Keeping Fido Healthy: Dangerous People Foods for Dogs
In our previous post, Feeding Fido: Safe People Food for Dogs, we gave a short list of what is -and is not- safe for your precious pooch to eat. This additional list of unsafe people foods for dogs is another quick reference of what to keep out of Fido's reach. These foods can make your pup very sick and many are toxic. Being diligent of what you have in front of your pup will keep them healthy and happy as well as give you peace of mind when you leave them alone in the house.
Alcohol // This should be obvious given the effects it has on adults. If consumed, your dog will experience weakness, vomiting and low blood pressure. It can even cause coma and death.
Apple, Apricot, Cherry and Plum Seeds or Pits // The problem with these fruits is the inside pits or seeds. They contain cyanide which enables the red blood cells to properly carry oxygen to cells. This causes vomiting, irregular and fast heartbeat, seizures, coma and even death.
Avocado // These have a toxic compound called Persin that causes vomiting and diarrhea.
Broccoli // This vegetable is dangerous in large doses but should still be avoided. It contains isothiocyanate.
Caffeine // The methylxanthines in caffeinated foods cause potentially fatal diarrhea, vomiting, seizures and irregular heart beats.
Chives // This is dangerous to both dogs and cats as they may cause anemia.
Chocolate // This is dangerous for the same reasons as caffeine with the same effects of potentially fatal diarrhea, vomiting, seizures and irregular heart beats.
Garlic // This is dangerous to both dogs and cats as they may cause anemia
Grapes and Raisins // This fruit has the potential to cause fatal kidney failure.
Ham // The fat content of this meat may cause pancreatitis.
Macadamia Nuts // Although it is unknown why, this nut causes vomiting, weakness, joint pain and inflammation.
Milk & Dairy Products // Though not fatal, these foods may cause diarrhea and gas if your dog is lactose intolerant.
Mushrooms // May cause kidney and liver failure, vomiting, diarrhea, hallucination and damage to red blood cells. Although this only pertains to certain varieties, it is best to avoid all to be safe.
Nutmeg // This spice may cause hallucinations and severe vomiting.
Onions // This vegetable has the potential to cause fatal oxidation of red blood cells leading to anemia.
Salt // This includes rock salt and homemade playdough as excessive amounts can cause tremors, seizures and coma.
Spicy Food // Increasing the spices of any dish your dog may get into has the potential to cause vomiting, stomach ulcers or diarrhea.
Sugar-Free Gum & Candy (Xylitol) // This chemical causes a potentially fatal drop in blood sugar followed by severe liver damage.
Tobacco // Nicotine will cause excitement leading to vomiting and tremors that are usually followed by fatal paralysis.
Yeast Dough // Yeast will create a buildup of gas in a pet’s stomach, leading to severe pain and life threatening torsion or rupture of the stomach.
Infographic and food information via www.petsbest.com.