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9 Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs

foods that are toxic to dogs

With the sad eyes and pleading whines, it’s hard to resist giving your pup a bite or two of your food. However, not all food is created for puppies, and certain ingredients can leave your fur baby with completely avoidable health complications. It’s okay to share your food with your pup, but only when you know it doesn’t include these nine pesky foods that are toxic to dogs:

  • Xylitol

    This artificial sweetener is found in sugar-free candy and gum, toothpaste, and even peanut butter. Xylitol causes a steep drop in blood sugar in dogs, potentially resulting in liver failure. Keep foods with this additive out of your pet’s reach and check the label before sharing a creamy spoonful of peanut butter with her.

  • Chocolate

    You’ve probably already heard that this sweet treat is not so sweet for your pup. The compound theobromine is the real culprit and holds responsibility for chocolate’s toxicity. Darker chocolate contains more theobromine, making it more harmful to your pet. Baker’s chocolate and semisweet dark are the most dangerous, while white chocolate is unlikely to cause poisoning at all.

  • Grapes & Raisins

    You love giving your dog fresh fruit but avoid grapes and raisins. Even a small number of grapes are toxic to dogs and can result in sudden kidney failure. Larger servings may produce fatal consequences.

  • Macadamia Nuts

    These nuts may be an unexpected addition to the list, but as few as six roasted or raw nuts can cause symptoms in your animal companion. Watch for fever and difficulty walking if your dog eats these.

  • Onions and Garlic

    Sliced, diced, roasted or powdered, these popular foods can cause problems for your pup. Given rarely, these ingredients don’t seem to be toxic to dogs but still cause inflammation and irritation along the digestive tract. Over time, even small servings of garlic, onions, leeks and chives build up in the blood stream and can interfere with red blood cells and circulation, causing anemia and weakness.

  • Caffeine

    While too much caffeine may give you the jitters and make your heart race, the effects of this common compound are even greater in your fur baby. Coffee, tea, soda and candy can all be toxic to dogs, and unused grounds and tea bags can cause life-threatening symptoms.

  • Alcohol

    Be careful with alcohol around your furry friends. Small amounts of strong alcohols can poison your pup and have fatal consequences.

  • Seeds & Pits

    We know not to eat seeds and pits from peaches, apricots and apples, but dogs don’t quite understand. Not only can these small kernels get stuck in the intestines, causing blockages and upsetting the GI tract, but in large amounts, they leave your pup at risk for cyanide toxicity.

  • Yeast Dough

    While it’s not exactly toxic to dogs, yeast dough expands in the stomach and can cause pain. It also produces alcohol as a by-product and may cause alcohol poisoning in your dog.

Pets are curious and sometimes get into things they shouldn’t, so if your pup accidentally gets into the pantry, it’s best to consult your veterinarian. If you have a garden, be sure to properly block it off, as many leaves and stems contain harmful compounds. Continuous vomiting and diarrhea are often the first signs that your pet has eaten something toxic to dogs, but you won’t want to wait it out. These symptoms can worsen quickly, and your pet may experience hypoglycemia, muscle weakness, heart, kidney, or liver disease, seizures and in some cases, death from eating these foods.  Cooking for your pup and sharing delicious food can be a bonding experience, but always do your research and be sure you’re giving him safe and healthy options. Pure Paws CBD Dog Biscuits are a delicious and safe treat that will spoil your pet and boost his overall health.

Sources

WebMD – Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

U.S. Food & Drug Administration – Xylitol and Your Dog: Danger, Paws Off

Pet Poison Helpline – Is Chocolate Poisonous To Dogs?

American Kennel Club – Are Grapes Bad For Dogs?

ASPCA – Animal Poison Control Alert: Macadamia Nuts are Toxic For Dogs

VCA Hospitals – Onions, Garlic, Chive and Leek Toxicity In Dogs

Pet Poison Helpline - Caffeine

PetMD – 6 Dangers of Stone Fruits for Dogs

Merck Vet Manual – Bread Dough