As a dog owner, you protect your dog like any other member of your family. Dogs put their mouths everywhere and some will eat just about anything! It’s important to know which of your household foods is poisonous to dogs. Find out below!
Chocolate contains theobromine which is an alkaloid found in the cacao plant. Theobromine is toxic to dogs and could cause kidney failure. Dark chocolate has a higher concentration of theobromine whilst white chocolate has the lowest.
2. Garlic, Chives & Onions
The above ingredients are fairly common in most households. But did you know garlic, chives and onions are bad for your dog? No matter their form (powdered, raw or cooked) these foods are harmful to your dog.
They could damage your dog’s red blood cells resulting in anaemia. Garlic, chives and onions may also cause irritation to the gastrointestinal system.
3. Raisins, Currants, Sultanas & Grapes
Grapes, sultanas, currants and raisins are part of the Vitis Vinifera fruit family. These fruits can cause kidney and liver failure in dogs. Especially in dried form. It isn’t yet known which ingredient is responsible for the poisoning.
4. Corn on the Cob
Sweetcorn is a great source of carbohydrates for dogs however it must be off the cob. Intact corn on the cob is damaging to your dog’s stomach and intestines. The pieces are larger making them more difficult to digest and could lead to blockages.
Some owners are tempted to give their dogs a little bit of alcohol during the festive season! But even in small amounts alcohol can be seriously damaging to your dog. They may experience diarrhoea, vomiting and in the worst-case scenario, damage to the central nervous system.
6. Macadamia Nuts
Like grapes and raisins, the exact toxic ingredient in macadamia nuts isn’t known. If your dog ingests these nuts watch out for weakness, especially in their hind limbs. Other symptoms of illness include diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and lethargy.
7. Xylitol (Artificial Sweetner)
Xylitol is typically found in sweets but is also seen in a variety of other products. If ingested this could cause blood sugar levels to plummet resulting in weakness, lethargy and vomiting. In a worst-case scenario, xylitol poisoning will cause liver failure and even death.
Avocados have quickly become a breakfast and brunch favourite in Britain! But this healthy human food isn’t so great for your dog. Whilst the Persin ingredient isn’t ideal for your dog, it rarely causes issues. The problem is the pip! Even a small part of the pip can cause a blockage if swallowed.
9. Cooked Bones
Raw bones are great for your dog and provide multiple benefits. Cooked bones however are highly dangerous. They can splinter in your dog’s throat and could cause constipation. The bone shards may also result in a perforated bowel.
Dogs are more sensitive to caffeine than humans. If ingested this could cause toxicosis. A few licks of your coffee won’t cause immense harm to your dog. But do be careful of other products around your home that contain caffeine. Symptoms include hyperactivity, panting, restlessness, and vomiting.
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