Picture this, you’re sitting down having a bite to eat and your dog walks over with their big eyes and stares right into your soul as you’re about to take the last bite, you consider throwing the last bit to your dog because you love them so much and, why not, they’re such a good boy/girl, right? Have you ever considered that the food you throw your dog might be a little toxic for them and may affect them in ways different to how it affects us?
Have no fear, The Pet Embassy have compiled our “10 of the Worst Foods For Your Dog – Top Toxic Foods for Dogs” to help you identify which foods are toxic foods for your dogs to ensure that there is no error when feeding your dog.
The Pet Embassy’s “10 of the Worst Foods For Your Dog – Top Toxic Foods for Dogs”
It’s a well known theory that chocolate can cause dogs to become extremely sick and in some cases your dog may suffer from chocolate poisoning which can be deadly. Two of the ingredients in Chocolate (Caffeine and theobromine) can have a serious impact on your dog and this type of toxic food should be avoided at all costs.
Theobromine is known to cause symptoms in dogs such as vomiting and diarrhea as well as more severe symptoms such as hyperactivity and an abnormal heart rhythm. As mentioned above, it’s also possible for your dog to die from consuming chocolate.
Different types of chocolate have different levels of theobromine and caffeine. It’s important to note that the symptoms will be correlated with the type of chocolate and the amount consumed.
Baking Chocolate is the worst chocolate for your dog. Baking Chocolate contains high levels of theobromine at around 380-400mg per ounce.
Dark Chocolate is in second place for the worst chocolate for your dog. Dark Chocolate contains around 140-160mg of theobromine per ounce.
Milk Chocolate is not as bad for your dog but obviously still very harmful and toxic. Milk Chocolate contains around 35-55mg per ounce.
White Chocolate is the least toxic chocolate for your dog (albeit still a very toxic food for your dog). Your dog is more likely to suffer from pancreatitis rather than death from theobromine as there is little theobromine within white chocolate.
Please note, if your pet has only consumed a small amount of chocolate and is showing mild symptoms then we would 100% recommend keeping an eye out for your dog. However, if your dog has consumed a large amount of chocolate and they are showing more severe symptoms, we would recommend going to the vet as soon as possible.
Overall, chocolate is definitely one of the most toxic foods for your dog!
Coconut in general is quite a toxic food for dogs. This includes, coconut water and coconut oil. The potassium in coconuts is something that we as humans are okay consuming, however, there needs to be a certain level of potassium in both your body and your dogs body. If you give your dog too much potassium, or your dog’s body cannot handle the increase in potassium because of an underlying health condition, then this can cause many problems. These problems include, heart rhythm normality, low energy and weakness. If you begin to see your pet exhibit low levels of energy and an apparent weakness you should consult a vet.
It goes without saying that you should not give your dog alcohol. Alcohol is one of the most toxic foods for your dog. If your dog is exposed to alcohol, they may experience throwing up and diarrhoea as well as showing signs of being drunk (low alertness and trouble walking). If you expose your dog to larger amount of alcohol, then you may see your dog beginning to have tremors and breathing difficulties which can eventually lead to death.
If like us, you come home from a long day of work and have a glass (bottle) of wine to take the edge of life then you should just consider keeping it away from your dog for the reasons we said above. This is by no means us telling you to stop what you’re doing entirely, oh no, this is simply a heads up to keep the glass (bottle) away from your dogs reach.
Milk and other diary products
Milk and diary products is a little bit of a tricky one. They are not a toxic food for some dogs but they are for others. Indeed, some dogs may experience diarrhea after being exposed to milk and diary products, however, others may develop no symptoms at all and maintain a normal appetite then it is possible to give your dog milk as a treat in very small doses, if you think that is okay. Please don’t get us wrong, at no point would we recommend switching your dogs diet to that of solely diary and milk products!
Wild Mushrooms are a very toxic food for your dog. In fact, there is no doubt in our minds that they should feature on our top 10 worst foods to give to your dogs list for a number of reasons. Wild mushrooms as so hard to identify unless you really know wild mushrooms, which, we can only assume will take years of practice. The problem with wild mushrooms is, they can range from “I feel completely fine” to death is imminent unless treated very quickly.
