of the small
intestine in dogs. They can also cause intestinal
obstruction. Obstruction is
also a possibility if a dog eats the pit from a peach or
plum. Plus, peach and
plum pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both humans
and dogs. The
difference is humans know not to eat them. Dogs don't.
There are two problems with giving your
dog raw eggs. The first is the possibility of
food poisoning from bacteria like
Salmonella or E. coli. The second is that an enzyme in
raw eggs interferes with
the absorption of a particular B vitamin. This can cause skin
problems as well
as problems with your dog's coat if raw eggs are fed for a long time.
Raw Meat and Fish
Raw meat and raw fish, like raw eggs,
can contain bacteria that causes food poisoning.
In addition, certain kinds of
fish such as salmon, trout, shad, or sturgeon can contain
a parasite that
causes "fish disease" or "salmon poisoning disease." If not
the disease can be fatal within two weeks. The first signs of illness
fever, and big lymph nodes. Thoroughly cooking the fish will kill
the parasite and
protect your dog.
It's not a good idea to share salty
foods like chips or pretzels with your dog. Eating
too much salt can cause
excessive thirst and urination and lead to sodium ion poisoning.
too much salt include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated
temperature, and seizures. It may even cause death.
Sugary Foods and Drinks
Too much sugar can do the same thing to
dogs that it does to humans. It can lead to
obesity, dental problems, and
possibly the onset of diabetes.
Before it's baked, bread dough needs to
rise. And, that's exactly what it would do in
your dog's stomach if your dog
ate it. As it swells inside, the dough can stretch the
dog's abdomen and cause
severe pain. In addition, when the yeast ferments the dough
to make it rise, it
produces alcohol that can lead to alcohol poisoning.
Reaction to a drug commonly prescribed
for humans is the most common cause of
poisoning in dogs. Just as you would do
for your children, keep all medicines out of
your dog's reach. And, never give
your dog any over-the-counter medicine unless told
to do so by your vet. Ingredients
such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen are common in
pain relievers and cold
medicine. And, they can be deadly for your dog.
Kitchen Pantry: No Dogs Allowed
Many other items commonly found on
kitchen shelves can harm your dog. For instance,
baking powder and baking soda
are both highly toxic. So are nutmeg and other spices.
Keeping food items high
enough to be out of your dog's reach and keeping pantry
doors closed will help
protect your dog from serious food-related illness.
If Your Dog Eats What It Shouldn't
Dogs explore with their mouth. And, no
matter how cautious you are, it's possible your
dog can find and swallow what
it shouldn't. It's a smart idea to always keep the number
of your local vet,
the closest emergency clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control
(888) 426-4435 -- where you know you can find it in an emergency. And, if
think your dog has consumed something that's toxic, call for emergency help at