When it comes to your dog, you have probably noticed that he or she will eat just about anything. Whether it’s a scrap that has fallen onto the floor, a plant that looks edible, or a bug that is too slow to crawl away from your furry friend’s clasp, your pooch may want to taste it. You may also be tempted to feed your dog what you consider to be delicious bites of your food, but what you don’t realize is that all of the aforementioned items have the potential to be toxic for your dog. Here is a list of some of the most common toxic foods for dogs.
List of Food Items You Should Never Let Your Dog Ingest
- Candy – You already know that a chocolate is not the best treat for dogs, but you may not realize that any candy containing Xylitol is toxic for your dog. Candy can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle tremors in your dog, so if you have small children that want to offer the family pet candy as a treat, encourage them to offer dog treats instead.
- Mushrooms – During rainy weather, mushrooms can be seen popping up all over, and your dog may decide that these look delicious. However, these can cause serious medical problems, and the same applies to mushrooms used in cooking. Like candy, they can cause diarrhea and vomiting and may even cause your dog to produce bloody stool. Always monitor your dog when he is outside.
- Potato leaves and stems (green parts) – If you leave your potatoes lying around in a package on the ground, they may appear as attractive chew toys for your dog. These can cause a severe form of indigestion, diarrhea, and stomach cramping.
- Baby food – Although some baby food is acceptable for your dog, the one that contains onion powder is not. Onion powder is toxic to dogs and may cause diarrhea, vomiting, increased salivation, and stomach cramping.
- Fat trimmings from meat – A lot of people want to give their dogs bites of their meat. This is never advised, as feeding your dog bits of fat from meat can cause pancreatitis.
- Raw eggs – A lot of homemade dog treats use an egg as the main ingredient. Always fully cook the eggs before serving it to your dog in any form. Like humans, raw eggs may contain salmonella. Although food poisoning is not as common in dogs due to their shorter digestive tract, it is still a concern.
- Avocado – All parts of this plant are toxic because they contain persin. This ingredient causes difficulty in breathing, respiratory issues, diarrhea, and vomiting.
- Broccoli – This food causes gastrointestinal irritation in your dog and should never be offered to him. Even if it is cooked, it will aggravate your dog’s digestive system.
- Cat Food – Although this is not a table scrap or something you would consider giving to your dog, it is something that they adore. If you have a cat, your dog will more than likely try to get into the food. It can cause kidney issues if large quantities are ingested over time and may even result in loose stool and stomach cramping immediately. Always keep cat food out of reach.
- Nutmeg – Foods containing this ingredient are incredibly toxic to dogs. Nutmegs can cause tremors, seizures, and even death in your dog so if he ingests something that contains nutmeg, seek professional medical help immediately.
If you doubt whether something is edible for your dog, do not give it to him! Dogs are a lot more sensitive to foods than humans. Although you might feel that a table scrap is an acceptable treat, it is not the best option for your furry baby.
Instead, offer your pooch a packaged treat specifically manufactured for dogs. Also, if your dog accidentally ingests one of the aforementioned items or something else of concern, seek professional medical attention right away. Never attempt to induce vomiting or medicines meantt for treating indigestion and other stomach-related issues in humans, as this may cause more problems for your four-legged buddy.