foods harmful to dogs

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Here's a brief out-line containing foods harmful to your dog. Take a peek for the sake of your dogs health.

Some items are very obvious like chocolate, while others maybe might be found in a vegetable garden or an orchard. If your an avid gardener and have any worries about whats safe in the garden, our page on Toxic Plants may be helpful.

My dog will fly to the moon for a slice of apple, and is perfectly safe as long as there is no core or stem. Always lean to the side of safety, and educate yourself!

harmful effects
Alcoholic beverages
cause intoxication, coma, and death
apple stems, leaves and seeds
Baby food
can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to dogs
Bones/ fish,poultry,other meat sources
cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system
Cat food
too high in protein and fats
Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine
contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous systems
Citrus oil extracts
can cause vomiting
Fat trimmings
can cause pancreatitis
Grapes and raisins
unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys
unknown compound causes panting, increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death
Human vitamin supplements containing iron
can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys
Large amounts of liver
can cause Vitamin A toxicity, which affects muscles and bones
Macadamia nuts
contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle
Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate
Milk and other dairy products
some adult dogs and cats do not have sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in diarrhea
Moldy or spoiled food, garbage
can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs
can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death
Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder)
contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Garlic is less toxic than onions.
seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
Pits from peaches and plums
can cause obstruction of the digestive tract
Potato, rhubarb, and tomato leaves; potato and tomato stems
contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems
Raw eggs
contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella
Raw fish
can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death. More common if raw fish is fed regularly.
eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances
Sugary foods
can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus
Table scraps (in large amounts)
table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed
contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death
Yeast dough
can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.
Xylitol (artificial sweetener)
can cause liver failure.

Of course it's impossible to list future foods harmful to dogs, but this is a basic outline. If you believe your dog has ingested a food that may be harmful, contact a Vet.

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