Dangerous Foods for Dogs

| June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Wood, while not poisonous, is not highly recommended.


Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers had the dubious distinction of being among the top 10 dog breeds accounting for the most calls to the Pet Poison helpline in 2011. Could it be their curiosity and love of food that got them there? We all enjoy sharing treats with our canine companions, but there are some foods that should not be given to your dog. Here is a list of foods that can be dangerous to your dog’s health.

1. Alcohol – Many pet owners are unaware that the ethanol in alcohol can be toxic to their dogs. Symptoms of alcohol toxicity can include: lethargy, weakness, panting and behavioral changes.

2. Caffeine – Coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverages can be harmful to your dog. Restlessness, vomiting, tremors, seizure and collapse are all symptoms of caffeine poisoning.

3. Macadamia Nuts – The exact toxin in macadamia nuts is unknown. Symptoms of poisoning range from vomiting, tremors and weakness, to the inability to walk.

4. Onions – Both cooked and raw onions can be poisonous to dogs. Symptoms of onion toxicity include: nausea and vomiting, lethargy, weakness and collapse.

5. Grapes and raisins – Consumption of grapes and raisins has been known to cause renal failure in some dogs. Listlessness and weakness, vomiting and diarrhea are all symptoms of renal failure.

6. Chocolate -Theobromine in chocolate can be toxic to dogs. Vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and seizures can all result from theobromine toxicity.

7. Xylitol – This sugar substitute can be found in toothpaste, sugar free candies and gum. Ingestion of xylitol can cause dangerously low blood sugar and even liver failure in dogs.

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Jill Scully

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Jill is mom to three retrievers. Krypto (a black lab mix) is very laid back & only gets excited when it’s time to eat. Ripley (a pure bred golden retriever) is the typical happy, always “ready to play” golden. Boomer (a golden retriever/English setter) is the baby of the group. He loves to go for rides in the car and follows Jill from room to room around the house.

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