Posted on March 5, 2015, 10:26 am
Many of the foods we eat can be eaten by our canine companions without any ill effects. In fact, there are many foods, such as bananas, that are quite good for your dog. However, there is also a list of foods that have shown to be very toxic to dogs. Some foods may only cause vomiting or diarrhea while others may cause nerve damage and death. As a dog owner, you need to be well aware of the kinds of foods that could potentially harm your pet.
Even a small amount of alcohol can be life threatening to dogs. Also, keep in mind that rum cakes and other deserts that contain alcohol can be just as harmful.
While avocados contain persin (a deadly toxin for birds and cattle), persin is not the reason why dogs cannot eat avocado. Dogs cannot eat avocado because of the seeds. Avocado seeds are large enough to get stuck in the dog’s esophagus, stomach or intestinal tract.
Chocolate contains theobromine, which is highly toxic for dogs. While the ingestion of a small amount of chocolate may only cause vomiting and diarrhea, eating a moderate or large amount of chocolate can elevate your dog’s heart rate, which could cause an abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, and seizures. Such things could also lead to death.
Both coffee and tea contain caffeine, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. It is important to keep your coffee grounds, tea bags, and diet pills containing caffeine out of your dog’s reach as a moderate intake of caffeine could kill a dog.
While many fruits, such as apples or pears, are good for a dog in moderate quantities, the pits and seeds of these fruits are extremely dangerous for dogs. The pits and seeds of most fruits contain a toxin called cyanide, which is poisonous to us as well as our dogs.
While grapes and raisins are perfectly healthy for humans, they are severely toxic to dogs. Even a few grapes or raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.
While the exact toxic mechanism in Macadamia nuts is still unknown, we do know that Macadamia nuts are moderately toxic to dogs. Eating Macadamia nuts can affect a dog’s nerve function, and cause severe lethargy, increased body temperature, vomiting, tremors, joint stiffness, and even the inability to walk. Macadamia nuts are definitely something a dog should never eat.
Both onions and garlic are moderately toxic to dogs. The ingestion of onions or garlic can cause nausea, oral irritation, drooling, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, pale gums, elevated heart rate, increased respiratory rate, weakness and exercise intolerance.
An artificial sweetener, Xylitol can be severely toxic to dogs, and can cause weakness, lethargy, vomiting, tremors, seizures, jaundice, malaise, black tar-like stool, coma, and even death in dogs. Xylitol is a popular sugar-free artificial sweetener found in gums, mints, puddings, and gelatin snacks. A product is likely to contain xylitol when it is said to be “sugar-free.” It is best to avoid giving your dog such products.
Unbaked yeast dough is considered to be mildly to severely toxic for dogs. It’s important to make sure that your dog never eats unbaked yeast dough as unbaked yeast dough is likely to expand in your dog’s belly resulting in a bloated stomach or even gastric-dilatation volvulus.