14 foods that are not safe for dogs

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While sometimes we assume dogs can eat whatever we eat, it’s just not the case. Some foods that you probably have had this week are harmful or even deadly for canines. Here is a list that we researched from the ASPCA, and some of them may surprise you… (always check with your Veterinarian if you have any questions about a new food for your dog, or if your dog is showing signs of poisoning or pain)

  1. avocadoAvocado – This one surprised us, but avocados contain Persin, which can cause gastrointestinal problems in dogs, and apparently even death!
  2. Chocolate – A lot of us have heard this, and a lot of us have seen our dog sneak a bit of a chocolate cookie or cake without issue, but it’s the methylxanthines in chocolate (particularly dark chocolate), that can cause cardiac problems, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, tremors and again even death.
  3. Caffeine/Coffee – Similar to chocolate, it’s the methylxanthines, and the dangers appear to be the same as chocolate.
  4. Grapes (and their dried counterpart, raisins) – The toxin is not known, but grapes and raisins can cause vomiting and acute kidney failure (and thus death)
  5. Onions and Garlic – Again this surprised us, but both apparently can cause gastrointestinal problems and red blood cell damage.
  6. Macadamia Nuts – The specific toxin is unknown, but macadamia nuts can cause vomiting, weakness, tremors and more.
  7. Alcohol – C’mon, just don’t give your dog alcohol (or any other non-veterinarian-prescribed drugs)
  8. Milk – This surprised us considering puppies nurse, but apparently dogs can not break down lactose well and ingestion can lead to gastrointestinal problems.
  9. Yeast dough – Uncooked yeast dough can expand in the dogs stomach and intestine causing problems.
  10. Brittle bones – The danger here is that bones (especially smaller or cooked ones) can splinter, causing choking or damage to the dogs throat or gastrointestinal tract.
  11. Raw meat and eggs – The worry here seems to be the same as for humans… bacteria including Salmonella and E Coli. Your dog is not a wild wolf and it may actually be safer for a wolf to eat some wild raw prey than the processed meat that we get raw.
  12. Salt – In large amounts salt can reportedly cause all sorts of problems for dogs including vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, and yes, death.
  13. Xylitol – Found in gum and candy, Xylitol can supposedly cause vomiting, lethargy, coordination problems, and even death through liver failure (from the release of insulin).
  14. Seeds from peaches, plums, avocados, etc  – The main risk here is choking and gastrointestinal blockage, because your dog may not know that he/she is not supposed to eat the seeds.

For more info check the ASPCA.

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