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Dangerous Foods for Dogs

Common household foods that may be dangerous for dogsPotentially toxic items

How can you avoid dangerous foods for dogs to prevent harm to your dog? After all many of us love feeding our furry friends human foods and beverages.

In this case, knowledge of the types of foods or drinks to beware of and the amount that may affect your dog is crucial.

Since most dogs weigh less than adult humans, some foods are relatively safe as long as they're given in smaller doses. 

Other foods should be avoided entirely.

Make sure that all edible items are kept out of your dog's reach.

No matter how skilled your dog is at stealing food, you need to be smarter.

You might also have to train other members of your human family!

If you cannot make a direct suggestion, why not print and post the table below on your fridge.

Green tomato parts can be  toxic to dogsTomato stems, leaves and green fruit can hurt your dog if he or she eats them

Fresh and powdered onion and garlic, avocados and macadamia nuts are to be avoided

Some of the dangerous foods for dogs below have a fairly immediate effect (within 24 hours).

Other ingredients, such as onions, can have a cumulative effect over time.




Printable Table of Dangerous Foods for Dogs

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FOOD/BEVERAGE
Toxic Substance
SYMPTOMS TOXIC DOSE
ALCOHOL
ethanol
alcohol on breath, behavioral changes, staggering, slower respiration, increased urination, cardiac arrest, deathsmall amt, esp. for small dogs
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER
(Xylitol)
rapid blood sugar drop
lethargy, vomiting, losing coordinationunknown
More information
AVOCADOS (all parts)
persin
diarrhea, vomiting, fluid in heartpossibly small amount
BAKING CHOCOLATE/
COCOA POWDER (10 x more potent than milk chocolate)
theobromine and caffeine
hyperactivity, thirst, heart arrhythmias, seizures, coma 1 to 4 oz per 20 lbs of dog or 60gm to 120gm per 10 kg of dog
BAKING POWDER/
BAKING SODA
sodium bicarbonate and other leavening agents
congestive heart failure, muscle spasmslarge amounts
BREAD DOUGH/YEAST
fermenting yeast produces gas and alcohol
gassy, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, lethargy, depression, bloatunknown but guessing 1/4 to 1/2 cup per 10 lbs of dog
COFFEE/TEA/SODAS
caffeine
see Chocolateunknown, but there's no reason to give a dog any of these
COLD CUTS (e.g. bologna)
excess salt, sugar, preservatives leading to hypertension, diabetes
frequent urination, extra thirsty, high blood pressure given on a frequent basis
COOKED BONES
intestinal puncture or blockage
severe pain, vomiting
may require surgery
any size sharp piece
CORN COBS/POPCORN
intestinal blockage
severe pain, vomiting
may require surgery
one inch of corn cob, unknown on popcorn
COW HOOVES/
RAWHIDE CHEWS
choking
difficulty breathing, hackingany size piece
EGGS, RAW
avitin
salmonella
dulling of coatdaily amounts lead to problems with coat and increase risk of salmonella poisoning
FRIED/HIGH FAT FOODS
INCL. DAIRY
causes pancreatitis
Also see Pork Products
sudden violent vomiting, fatty diarrhea, hunching due to abdominal pain - often need IV & antibiotic treatmentone time medium amount or cumulative, esp certain smaller breeds
FRUIT PITS/SEEDS
cyanide
difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, hyperventilation, shocklarge amounts
GRAPES/RAISINS
kidney failuresmall dogs, any amount; large dogs, over 9 oz
MACADAMIA NUTS weakness or paralysis in hind legs-recover within a day or two1 oz per 20 lbs of dog
MUSHROOMS
wild or backyard
severe vomiting, seizures, death a very small amount
NUTMEG tremors, seizures, deathlarge amount
ONION/ONION POWDER/
GARLIC/CHIVES (less toxic)
thiosulphate-causes hemolytic anemia
vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, red pigment in urine1 small onion (600-800g) per 10 lbs of dog eaten at a single meal, 1 tbsp onion or 1 tsp garlic daily
PORK PRODUCTS
INCLUDING
BACON &
HOT DOGS
acute pancreatitis
hemorraghic gastroenteritis
This always requires IV therapy to save your dog's life.
Comet's bout with this was $1,000 for 24 hours of vet care.
some dogs have a very hard time with even small amounts;
middle aged dogs are more susceptible. See ** below.
SPOILED OR MOLDY FOODdiarrhea, vomiting, shockany amount can be toxic
SUGAR/CORN SYRUP
can cause diabetes
increased thirst, frequent urinationcumulative over time
TOBACCO drooling, muscle weakness, vomiting, comasmall amount
TOMATOES (mostly leaves & stems or green tomatoes)tremors, arrhythmiasunknown

My sources for information on dangerous foods for dogs included:

**http://www.swiftwaterfarms.com/swiftwater/p21Pancreatitis.htm

http://www.petplace.com/cats/dangerous-foods-are-they-harmful-to-your-cat/page1.aspx

http://allaboutshitzus.blogspot.com/2007/04/dangerous-food-for-dogs.html

http://www.petalia.com.au/Templates/StoryTemplate_Process.cfm?specie=Dogs&story_no=257

http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Foods-Dangerous-for-Your-Dog


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