Poisonous Foods for Dogs

Foods your dog should never eat. When it comes to pets, most people treat them like their children. People buy special dog beds for their furry family members, sweaters to keep their dogs warm in the winter, and even share tidbits off of their dinner plates. While there’s nothing wrong with doing any of these things, human food must be kept to modest levels when it comes to your dog. Although most foods are safe, there are those that are considered to be bad for dogs.

Poisonous Foods for Dogs

Toxic foods for dogs

Here are ten foods that are bad for dogs and should never pass through your dog’s lips:

Dogs and Chocolate
Chocolate contains methylxanthine, a substance that is poisonous to dogs. You don’t have to rush your dog to the vet if it sneaks a Hershey’s Kiss off of the counter, but if your dog cleans up the baking chocolate that you spill, you should contact your vet immediately.

Can Dogs eat Avocados?
Avocados have gained popularity as of late. Unfortunately, avocados are toxic to dogs. It would take a large amount of avocado to be fatal to your dog, but even a slice could cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Dogs and Alcohol
What to do if… your dog drank alcohol? It affects pets in much the same way that it does humans. What you need to know is that it takes a much smaller amount of alcohol to be toxic to dogs. Alcohol can act as a poison for dogs in very small amounts and may even prove fatal.

Dogs and Bread Dough
There’s nothing wrong with your dog having a piece of bread, but there is something very wrong about your dog eating bread dough. Bread can continue to rise in the warm environment of your dog’s stomach, causing its intestines to rupture.

Macadamia Nuts and Dogs
Though not necessarily fatal, macadamia nuts are still bad news for dogs. Symptoms that include depression, vomiting and hyperthermia typically dissipate within 48 hours.

Are Grapes bad for Dogs?
Veterinarians aren’t quite sure why grapes and raisins are bad for dogs, but kidney problems are a very real possibility in dogs that ingest these foods.

Is Garlic bad for Dogs?
You’ll find garlic in many foods and supplements that you can buy for your dog. While these additives are generally not poisonous to dogs, it is highly suggested that you don’t give your dog any additional garlic. When purchasing dog food it is important to read the labels of pet food.

Xylitol dangers
This chemical is used as a sweetener in gum and candy. If your dog gets into your purse and eats your pack of sugar-free gum, you’ll need to see the veterinarian immediately. Xylitol is essentially bad for dogs, causing lethargy, loss of coordination, vomiting and, eventually, liver failure.

Is Milk bad for Dogs?
While milk is not necessarily toxic to dogs, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs that are lactose intolerant. If you notice that your dog’s stools loosen after eating dairy products or drinking milk, do your best to avoid dairy in the future.

Is Salt bad for Dogs? 
The next time you pull out the bag of chips and settle down to watch your favorite television show, resist the urge to share with your dog. Salt, in large quantities, can lead to sodium ion poisoning.

There’s nothing wrong with handing your dog a small morsel of your food now and again, but you should avoid the foods listed above at all times. If your pet ingests any food that is known to be toxic, call your veterinarian for medical advice immediately. Go here to learn about good nutrition for healthy pets. Many foods that are a savored treat for you are in fact toxic foods for dogs and cats, 5 Foods your cat should never eat.

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