Sunday, January 2, 2011

Foods Dangerous to Dogs

    Being a new owner of a young pup, I just wanted to take a moment to remind people about all of the foods that are dangerous to dogs. Most people are familiar with chocolate, but there are so many other things from which you need to protect your family dog.

    Here is a list provided by peteducation.com. However, in addition to this list are a few things that I don't see listed on it. Pantry items such as baking powder and baking soda are toxic. Also spices like nutmeg. And I have also seen mentioned that they shouldn't eat raw potatoes or potato plants, and when feeding them fruits as a treat, be sure to remove seeds, stems and leaves and such.

    NOTE: A friend mentioned itching caused by food, and I thought that I would mention that as well. If your dog has a problem with itching not caused by fleas, look at his diet. The number one cause is corn. Go with a high-end dog food that doesn't contain corn, and see whether that resolves the issue. If the itching continues, try eliminating wheat, and then the last two contributors are chicken and beef. My dog is on a lamb and rice food that contains no corn or wheat to help alleviate his itching (FYI: The food he is on is Nutra's Lamb and Rice for puppies.)

    Items to avoid Reasons to avoid
    Alcoholic beverages Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
    Avocado The leaves, seeds, fruit, and bark contain persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
    Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
    Cat food Generally too high in protein and fats.
    Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous systems.
    Citrus oil extracts Can cause vomiting.
    Fat trimmings Can cause pancreatitis.
    Fish (raw, canned or cooked) If fed exclusively or in high amounts can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death.
    Grapes, raisins and currants Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. There have been no problems associated with grape seed extract.
    Hops Unknown compound causes panting, increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death.
    Human vitamin supplements containing iron Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.
    Macadamia nuts Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
    Marijuana Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.
    Milk and other dairy products Some adult dogs and cats may develop diarrhea if given large amounts of dairy products.
    Moldy or spoiled food, garbage Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.
    Mushrooms Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.
    Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.
    Persimmons Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
    Pits from peaches and plums Can cause obstruction of the digestive tract.
    Raw eggs Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.
    Raw meat May contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
    Rhubarb leaves Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
    Salt If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.
    String Can become trapped in the digestive system; called a "string foreign body."
    Sugary foods Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.
    Table scraps (in large amounts) Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.
    Tobacco Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.
    Yeast dough Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.
    Xylitol (artificial sweetener) Can cause very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which can result in vomiting, weakness and collapse. In high doses can cause liver failure.

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