As a dog lover, you’re probably interested in your canine’s diet. Most pet owners understand chocolate is a no-no for their four-legged family member, but that’s it. Unfortunately, besides this sweet, there are other harmful edibles. Get the facts and know what not to feed your dog.
Twelve dangerous foods for dogs:
- Alcohol. Alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, mixes) should never be given to dogs. They cause intoxication resulting in a loss of coordination or vomiting and in severe cases comas, seizures and death.
- Tomatoes. These fruits contain atropine. In dogs, this alkaloid causes dilated pupils, tremors and heart arrhythmias.
- Raw bones. Bones can get stuck in a dogs throat or splinter and do internal damage. (Read: Raw Bones or Cooked Bones . . . Are Either Safe For Dogs?)
- Moldy foods. Dogs can get severe food poisoning from moldy or spoiled food. The consequences are persistent vomiting, diarrhea, shock and/or death.
- Grapes and raisins. They can cause kidney failure in dogs.
- Peaches, apples, corn on the cob. Foods like these can be swallowed whole by dogs and get stuck in their digestive tract.
- Foods sweetened with xylitol. Xylitol is a sweetener for sugarless gum, candy, desserts and toothpaste. In dogs, it can cause hypoglycemia, seizures or liver disease.
- Candy, cookies, cakes. These sweet treats upset a dog’s digestive system causing him to vomit or have diarrhea.
- Onions and garlic. If eaten in large quantities, they can cause hemolytic anemia.
- Macadamia nuts. An ounce or two of this legume can cause paralysis in dogs.
- Fatty foods. Greasy or fried edibles can trigger pancreatic in dogs. How? Overweight dogs are more likely to have an inflamed pancreas.
- Chocolate. In large dose, chocolate can cause tremors and heart arrhythmias in dogs.
The above twelve dangerous foods for dogs can lower your animal’s quality of life over even end it. Use common sense and stick to the basics when feeding your dog. Either go with a store bought dog food or a homemade diet recommended by a vet.
(3) Complete Healthy Dog Handbook by Betsy Brevitz, D.V.M.