What are the foods that could be dangerous for dogs?

Although it’s tempting to share our favorite treats with our canine partners, just because something is good for us doesn’t mean it’s good for them. Many foods that humans digest easily, such as fruits and vegetables, will wreak havoc on a dog’s body, causing serious health problems.

Some foods that people consume, on the other hand, can be safely incorporated into a dog’s diet and also provide health benefits such as joint strength, improved breath, and allergy immunity. However, before you feed your dog foods that you enjoy, read on to find out the foods are healthy and which will take your dog to the emergency vet. Always keep in mind that even healthy foods given in abundance can contribute to obesity in dogs.

Onions are poisonous to dogs in all types, fresh, fried, dried, and powdered, except when used as an ingredient in soups and casseroles. Since it’s uncertain how much should be ingested, it’s better to avoid them altogether if you’re feeding your dog leftovers.

Some people use garlic as a natural flea repellent, but it has a cumulative effect and can be poisonous. Haemolytic anemia, or the loss of red blood cells, is caused by onions and garlic. Pale gums, vomiting, diarrhoea, blood in the urine, rapid heartbeat, fatigue, and lethargy are all symptoms that necessitate immediate veterinary care.

Chocolate is very palatable to dogs, however it can be fatal. Chocolate and cocoa contain theobromide, a chemical that adversely affects the heart, lungs, kidney and central nervous system. Urgent veterinary attention is required if your dog eats chocolate because as little as 50 grams can poison a small dog.

Grapes are enjoyed by most dogs, but a few types are poisonous to small dogs. Vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, and a stumbling gait are all signs of eating dried grapes (raisins and sultanas).

Caffeine has been shown to damage a dog’s heart, lungs, kidneys, and central nervous system. Panting, fatigue, staggering gait, elevated heart rate, tremors, and convulsions are the first symptoms of toxicity, accompanied by restlessness, hyperactivity, and vomiting. Soft drinks, coffee beans, coffee grounds, and coffee drinks, as well as massive quantities of tea, all contain caffeine.

In dogs, xylitol, a popular sugar-free sweetener, may have severe side effects. It causes hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and can also cause serious liver damage by inducing the pancreas to secrete insulin. Within 30 minutes of intake, fatigue, a stumbling gait, collapse, and seizures will occur. If these signs appear, seek immediate veterinary help.

The poison cyanide can be found in macadamia nuts, apple seeds, cherry pips, and peach, apricot, and plum stones. Dogs should not be fed rotten or moldy food because it can cause stomach problems, as well as botulism or salmonella, which can be fatal. If it isn’t fit for human consumption, don’t feed it to your dog.

Check out my related post: Why do dogs eat poop?


Interesting reads:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-foods-fatal-to-dogs

https://www.vets-now.com/2017/01/foods-poisonous-to-dogs/

https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/foods-can-be-poisonous-pets

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/human-foods-dogs-can-and-cant-eat/

https://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/5504-bad-foods-for-dogs-list

https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/ss/slideshow-foods-your-dog-should-never-eat

https://www.hillspet.com/dog-care/nutrition-feeding/toxic-foods-for-dogs

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets

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