Spike Says: Dangerous Foods For Dogs

9 12 2008

Be careful of the following, as they can bring harm to your friend.

  • CHOCOLATE Theobromine is the culprit. It causes rapid heart beat, vomiting and seizures. Dark chocolate is very toxic.
  • ONIONS & GARLIC May cause a severe form of anemia
  • CAT FOOD Can cause pancreatitis. Cat food has too much fat and protein for dogs
  • MUSHROOMS Contains too many toxins to name and can cause vital organs to shut down
  • AVOCADO Every part of the avocado is toxic. It can cause oxygen deprivation
  • GRAPES & RAISINS May cause kidney failure
  • NUTS Walnuts and macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs. Can cause pancreatitis
  • RHUBARB, POTATOES & TOMATOES May trigger problems in the digestive tract
  • ALCOHOL Can cause liver failure

Some other things to look out for:

  • Raw fish
  • Tobacco
  • Marijuana
  • Candy
  • Gum
  • Yeast
  • Eggs

If you think that your dog has been exposed to any of these things, call the poison control line of the ASPCA at 1-888-426-4435.

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2 responses

9 12 2008
YesBiscuit!

My dogs LOVE avocadoes. In fact, I just fed one this morning! They’ve eaten them for years with no ill effects. Charlie loves them so much that he will eat the skin and pit from the trash bin (he never raids the trash otherwise) so I learned to always tie the skin/pit up in a used plastic bag and toss them in the outside bin. I feed some of the other foods on the list regularly as well, most commonly eggs and potatoes although healthy table scraps of all kinds get tossed into the dog bowls.

9 12 2008
Caveat

I’m surprised to see eggs on your watchlist, since they are almost the perfect food for dogs – not the raw whites, though. Some people even feed the shells for calcium.

My dogs eat as many of my homegrown tomatoes as they can steal with no ill effects. I did have one dog once who didn’t react well to them but overall, they seem fine.

Raw fish is fine, as long as it’s fresh, although I cook the fish I feed my dogs to be on the safe side.

The artificial sweeteneer Xylitol (often found in gum and candies) is toxic to dogs, you might add it to your list.

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