toxic foods for dogs

14 Toxic Foods for Your Dog

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You just sat down to enjoy your delicious snack. As you take your first bite and savor that sugary delightful flavor, you see your dog staring at you with those cute puppy eyes begging to get a bite. You feel guilty, after all…how can you resist those adorable puppy eyes? And you think… “What if you just give one bite? How bad can one piece of chocolate be?”

But before you hand over that delicious treat, let me share with you some of the most dangerous foods for your dog.

While it might be tempting to share your meals with your dog, it's important to remember that not all human foods are safe for them. If you’re like me, you might also enjoy cooking for your fur baby, but it's important to be aware of foods that can be toxic to dogs and should be completely avoided.

 So, before you hand over that extra treat from your plate, double-check the ingredients to keep your puppy healthy and happy.

#1. Chocolate
Chocolate has a stimulant called theobromine and caffeine, which can make dogs sick. How sick a dog gets depends on how much chocolate they eat, what kind it is, and how big and healthy they are. Even a little bit of chocolate can be really dangerous, so it's very important to keep it away from pets. If a dog eats chocolate, they need to see a vet right away to make sure they're okay. Some of the symptoms that a dog might experience after eating Chocolate are: seizures, it can me dogs to throw up, have diarrhea, make their heart beat fast, shake, and even cause death.

#2. Onions, garlic and chives
Onions, garlic, or chives, have a compound called thiosulfate, which can damage your dog's red blood cells and lead to a condition called hemolytic anemia - in which the red blood cells are damaged. Red blood cells are important for carrying oxygen around the dog's body. If the red blood cells are damaged, the body will start fighting against itself instead of against germs. This can make the dog throw up, have diarrhea, feel weak and tired, breathe fast, have pale gums, and pee dark urine. In extreme cases, it can even make the dog pass out, damage their organs, or die.

#3. Caffeine
Dogs can get sick if they eat food with caffeine in it, like coffee, tea, or energy drinks. Caffeine can make them feel jumpy, breathe fast, make their heart beat fast, shake, have seizures, or even die. Dogs are more affected by caffeine than humans because they are smaller and their bodies can't handle it as well.

#4. Macadamia nuts
Macadamia nuts are really bad for dogs and can make them feel weak, throw up, shake, get hot, and have trouble walking. Sometimes, eating macadamia nuts can make a dog's back legs stop working. Even just a few nuts can make a dog feel sick.

#5. Corn on the cob
Corn on the cob can be dangerous for dogs because they might choke on it. The cob can block the dog's stomach, and they might need surgery to remove it. Even the corn part should be avoided since it can give them stomach pains, cause them to throw up, and get diarrhea


#6. Avocado
Avocados are dangerous for dogs because of the substance called persin, which can make their stomachs hurt, and cause them to throw up or have diarrhea. The pit inside the avocado can also get stuck in their stomach and make it hard for them to eat.

#7. Artificial sweetener
Sweeteners are highly toxic to dogs because they contain Xylitol, which is commonly found in sugar-free gum, candies, baked goods, and certain peanut butter brands. If a dog eats even a little bit of xylitol, it can make their blood sugar drop fast. This can make them throw up, feel weak, shake, have seizures, or even die. If you think your dog ate something with xylitol, you should call the vet right away. So, it's important to remember to put the cap back on the toothpaste so dogs can't get to it since some toothpaste might have xylitol in them

#8. Alcohol
Alcohol is bad for dogs, even just a little bit can make them very sick. It can make them throw up, cause diarrhea, they may find it hard to breathe, shake, have seizures, or even pass out and die. Dogs can't handle alcohol like humans because they're smaller, and their bodies can't get rid of it easily.

#9. Cooked bones
Cooked bones, like the ones from chicken or small animals, are very dangerous for dogs. They can break easily and make a hole in the dog's stomach if they eat them. This can make them throw up, have diarrhea, and stomach pain.

#10. Grapes and raisins
Grapes and raisins are highly toxic to dogs, and eating just a few can lead to severe kidney damage or failure. Kidneys are important organs in a dog's body that help clean their blood and get rid of waste through urine. Just a little bit can make them feel sick, with throwing up, diarrhea, feeling tired, not wanting to eat, stomach pain, and drinking and peeing more than usual.

#11. Yeast dough

Imagine making bread: the dough needs to grow. But if a dog eats it before it's cooked, it grows inside their stomach and causes a lot of swelling and pain. Also, the yeast in the dough turns into alcohol, which is dangerous for dogs. If a dog eats yeast dough, they might have stomach pains, throw up, have diarrhea, feel very tired, or even have seizures.

#12. Fruit pits and seeds
Watch out for the pits and seeds in fruits like cherries, apricots, peaches, and apples because they can be dangerous for dogs. If a dog eats them, they might throw up, have diarrhea, stomach pain, find it hard to breathe or even get cyanide poisoning, which is very serious. Cyanide poisoning happens when a dog eats cyanide, which is a very dangerous chemical. It makes it hard for the body to use oxygen, causing problems like trouble breathing, feeling weak, throwing up, and sometimes even death.

#13. Dairy Products
Some dogs can't handle dairy like milk, cheese, or yogurt very well. It might make their stomach hurt and give them diarrhea or really bad gas. Most dogs are lactose intolerant, which means their bodies can't break down the sugars in milk properly.

#14. Salt
Too much salt is really bad for dogs and can make them sick. It might make them very thirsty, throw-up, and have diarrhea. They may feel very tired, shake, have seizures, or even die in really bad cases. Dogs aren't used to eating a lot of salt, so too much can mess up their body's balance and make them dehydrated. That's why it's super important for pet owners to not give their dogs salty snacks like chips or pretzels, and to be careful about giving them any table scraps with lots of salt.

Eating certain human foods can make dogs sick. Foods like chocolate, onions, grapes, fake sugars (like xylitol), alcohol, cooked bones, bread dough, fruit pits, milk, and salt can all be dangerous for dogs. It's important for pet owners to make sure their dogs can't get to these foods and to take them to the vet right away if they do eat them, so they can stay safe and healthy.


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