Today, I am going to discuss foods dangerous for dogs. Some of them are toxic, and some simply unhealthy.
Chocolate in large doses is toxic to dogs, and can cause tremors and heart arrythmias. But chocolate in any dose, even a single Oreo cookie, is junk food and not healthy for dogs.
As little as an ounce or two of macadamia nuts can cause temporary paralysis in dogs.
Tomatoes and Tomato Plants
These contain atropine, which can cause dilated pupils, tremors, and heart arrythmias.
Onions and Garlic
Eating large amounts of them can case hemolytic anemia.
Grapes and Raisins
For unknown reasons, eating grapes or raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.
Any Food That Has Mold On It Or Is Even Slightly Spoiled
Dogs can get severe food poisoning from moldy or spoiled food. The consequences can include persistent vomiting, diarrhea, or even shock or death. Remember, any food that’s not fresh enough for you to eat isn’t fresh enough for your dog either.
Raw Meat, Raw Bones, and Cooked Bones
Some vets advocate feeding these to dogs, but others say don’t, because they can make dogs sick.
Cookies, Cake, Ice Cream, and Candy
These have zero nutritional value, make dogs fat, and may make them vomit or have diarrhea.
Sugarless Gum, Candy, Desserts, or Toothpaste Sweetened With Xylital
Even small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia, seizures, or liver disease in dogs.
Fried, Greasy, or Fatty Foods
High fat foods can trigger pancreatitis in dogs.
Beer or Other Alcoholic Beverages
Giving alcohol to dogs is bad for a dog’s organs.
Corncobs, Peach Pits, Apple Cores, and The Like
Never underestimate a dog’s ability to swallow things whole and have them get stuck somewhere in the digestive tract.
Foods Safe For Most Dogs
-Cooked lean meat, fish, and eggs.
-Raw or cooked vegetables and fruits other than those on the “dangerous” list above. But remember that not all dogs can tolerate all fruits and vegetables, so eliminate any that give your dog an upset stomach.
-Rice and other cooked grains.
-Plain low fat yogurt.
-Small amounts of bread. But remember that bread carries carbohydrates and very little else, so it’s not a particularly healthful addition to a dog’s diet.
The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook by Betsy Brevitz, D.V.M.