There are a variety of foods in the world that are delicious, but just because we like them, doesn’t mean dogs should try them. The list of foods often varies based on breed, weight, and other contributing factors. We have made a list of the top five foods that are poisonous to all dogs. Whether you’re a new dog owner or doing some research for your peace of mind, we suggest you print this list or at least keep it nearby.
- CHOCOLATE: This food is talked about a lot. It is also a definite no-no for your furry little friend. Chocolate has caffeine, and that alone can cause some damage. Now if you add the theobromine and theophylline to the mix your pup can experience symptoms anywhere from panting and vomiting to diarrhea. In some cases, maybe all of these together and consequently damaging their heart and nervous systems.
- GRAPES and RAISINS: Most people are unaware that grapes and raisins can be toxic. As of today, the poisonous substance coming from grapes and raisins is still a mystery. What is known, however, is that they can cause great damage to the liver and kidney failure.
- NUTS: Almonds, pecans, and walnuts have high amounts of oils. These can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and in some breeds, it can create pancreatitis. Macadamia nuts are also dangerous; symptoms usually appear within 12 hours and have more risks than other nuts. They can cause depression, weakness, tremors, and hyperthermia.
- XYLITOL: This is a sweetener usually used in products like gum, candy, and some baked goods. Though humans have no reaction to xylitol, dogs, on the other hand, can experience vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination, and an increase in insulin. A small amount of Xylitol can be harmful, and your dog may have seizures, liver failure and in some cases death.
- YEAST: Just like yeast rises in bread, it can expand your dog’s belly. In some cases, just a bit of it can cause gas and discomfort for several hours. In others cases, yeast can expand the stomach and intestines causing them to twist or rupture. Too much yeast intake can turn into a trip to the vet.
There are other foods out there that are harmful to your dog but these are high on the list. We suggest that for your dog’s safety you give them dog food. It is designed to boosts and complements their dietary needs. We understand that pet care is a priority that is why our dog safety tips are always a click away.