Dangerous Foods for Dogs

Ran out of Distinctive Dog healthy dog treats? Be careful what you provide from the fridge. Many healthy treats for humans are toxic for your dog. This is not an all inclusive list of human foods possibly dangerous to your dog, so be careful with all human foods.

Avocado – Avocados contain a substance called persin. Large amounts of persin can be toxic to dogs. So avoid providing guacamole. In addition, persin is found in the leaves and bark of the avocado plant so keep your dogs away if you happen to grow avocados in the garden.

Onions and garlic – Onions and garlic in moderate quantities can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and breathlessness.

Caffeine – Caffeine in large enough quantities can be fatal for a dog. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits, and bleeding. There is also no cure for caffeine poisoning.

Grapes and raisins – Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. Vomiting is an early sign. After a day, your dog will become lethargic and depressed. Even small amounts can make your dog ill.

Macadamia nuts – Macadamia nuts or foods with macadamia nuts can be fatal to dogs. As few as six nuts can cause symptoms including muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, elevated body temperature, and rapid heart rate.

Xylitol – This popular sweeter can increase insulin levels in your dog causing increased blood sugar and liver failure. Initial symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination.

Chocolate – The toxic agent in chocolate is theobromine. Small amounts of chocolate can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Larger quantities can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death.

Milk – While cooked eggs are healthy for dogs, milk-based products are not. Dogs are not equipped with digestive systems to carry lactase. As a result milk products can cause upset stomaches and diarrhea.

Alcohol – While even toxic to humans, in dogs alcohol can cause not only intoxication, lack of coordination, poor breathing, and abnormal acidity, but potentially even coma and/or death.
Cooked bones – When it comes to bones, the danger is that cooked bones can easily splinter when chewed and swallowed by your dog.

Foods Considered Safe for Dogs

Here is a list of foods generally considered safe for dogs.

Peanut butter – Not only a great source of protein, it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E.

Cheese – Cheese can be high in fat, but in small quantities it makes a great treat.

Carrots – Small pieces of carrot are a great, low calorie snack high in fiber and beta carotene/vitamin A.

Apple Slices – Apple is a good source of fiber as well as vitamin A and C. It also helps with teeth and bad breath. Be sure to remove the core and seeds as these can be a chocking hazard.

Green Beans – Fresh, raw green beans make a great treat for your dog since they are filling and low in calories.

Eggs – Cooked eggs are great way to give your dog a protein boost. Eggs are also a source of easily digestible riboflavin and selenium.

Sweet potatoes – A great source of dietary fiber and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. Cooked, raw or dehydrated dogs love it.

Blueberries – All the antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals blueberries boast provide the same benefits for your dog’s body that they give yours. Fresh or frozen blueberries are a fun, yummy treat.

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