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Common Foods which are
poisonous or dangerous to dogs
Sharing our food with our pets is something
many of us have done. Who hasn't slipped the dog something to
eat under the table or given him the scraps from our dinner
plates. Below is a list of foods that we eat but which could be
dangerous if eaten by your dog. Don't poison your dog by
No sharing your beer or gin and tonic with your
dog. Alcohol is toxic to dogs. It can cause, vomiting,
diarrhea, difficulty breathing, tremors and depression of the
central nervous system . It can also cause death.
Avocados can cause tummy pains and upsets
including vomiting and
Avocados contain a substance called persin
which is highly toxic in most animals, including dogs.
Your dog should never eat chocolate. Chocolate
contains a stimulant diuretic called theobromine which affects
the central nervous system and cardio vascular of the dog. If
you believe your dog has eaten chocolate you must seek
veterinary advice immediately as ingestion of chocolate can
cause death. Cooking chocolate contains the most theobromine
followed by dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white
Take all precautions and ensure that you do not
leave chocolate lying around. Dogs love the taste of it.
Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include
vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, hyperactivity muscle
tremors, increased urination and increased heart rate.
Coffee and Tea
Caffeine affects the central nervous system and
the heart. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning can include
vomiting, a racing heart and in severe cases, death.
Fat Trimmings from Ham and
Never give your dog fat trimmings from meat and
especially from ham as high fat consumption could lead to a
bout of pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis can range in severity from
mild to life threatening and is an extremely painful
condition. Turkey skin is also high in fat
Vets see an increase in pancreatitis over
Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Grapes Raisins and Sultanas
Grapes and the dried variety of grapes
including raisins and sultanas can cause kidney damage.
Deaths have been reported with large
Repeated vomiting and
hyperactivity are early signs of poisoning.
Macadamia nuts have been known
to cause tremors & muscle weakness in dogs
Milk and Dairy Products
It has been reported that as many as 50% of
dogs are lactose intolerant. Many dog's digestive systems do
not handle milk or dairy products well. The usual symptom is