Chocolate can affect canines in different ways—from the mildly upsetting to the downright dangerous. Everybody should know that dogs should not be eating chocolate in any of its forms. Although we humans devour chocolate, it contains toxic substances called methylxanthines, specifically theobromine, which are stimulants. Just a little bit of chocolate can cause diarrhea and vomiting in dogs, while too much can cause seizures, irregular heart function and even death. Keep all chocolate off the table. The level of toxicity fluctuates depending on the type of chocolate. Dry cocoa powder has a higher concentration of methylxanthines than, say, milk chocolate. Eating one M&M, however, is not going to kill your dog, but an entire milk chocolate candy bar might, especially in smaller dogs.
Walnuts can cause seizures because of the contained in them toxin – tremorgenic mycotoxins.
The pecans can cause intestinal obstruction or gastric intestinal upset, because of the toxin juglone that they contain.
It is very toxic both for humans and animals. The nicotine is much more poisonous for dogs than what it is for humans. The nicotine can cause damages on the dogs nervous and digestive systems
Look out for any symptoms, like increased heart rate or loss of consciousness.
The nicotine poisoning in dogs can result in death.
Any food that has xylitol for sweetener – like, gum, candy, baked products, diet foods, even toothpaste, can be dangerous for your dog, because the xylitol causes the blood sugar to drop ad might lead to liver failure. Lethargy, vomiting and problems with the coordination are early symptoms. Few days after the xylitol poisoning a liver failure can be developed.
When used in making bread, the yeast will rise. The same process happens in the dog’s stomach, so keep the yeast out of the dog’s reach. Mild poisoning will result in farting, gas and discomfort. If the ingested yeast is a lot, it can cause rupture of the stomach and intestines. When it expands in the dog’s stomach, it will cause stretching of the abdomen, which will lead to a lot of pain. The process of the yeast fermentation makes alcohol – thus, alcohol poisoning is also a possibility.
Highly toxic and poisonous products are the baking soda and the baking powder, plus other spices, like nutmeg. These foods must be kept aside from your dog’s reach because they can lead to very severe symptoms if ingested.
If you give your dog a human medicine, this can make the canine very, very sick. Thus, all medicines should be kept our of dog’s (and kid’s) reach. Over-the-counter medicines are also forbidden for dog’s use, unless allowed by the vet. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen (that are often used in cold medicines and pain killers) can cause death in dogs. Other Dangerous foods for Dogs
A lot of people have heard funny stories where the main character is a dog that accidentally had drank alcohol and this had been the most amusing part of the party. Well, it might have seemed funny and entertaining, but not for your dog. Just like the alcohol acts on the liver and the brain of the humans, it does on the dogs. But canines react on less quantities of it, like little wine, beer or liquor (even foods that contain alcohol) can damage the dog’s health, causing symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, breathing and coordination problems. Afterwards, the alcohol poisoning might lead to coma and death. The poisoning will be worse in smaller dogs.
There is a specific natural chemical, called amygdalin, in the apple seeds, which releases cyanide if digested. It becomes a problem when a large amount of seeds are chewed by the dog and when the chemical enters the blood stream. But, just to be safe, remove the seeds from the apples before giving the fruit to your dog.
Avocados contain a chemical named pepsin, which is OK for the humans that aren’t allergic to it, but can hurt dogs if eaten in large quantities. Keep the dog away from any avocado plants. But not only the fruit contains pepsin – so do the seeds, leaves and barks.
Baby food isn’t too dangerous, if there is no onion powder in it, but isn’t a source of enough nutrients that the dog’s diet should consist of for the pet to be healthy.
Cooked bones are dangerous for the dogs because they easily splinter and can choke the dog. Yes, giving a bone to the dog might seem something very natural, but do not feed the dog cooked bones as it can choke on them or they can block the digestive system, or cause cuts in it.
The candy is bad for two reasons: First, it has sugar in it and, second, there is often Xylitol in it and this can cause kidney failure, over-release of insulin and even worse symptoms.
Well, probably the dogs wouldn’t want to eat cat food, but in this type of food there are some fats and proteins that should be included in the cat’s diet, but not in this of a dog. They contain high levels of fat and protein, which are not healthy for your dog.
Might lead to vomiting.
The fat trimmed from cooked or uncooked meat might result in pancreatitis in your dog.
The most dangerous types of fish for your dog are salmon and trout. If the raw salmon is infected with Nanophyetussalmincola– which is a specific parasite – it can be deadly, because it is often infected with the bacteria Neorickettsiahelminthoeca. If the proper treatment isn’t provided, this might cause death. Early diagnosis allows a huge chance of recovery. If the salmon is cooked, the parasite is killed, so the food is fine.
If you often feed your dog with raw fish, it can develop deficiency of vitamin B (Thiamine). This condition leads to loss of appetite, seizures, and death (in very rare occasions). The raw fish and meat contain bacteria which is a reason for food poisoning. In some types of fish – trout, sturgeon, shad or salmon – a specific parasite can be found and its presence causes “salmon poisoning disease” or “fish poisoning”. If diagnosed and treated early, the condition is curable. Vomiting is one of the first symptoms, altogether with fever and enlarged lymph nodes. To kill the parasite, you should cook the fish.
