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Foods Not Safe for Dogs

Are some ingredients toxic dangers for my pet?
Knowing the basic harmful ingredients to avoid will save you heartache ...
If you love to cook chances are you have created a few meals on the fly, tossing in ingredients or spices as inspiration enlightens in the moment. Which can be great when creating a healthy family dish ... and also can be potentially harmful if creating a meal for your pup. There are many common groceries that affect canines very differently than you and me.

Foods to Avoid:
Intentionally or unintentionally these foods should never be fed to dogs. Some of these will seem obvious, however, even if they are not on your recipe list but are in your possession, make sure they are 100% out of your canine's reach. If your pet does have digestion problems there are specific medicines to help.
In the wake of recent pet food recalls, many dog owners have resorted to cooking for their dogs. A homemade diet is one way to know exactly what you are feeding your best friend. However, not all human foods are good for dogs. If you are cooking for your dog or just sharing a snack, make sure hes not getting something that can cause illness or death.
 
Alcoholic beverages: Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.  At parties, don't let anyone offer your dog a 'drink'.
 
Apple cores and seeds: are highly toxic to dogs. Only use the fruit and skin.
 
Avocado: contain persin which can cause digestive upsets and heart problems.

Baby Food: Can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to dogs. (Please see onion below.) Can also result in nutritional deficiencies, if fed in large amounts.

Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources: May splinter and puncture or obstruct the digestive tract.

Broccoli in large amounts can cause illness in dogs

Cat food: Generally too high in protein and fats.
 
Citrus oil extracts: Can cause vomiting

Chocolate, coffee and tea all contain stimulants that cause abnormal heartbeat, seizures and death in dogs. Chocolate is especially dangerous for dogs.

Corn on the cob is dangerous. Even though the corn will be digested, chunks of cob may obstruct the digestive tract
Fat trimmings: Can cause pancreatitis.
 
Grapes and raisins contain an unknown substance that causes kidney failure in dogs.
 
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. If you want to give your dog vitamins, I commend you! But ensure that the vitamins you are giving are created for dogs.
 
Liver in large amounts can cause Vitamin A toxicity.

Macadamia nuts contain an unidentified toxin that causes weakness, tremors, panting and swelling in the legs.

Marijuana: Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.

Milk is difficult for some dogs to digest effectively, which leads to G.I. upsets.  Some adult dogs and cats do not have sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in diarrhea. Lactose-free milk products are available for pets.

Moldy or spoiled food, garbage: Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.

Mushrooms and molds can be toxic to dogs. Some varieties are more toxic than others. Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death

Nutmeg is a seasoning that causes tremors, seizures, and death in dogs.

Onions and garlic, (raw, cooked, or powder)  contain thiosulphate which can cause digestive upsets, hemolytic anemia, and death. Onions contain more of the toxin than garlic does.

Persimmons: Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
 
Pits from peaches and plums: Can cause obstruction of the digestive tract.

Potato, rhubarb, and tomato leaves; potato and tomato stems: Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems. This is more of a problem in livestock. However - this means no more potato chips or french fries!
Raw egg whites contain avidin which causes B vitamin deficiency, skin problems and skeletal deformities Raw eggs can also harbor salmonella or e.coli.  This can lead to skin and hair coat problems.
 
Raw fish, especially salmon, may contain parasites that are dangerous for dogs.  Can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death. More common if raw fish is fed regularly.
 
Salt: If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances
 
Seeds and fruit pits can cause choking or intestinal blockages and some contain cyanide which is toxic to dogs.

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.
Walnuts may have a fungus or mold which causes drooling, jaundice, lack of coordination, and vomiting.

Xylitol causes an insulin reaction in dogs which can lead to liver failure within a few days. Its found in many candies, gums, toothpastes, and pastries.
Yeast dough: Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines
 
Greasy, fatty table scraps can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas caused when too much digestive enzyme is produced. Affected dogs may have bloody vomit or diarrhea and suffer dehydration and even death.

Human Snacks shared with your dog need to be checked for hidden ingredients. Some foods such as cookies, gravies, and even some baby foods, can contain chocolate, nuts, onions, excessive salt or sugar, or other items dangerous for dogs. Keeping garbage cans secured is a good idea too.

Pennies are another danger to dogs worth mentioning. Those dated after 1981 are made from zinc with a thin copper coating. A dog swallowing just one of these pennies can suffer damage to red blood cells and kidney failure, due to zinc poisoning.

If you suspect your dog has consumed something toxic, call your vet right away. Hesitation can prove fatal.

Most doting dog owners, especially children, love to share snacks with their best friend but these should be healthful foods, approved by a veterinarian. A little awareness and caution can prevent a tragedy.

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