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Avoid these foods from your dogs diet at all costs, if your loved furry companion has consumed any of these products make sure you consult your vet.

Here’s a list of 20 Harmful Foods for Dogs

AVOCADOS( fruit, leaves, bark, seed, plant )

Avacado

Avocados contain a toxic component called persin. It can damage the heart, lung and other tissue in many animals. They are high in fat and can trigger stomach upset, vomiting and even pancreatitis. Symptoms of toxicity include difficulty breathing, abdominal enlargement, fluid in the lungs, abdomen and the sac around the heart.

ONIONS, CHIVES (raw, powdered, dehydrated, cooked )

Onion

Onions destroy red blood cells and cause anaemia, weakness and breathing difficulty. Even small amounts can cause accumulative damage over time.

GARLIC( large amounts )

Garlic

Garlic contains only a small amount of the problematic substance that is in onions. Moderation is the key.

TOMATOES( plant  & fruit )

Tomato

Tomatoes contain tomatine, an alkaloid related to solanine. As the fruit ripens the tomato is metabolized. Therefore ripe tomatoes are less likely to be problematic for animals. Clinical signs of poisoning are lethargy, drooling, difficulty breathing, colic, vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation, widely dilated pupils, paralysis, cardiac effects, central nervous system signs, ( eg  ataxia, muscle weakness, tremors, seizures ), resulting in cholinesterase inhibition, coma and death . ( This information comes from the ASAP Animal Poison Control Centre ). ( All Parts of the plant except the tomatoes are poisonous to humans as well ).

Also Read: Useful Remedies for Dog Parasites

GRAPES & RAISONS

Grapes & Raisins

Grapes and raisons can cause kidney failure. As little as a handful can kill them.

NUTMEG

Nutmeg

Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures and death.

CAFFEINE( coffee, coffee grounds, tea or tea bags )

Coffee Beans

Caffeinestimulates the central nervous system and cardiac systems. It can causevomiting, restlessness, heart palpitations and even death within hours.

MACADAMIA NUTS

These nuts can cause weakness, muscle tremor andparalysis. These symptoms are usually temporary.

Macadamia Nuts

WALNUTS

Walnuts

When dogs eat the seed hulls they can get an upset stomach and diarrhoea. The real problem is the fungus or mold that attacks walnuts after they get wet ( from rain or sprinklers ), which produce toxins. If the fungus or mold is ingested they become very ill and could possibly die.  Walnut poisoning signs are vomiting, trembling, drooling, lack of coordination, lethargy, loss of appetite and jaundice indications such as yellowing of the eyes and gums. Severely affected dogs can also produce blood tinged vomit or stools. Dogs can take several days to exhibit serious signs of illness.

APPLE SEEDS, CHERRY , PEACH, PEAR, PLUM & APRICOT PITS

Apple

These pits contain cyanide which is poisonous.While a few apple seeds may not cause a problem, the effects can beaccumulative over time, if they are given to dogs regularly.

CHOCOLATE

Chocolate

Can cause seizures, coma and death. The darker the chocolate ( the higher cocoa levels ) the more dangerous it is. But any chocolate in large amounts  can cause death in a dog.  25 grams of chocolate can kill a 15 kg dog. The symptoms may not show up for several hours ( you might think all is well ), with death following within 24hrs. A dog might consume milk chocolate and appear to be fine because it is not concentrated, but it is still dangerous.

EXCESSIVE SALT

Salt

Can cause kidney problems. Also large dogs that eat too much salt can drink excessive amounts of water this can cause bloat, which is fatal unless emergency treatment is given very quickly.

TOO MUCH FAT & FRIED FOODS

Bacon

Ham and bacon contain too much fat and salt,this can cause pancreatitis.

RAW EGG WHITES

Egg & Egg White

Contain a protein called avidin, which candeplete your dog of biotin, one of the B vitamins. Biotin is essential to your dog’s growth and coat health. The lack of it can cause hair loss, weakness,growth retardation, or skeletal deformity. Raw egg yolks contain enough biotinto prevent deficiency, SO THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM WITH RAW WHOLE EGGS.

GRAINS

Grains

Should not be given in large amounts or make up a large amount of the dogs diet. Rice is generally safe in small amounts.

COOKED BONES

Bones

Can splinter and tear your dog’s gut.

POTATO PEEL & GREEN POTATO

Green Potato

BAKING POWDER & BAKING SODA

Bowl of Baking Soda

Baking soda and baking powder are both leavening agents. A leavening agent is a common ingredient in baked goods that produces a gas causing batter and dough to rise. Baking soda is simply sodium bicarbonate. Baking powder consists of baking soda and an acid, usually cream of tartar, calcium acid phosphate, sodium aluminum sulfate or a mixture of the three. Ingestion of large amounts of baking soda or baking powder can lead to electrolyte abnormalities (low potassium, low calcium and/or high sodium), congestive heart failure or muscle spasms.

WILD MUSHROOMS

Wild Mushrooms

Can cause abdominal pain, liver damage, kidney damage, vomiting, diarrhoea, convulsions, coma and death.

DIET SWEETENERS (eg Xylitol )

Diet Sweetners

Can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar levelsresulting in depression, loss of coordination and seizures.  If treatment is not given quickly the dog candie. There also appears to be a strong link between xylitol ingestions and thedevelopment of liver failure in dogs.

If you have any questions or know of any other dangerous ingredients let me know in the comments below.

Author: Lynne Merritt

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