7 Poisonous Foods For Dogs
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Did you know that certain foods are highly toxic to dogs? We’ve listed seven poisonous foods for dogs that should always be avoided.
Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs because it contains theobromine and caffeine, which can stimulate the heart and nervous system. These compounds can build up to a high toxicity level in a dog’s system, resulting in seizures, coma and even death. You can buy dog chocolate, which is safe and does not contain caffeine or theobromine.
2. Onions, chives and garlic
Do you regularly give your dog leftovers from your meal? Make sure they don’t contain large amounts of onions, shallots, chives and garlic. These foodstuffs contain thiosulphate, which can destroy red blood cells in dogs if eaten in large amounts. High levels can lead to anaemia in dogs.
3. Grapes, sultanas and raisins
Many people are unaware that grapes, sultanas and raisins contain a toxin that can affect dogs. Even just a small number of currants could cause dogs to have kidney failure. So, don’t let your dog eat any leftover mince pies or Christmas cake! These festive treats contain dried currants and nutmeg, which is also toxic to dogs.
4. Macadamia, pecans and walnuts
Whether raw or roasted, macadamia nuts are very poisonous to dogs. They can cause weakness and an inability to walk, as well as shaking, muscle tremors and even paralysis of their hind legs. Also, avoid giving your dog walnuts, as large amounts can lead to pancreatitis, and pecans can cause neurological issues.
5. Xylitol sweetener
A lesser-known toxic substance for dogs is xylitol. This modern-day sweetener is made from sugar alcohol and is used in various baked goods and sweets. Unfortunately, even small amounts are extremely toxic for dogs, and can result in seizures, liver failure and death. Always check ingredients on wrappers and packets.
6. Fruit stones and seeds
Few people are aware that apple pips and the stones of cherries, apricots, plums and peaches contain amygdalin. Although this is a natural chemical, it releases the dangerous poison cyanide when chewed. Never give whole stone fruits to dogs.
Don’t let your dog devour the guacamole dip you’ve prepared for your Christmas party! Both the flesh and stone contain persin, a fatty acid that is toxic to dogs. Avocado consumption can lead to diarrhoea, vomiting, breathing difficulties, fluid and congestion around the heart, as well as heart failure.
Typically, if your dog has accidentally eaten chocolate or another toxic substance, they will have certain symptoms. They might appear anxious or agitated with rapid panting or breathing, they might also be vomiting or have diarrhoea. If your dog shows any signs of poisoning, call your vet immediately.
The Doggy Daycare at the Willows team include fully trained Doggy Daycare Assistants, who know what foods your dog should avoid. If your dog becomes one of our regulars and you have any questions about their diet, we can advise you on healthy foodstuffs.
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