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Human Foods that are Toxic to Dogs

Posted by vzenner on August 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Human Foods that are Toxic to Dogs

Foods that we like as humans can be poisonous for our canine companions. Here is a list of common human foods that are toxic to our dogs. When in doubt, always check with your vet!

Onions - (cats are more sensitive) - Both onions and garlic contain the toxic ingredient Thiosulphate. But onions are more of a danger. Many dog biscuits contain "small" amounts of garlic - garlic contains less of this toxin so huge amounts would need to be consumed to be toxic. This poison builds up the system - it can be toxic in one large dose - or with repeated consumption of small amounts. Onions cause gastrointestinal upset, hemolytic anemia, heinz body anemia, hemogloinria, destroys red blood cells.

Chocolate - Chocolate contains Theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic. This can be fatal to dogs. Seizures, coma, hyperactivity, rapid heartbeat, tremors, death. Baker’s chocolate is the most dangerous. A dog can consume milk chocolate and appear to be fine because it is not as concentrated but is still very dangerous.

• 1 oz per lb of body weight for (2 oz per kg) of body weight for bakers chocolate• 1 oz per 3 lbs of body weight (1 oz per 1.5 kg body weight) for semi-sweet chocolate• 1 oz per 9lbs of body weight (1 oz per 4 kg) for bakers chocolate• Please keep in mind that these are only guidelines, and if you suspect your pet had ingested chocolate, please keep an eye out for ANY signs of poisoning! Every dog reacts differently to quantity.

Apple, Almond, Apricot, Peach, Wild Cherries, Plum, Balsam Pear, Prunes and similar fruit - diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, (stem, seeds and leaves). The seeds of most fruits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs as well as humans.

Cherry - Rapid breathing, shock, mouth inflammation, heart rate increase.

Grapes & Raisons - Grapes are dangerous because of an unknown substance which is toxic to dogs - affects canine's kidneys. Kidney failure, as little as a single serving of grapes or raisins can kill a dog. It takes anywhere from 9 ox to 2lbs of grapes and raisins (between .041 and 1.1ozékg of body weight), to cause severe vomiting and diarrhea, and possible kidney failure.

Macadamia Nuts - Macadamia nuts contain an unknown substance that is toxic to dogs.

Most Bones - should "not" be given (especially chicken bones) because they can splinter and cause laceration of the digestive system and/or become lodged in your pet's throat - so they also pose a choking hazard.

Potato Peelings & Green Potatoes & Rhubarb leaves - Contain Oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous and urinary systems.

Broccoli - broccoli is only toxic in large quantities.

Green parts of Tomatoes or Green Potatoes - Contains oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.

Yeast Dough - Yeast dough can produce gas and swell in your pet's stomach - leading to rupture of the digestive system.

Coffee/Coffee Grounds & Tea - are dangerous due to the caffeine. They may cause the same symptoms chocolate causes.

Beer/Wine/Alcohol of any kind - Alcohol of any kind could lead to coma or even death.

Human Vitamins - human vitamins, especially those containing iron, can cause damage to the lining of the digestive system as well as cause kidney and liver damage.

Moldy or Soiled Food - though I think this goes without saying - but there is a bacteria in the mold that could lead to death.

Persimmons - persimmons can cause intestinal blockage

Raw Eggs & Raw Fish - raw eggs and some raw fish can cause Salmonella poisoning.

Salt, Baking Soda, Baking Powder - In large amounts these can cause an electrolyte imbalance - and severe electrolyte imbalances can lead to muscle spasm or congestive heart failure and kidney problems.

Mushrooms - mushrooms may contain toxins which could cause Acute gastric effects, liver and kidney damage, abdominal pain, nausea, salivation, vomiting.

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

Nutmeg - nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures and central nervous system damage.

Tobacco - nausea, salivation, vomiting, tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)

Excessive Fatty Foods - Excess fatty foods can cause Pancreatitis.

Avocado - all parts of the avocado and avocado tree are toxic to dogs. They can cause difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart.

Dairy Products - dairy products don’t usually pose a great danger; but many dairy products have high fat content and many pets are lactose intolerant - some pets more than others. Lactose intolerance leads to gas and diarrhea; though small amounts of yogurt and cheese are usually fairly well tolerated.

Apple, Almond, Apricot, Peach, Wild Cherries, Plum, Balsam Pear, Prunes and similar fruit: Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, (Stem, Seeds and Leaves). The seeds of most fruits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs as well as humans.

Keep these toxic foods in mind when cooking for your dog. And always ask your vet when in doubt about anything concerning your pet.

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