There are a number of human foods that are dangerous for pets. These foods may seem tasty to your pet, but can be toxic or even deadly if eaten. As tempting as it is to offer your dog food from the table, it’s best to avoid giving them human food unless recommended by your veterinarian.
If you suspect your dog has eaten a dangerous food item, contact your veterinarian right away. Take a look at these 10 foods that can be toxic or dangerous for your furry friend.
10 Of The Most Dangerous Foods For Dogs
While it might be tempting to offer your four legged friend some of your food, it’s important to remember many human foods can cause serious health problems, stomach upsets, diarrhea and in some cases death.
If you suspect your dog has eaten a dangerous food, contact your veterinarian immediately. In many cases early recognition and treatment are critical.
Milk and Other Dairy Products
It can be tempting on a hot day to offer your dog some of your ice cream, but milk and other dairy products can cause diarrhea, food allergies and other digestive upset.
Coffee, Tea and Other Caffeine
Caffeine ingested in large amounts can be fatal for dogs. There is no antidote. Symptoms can include rapid breathing, restlessness, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits and bleeding. Be mindful of coffee beans and grounds. Caffeine can also be found in cold medicines, pain killers, chocolate, cocoa, colas, and drinks such as Red Bull.
This sugar free sweetner found in chewing gum, candy, toothpaste, baked goods and some diet foods can result in low blood sugar, liver failure, seizures and death, if ingested even in small amounts.
Beer, liquor, wine, or foods containing alcohol should be avoided. Alcohol has the same effect on a dogs liver and brain as it does on humans, but it takes a lot less to effect them. A little alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, problems with coordination, difficulty breathing, coma, and even death.
Grapes and Raisons
While some dogs seem to be O.K. after eating grapes, its best to avoid them as they are known to cause acute kidney failure in dogs.
Macadamia nuts contain a toxin that may inhibit locomotory activities in your dog. Symptoms can include depression, drunken gait, joint and muscle pain, joint swelling, vomiting and weakness.
Garlic and Onions
Garlic and onions contain disulfides and sulfoxides, both can cause anemia and damage to red blood cells. Symptoms may not appear for three to four days after ingestion. Dogs may seem weak or reluctant to move.
While this fruit is very healthy for humans, it contains a substance called persin which is highly toxic in dogs, and most animals. One bite could cause stomach pains, vomiting and diarrhea
Raw Meat and Fish
Raw meat and raw fish can contain a bacteria that causes food poisoning. Certain types of fish such as salmon, trout and sturgeon may contain a parasite that can cause disease or poisoning. If not treated it can be fatal within two weeks. Symptoms may include vomiting, fever, and enlarged lymph nodes. Throughly cooking fish kills the parasite.
The chocolate we eat contains theobromine which can be deadly for dogs. The darker the chocolate the more theobromine it contains. Toxic doses will vary depending on the size of the dog and the cocoa solid content of the chocolate.