Saturday, April 18, 2009

Food that can be harmful to your dog

Onions or garlic: Contains Thiosulphate. Onions cause more damage

Chocolate: Contains Theobromine. Can be FATAL to dogs.

Grapes: Contains a unknown substance toxic to dogs. Causes damage to (canine) kidneys.

Raisins:Contains dried grapes. (See above)
Most fruit pits and seeds: Contains Cyanogenic Glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning – though the fruit itself is okay.

Macadamia Nuts: Contains a unknown substance toxic to dogs.

Bones : Can become lodged in ones throat and/or splinter digestive system. Basically a choking hazard. (Especially chicken or turkey bones)

Potato peelings or green potatoes: Contains Oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.

Rhubarb leaves: See above

Broccoli: Is only toxic in large amounts ( I don't blame them! Broccoli is GROSS!)

Green parts of tomatoes: Same reason as green potatoes. See 8.

Yeast Dough:Can produce gas and/or swell in your pets stomach, leading to rupture of the digestive system

Coffee, Coffee Grounds, Tea, and soft drinks : These can all be dangerous because of the caffeine

Moldy or spoiled foods: Do I really have to explain this one?

Human Vitamins: Emphasis on the HUMAN.

Persimmons: Can cause intestinal blockage

Raw eggs and raw fish : Can contain salmonella poisoning.

Salt, Baking soda, Baking powder: Blah blah blah ( a bunch of words no one knows what they mean) causes muscle spasms or congestive heart failure.

Mushrooms : May contain toxins that can cause liver or kidney damage

Sugar-free foods: Sugar-free foods containing Xylitol have been found to cause liver failure in some dogs.

Nutmeg: Can cause seizures and central nervous system damage.

Excessive fatty foods : Can cause Pancreatitis.

Avocado: All parts of the avocado or the avocado tree are toxic to dogs.

Dairy Products : Dairy products aren't usually to toxic but most dairy products contain high amounts of fat and some dogs (like humans) are lactose intolerant. Small amounts of cheese or yogurt are ok.

Remember that all dogs are made different. It depends on the size, breed, and dog on what is toxic to it and what is not. But one thing for sure is that its not worth the risk of losing your furry, 4-legged friend. There are some foods that are good for dogs like a little bit of yogurt (non-flavored) can help the digestive system. Or a few droplets of olive oil mixed in with their dog food can give them a glossier coat. But always consult your vet when introducing a new food to your pet, and watch carefully after feeding it to your pet to make sure there is no allergic reaction. Which could include scratching, biting, chewing or constant licking of the feet, etc. Just watch for unusual behavior. Happy tails! (ha lol)

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