Human food can be toxic to canines…even if the food is not toxic for you. In fact, some very common table foods can cause a dog to become sick and even die. And, if you love your dog and want that furry companion to be with you for a long time, it’s vitally important to know each human food that’s toxic to them.
Before you feed your canine friend human food, it’s important to learn all you can about what foods it can and cannot eat. And if you have children, you must make sure they understand what foods they should never give their pet, as well.
DON’T Feed Your Dog the Following:
Alcohol, even if it’s beer, can be deadly to a dog. Some people think it’s funny watching animals act funny or go crazy on human drugs, but it’s cruel. After ingesting alcohol, it can cause them to vomit, have diarrhea, poor breathing, a lack of coordination, atypical blood acidity, unconsciousness and death. Pretty much what humans can suffer with when they drink an excessive amount of alcohol, only dogs are much smaller. Dogs become intoxicated very easily, and can suffer from alcohol blood poisoning death much quicker than humans.
Yum! Chocolate is great, isn’t it? And many people would just die without their java. But it’s not so great for your canine friend. Both coffee and chocolate contain theobromine, which will cause the dog to suffer from a number of problems, including vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, excessive thirst, excessive urination, excessive panting, hyperactivity, abnormal heartbeat and even death. Even true white chocolate is considered deadly to a dog.
I know you want to share your picnic and barbeque joys with your four-legged family members, but please–not the corn on the cob! This can cause a dog to suffer with a blocked intestine. When ingested, the corn on the cob can give a brillo pad feeling when it scraps down the digestive track. If not surgically removed by the vet, the dog will die. (Same thing with peach and plum pits.)
As few as 6 roasted or raw macadamia nuts will make your dog ill, and just a few more can kill your pooch. These kinds of nuts (whether it’s roasted, raw or in butter) have an unknown toxin that causes an array of health problems like swollen limbs, weakness, tremors and panting. Macadamia nuts are commonly seen in cookies so be mindful of this when giving your dog table scraps
Raisins, grapes and currants contain an unknown compound that can cause a dog to suffer kidney failure which, of course, leads to death. Since raisins can commonly be found in cakes and cookies, these should be avoided or thoroughly inspected before indulging your pet.
Xylitol can cause low blood sugar, which can result in weakness, vomiting, and collapse. Those symptoms, in turn, release high amounts of insulin, which can cause liver failure. It takes just several days to see the signs of liver failure. This sugar substitute can be found in an array of products like sugar-free candy, chewing gum, toothpaste, and various baked goods.
Uncooked eggs can cause food poisoning because they harbor E. coli and Salmonella bacteria, so cooking them well is best. Sure, you maybe chug one down with your protein drink, or prefer your eggs over easy, but remember: dogs are smaller than you, so a little bacteria or E. coli has a more harmful effect on the canine family. Also, raw eggs also have an enzyme called avidin that blocks vitamin B absorption and cause coat and skin problems for your dog, which could be a major problem if raw eggs are on the regular diet.
This includes fish. I know, I know–it’s tradition to throw meat scraps to the pooch. But raw meat contains an incredibly high amount of harmful bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella, more so than cooked or prepared dog food. And many fish have parasites that are very harmful when raw. All meats must be cooked well and handled with special care. I’m sure your dog won’t mind some meat hot off the griddle, though!
High fat content isn’t good for dogs, but it’s the least of our worries with avocado. Its fruit, leaves and seeds have a substance called Persin, which can cause several health problems in your dog, including: diarrhea, vomiting and heart congestion. So no chips and guacamole for this party goer!
Dogs and bones just go together, but not chicken bones. Chicken bones are a choking hazard. When broken apart, the jagged pieces can become trapped in the throat and digestive tract, possibly rupturing the intestine. If you want to give your dog a bone, be sure to look for sturdy marrow bones that won’t break down over time.
Keep in mind that even though you have given your dogs these foods before, it doesn’t necessarily mean he/she will always be able to handle them. Some foods have a combined effect, which means that one day, just one more table scrap treat might be the last straw, and the ultimate decider between a severe reaction and a fatal one.
There are many other foods that are unhealthy for your pet, and that can cause health problems, but the above foods are the most dangerous ones that can kill your dog rather quickly, if not instantly.
Signs To Watch Out For: How To Know If Your Dog Has Been Poisoned
There are several signs of poisoning you need to keep a watchful eye out for. They include: bleeding, diarrhea, drooling, redness of ears, eyes and skin, seizures, swelling, vomiting. It’s imperative to call your dog’s vet right away if you notice any of the signs listed above, along with signs of weakness, frothing, lethargy or any other abnormal behavior signs after eating these foods.
A delay can result in burying your canine friend. Don’t wait until it’s too late to do anything for your dog. Always keep the number of the closest emergency clinic, your local vet, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center – (888) 426-4435 – where you can find it in an emergency.
You’re much less likely to have to make an emergency trip to the vet if you take a proactive stance by knowing the foods you shouldn’t give your dog…as well as teaching those around your dog who may also want to slip the pooch a treat under the table.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sera Filson is a writer, professional student, health enthusiast, and proud mother who’s currently pursing a B.A. in Business Management. When she’s not writing, exercising, or studying, she enjoys reading about body contouring and being a fan of Sono Bello on LinkedIn and Sono Bello on Indeed.com.