Alcoholic drinks and food products containing alcohol may lead to nausea, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood pressure, coma and even death.
Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine
These products all contain compounds called methylxanthines, which if ingested by your pets, can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death.
Grapes and Raisins
The toxic substance within grapes and raisins is known to cause kidney failure and even death.Nuts
Nuts, such as almonds, pecans, and walnuts, contain high amounts of fats and oils. These fats can cause nausea and diarrhea, and possibly pancreatitis in pets. Macadamia nuts can cause tremors, vomiting, weakness, depression, and hypothermia in dogs. Symptoms of macadamia nut poisoning can appear 12 hours after ingestion and can last 12-48 hours.
Milk and Dairy
Pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase, which is the enzyme that breaks down lactose. This means that dairy products can cause diarrhea or other gastric upset.
Onions, Garlic, Chives
Onion, garlic, and chives can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage.
Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones
Just like humans, dogs are susceptible to Salmonella and E. coli poisoning if they consume aw meat and/or raw eggs. Raw eggs also contain an enzyme called avidin that decreases the absorption of biotin, which can lead to skin and coat problems. Raw bones can also be harmful to you dog, they are not necessarily poisonous but can easily get lodged in your dogs throat or cause an injury should the bone splinter and puncture your their digestive tract.
Salt and Salty Snack Foods
Large amounts of salt can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death.
Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. Xylitol can release insulin in most species, which can lead to liver failure. This spike in insulin leads to hypoglycemia, or lowered sugar levels. Signs of xylitol poisoning include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination, as well as seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days.
Yeast dough can rise causing gas to collect in your dog’s digestive system. This can be painful and can cause the stomach to bloat, and potentially twist, becoming a life threatening emergency. Yeast also produces ethanol as a by-product and if ingested raw, a dog can become drunk.
Overall, be mindful of what you are giving to your dog and stick to what is safe for them. A grape or some nuts are not worth the heartache if they become ill.Continue reading >