Small quantities of garlic are OK for the dogs, and can even be beneficial if used for treating fleas, but large amounts can cause poisoning. Since the garlic is related to the onions, and we mentioned that they can be toxic, the product should be avoided.
The wild mushrooms that you can find in the nature trails or even in your backyard can be toxic and may cause kidneys or liver failure, as well as brain damages. Some of the symptoms include vomiting, seizures, nervous system abnormalities and coma, and the poisoning with mushrooms eventually leads to death. People can die if they eat the wrong mushroom, and so can dogs. So, do not feed your dog mushrooms.
In these products oxalates can be found – these can lead to problems with the nervous, digestive and urinary systems.
This is a certain ingredient in beer. It has toxic effect to your dog and, if ingested, can lead to fever, panting, tachycardia (increased heart rate), seizures and death.
Some of the vitamins that are for human use might be with the same ingredients of the vitamins that your vet had subscribed for your pet and can be even a cheaper equivalent of them. But is very important to compare the active and the inactive ingredients. Also, the vitamins you give to your dog should not contain iron, because it damages the dog’s digestive system and it is toxic for the kidneys and the liver.
Well, liver isn’t dangerous in small quantities, but it has Vitamin A in it, which in larger amounts can damage the muscles and the bones of the dog.
Do not feed you dog with almonds. They aren’t poisonous but cannot be digested easily and might lead to upset stomach and can be a reason for gastric intestinal distress. While the macadamia nuts, the pecans and walnuts are more toxic than the almonds – the latter can block the esophagus and tear the windpipe. If the almonds are salted, they are more dangerous because they are reason for increase of the water retention. This can be fatal if your dog is prone to heart diseases.
We cannot imagine somebody who would roll a joint for his dog, but we’ll mentioned it here, so you know that the marijuana can cause vomiting and may damage the heart rate and the nervous system of your dog.
This ingredient – the capsaicin – can be found in every pepper and in the chili powder. It can irritate every type of mammals.
A lot of foods might be similar to or to contain string, which can lead to problems with the digestive tract and can cause various complications.
Any food with sugar in it might be as dangerous to dogs as it is to people and can lead to overweight, teeth problems, diabetes or obesity. So, look at the ingredient label. A cheaper form of sugar is the corn syrup, which is contained in pretty much everything.
Well, the salt isn’t exactly the healthiest thing for people and doesn’t help the dogs either. If you feed your dog with too much salt, this may result in electrolyte levels misbalance, diarrhea and dehydration. You should better not give your dog any salty foods (pretzels, chips, etc.), because this will lead to severe thirst, and may cause sodium ion poisoning. Diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, depression, fever and seizures are symptoms of salt overdose.
Small amounts of these products will only cause farting and diarrhea, but will not result in death. They might be a reason for developing a food allergy, which causes itching and scratching. Why? Well, dogs, like a lot of people, are lactose intolerant, which means that they lack the necessary quantity of the lactase enzyme, which helps for a proper digestion of the dairy foods. So, when giving a dairy products to your dog, choose the ones that are lactose-free. You may feel as it is okay to give your dog some ice cream when the weather is hot outside, but the better option would be to give the dog an ice cube.
Now, you wouldn’t eat old or moldy food, then what makes you think that it is okay to give it to you pet? The spoiled food contains a bacteria that has a huge number of toxins, which can severely damage the health of your pet. You’d better give your dog only fresh dog-approved food.
Should your dog start to behave strangely or if it presents with symptoms like diarrhea, weakness, vomiting, lack of coordination and others, and you suspect that the pet might have ingested something that it shouldn’t have, bring your dog to the vet straight away.
Keep Your Dog on a Healthy Diet Raising a dog is a very big responsibility and they are, just like the kids, members of your family.
Most of the owners know that they have to take a proper care of their pets, but some people do not understand how different the dogs can be when it is the matter of food.
Your vet will provide you with the best advice for proper food and special needs for dogs of different breeds and age. By consulting a professionals, you will understand what food your dog must not eat and will lower the possibility of health problems in the future.
Considering what item have the animal ingested, the vet or the animal poison hotline will induce vomiting. By doing this, they can regurgitate the ingested item. If the item can cause further damage if vomited, other methods will be offered – like ingesting an item that can neutralize the first or performing a surgery – in any case, the item that is the reason for your dog’s health problems should be removed.
SAFE FOOD FOR DOGS
Some vegetables are safe for dog consummation. Among them are slices of cucumber or zucchini, green beans and carrots. If you want your dog to lose some weight, replace the usual treats with carrots. These products are perfect for training session or for low-calorie food. Do not give you puppy any canned or pickled vegetables – this is because there is too much salt in them.
A baked potato, when plain and without any toppings, is a wonderful treat for your dog during meal time, but do not give baked potatoes to your pet too often.
If your dog’s stomach is upset, the white rice and the pasta are wonderful choices. Even more, the boiled chicken, as well as the white rise, provide a good diet to a dog that doesn’t have proper nutrition from the food due to an illness.