If you believe your pet has consumed a wild mushroom, please try to identify the mushroom in question before any signs develop to determine if you need to take your pet to the vet. If signs have already developed then we recommend taking your dog to the vet straight away.
Yeast is a little bit of a niche one unless you like to make baked goods at home, you won’t really have yeast dough lying around the house. However, years dough is a toxic food for dogs and can be very harmful. Yeast dough can potentially settle in your dogs stomach and begin to rise inside the stomach. As you can imagine, this will cause your dog to become bloated but it could even cause a condition called Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV). GDV is a very serious condition as the flipped tissues of the intestines get cut off from their normal blood supply and they begin to rot. There are some tale tell signs your dog has GDV, such as lack of appetite and unproductive reaching (what appears to be puking but nothing is coming up their throat).
Lastly, there is also a possibility that yeast causes alcohol poisoining in your dog. We know, it sounds a little far fetched but rising yeast produces carbon dioxide whilst in the stomach and this can then be absorbed into the blood stream, which, causes alcohol poisoning.
Macadamia nuts are another toxic food for dogs. A dog that has consumed macadamia nuts can have symptoms such as increased body temperature, tremors, inability to walk on hind limbs and lethargy. If you see your dog showing these signs please think about bringing your dog to the vet or the hospital straight away as the consequences may be quite severe.
Macadamia nuts, like all other nuts are high in fat. Fat, in large quantities can be a toxic food for dogs as it leads to increased chance of pancreatitis as well as other painful conditions. However, most dogs will be okay if they consume the occasional nut here and there (as long as it is not macadamia nuts) but a lot of nuts can obviously cause the symptoms we previously stated. Pancreatitis in dogs is quite a severe condition and dogs will often need to be hospitalised and have IV fluids and medications to support their stomach.
Onions, Leaks and Shallots
Onions, leaks and shallots are some of the worst foods for your dogs and they are highly toxic. Please keep this particular food away from your dogs as it can have terrible side effects.
Onions, leaks and shallots are a toxic food for your dog and ingestion of such food types can cause anaemia or lead to a low red blood cel count. Just like our bodies, if your dog has low red blood cells, then their body may not be able to function properly, they may have pale gums ( you can check this by lifting your dogs lip up and taking a look), they may be a little more lethargic than usual or they may have an elevated breathing rate as the body is pushing internal organs harder in order to get more oxygen into the body. Depending on how much your dog has ate, they may need to go to the hospital and at potentially get a blood transfusion.
Please note, there are many dog foods and treats that may contain a little bit of onion powder but the quantity in which it is consumed is not enough to be a concern to your dog. unless they have a medical condition concerning their blood.
Grapes and Raisins
Just like milk and diary products, grapes and raisins are a little bit tricky. Some dogs will react to grapes and raisins and some won’t at all. There have been cases that one grape or raisin has caused a kidney failure in a dog before and there are cases of dogs eating multiple grapes and raisins without having a problem. However, the problem lies with our ability to detect which dogs will have a reaction to grapes and which ones won’t. Unfortunately, we don’t know this. However, this is not a reason to give your dog grapes and raisins if you have before.
Coffee is one of the worst foods for your dog as it contains a chemical called methylxanthines, which essentially, we ingest as humans to help up get up and go. However, in dogs this effect can be taken to a new level. Dogs can experience various different side effects when ingesting caffeine, such as panting, hyperactivity, anxiety and tremors amongst other things.
The severity of these side effects is down to two different things. Firstly, the amount of caffeine that your dog has consumed, a lot of caffeine will mean that your dog is likely to show signs of severe side effects, where as, only a little amount of caffeine consumed could potentially mean there is little to no side effects. Secondly, the size of your dog is important. A small toy breed may have a bigger reaction for the same amount of caffeine as a bigger dog breed.
If you do find out your dog has consumed a caffeine product, please look at the information above and consult a vet if you think they need to be taken in.
How to ensure you keep your dog safe from eating these foods
The list above is not exhaustive and we appreciate there may be some other foods which are toxic foods for your dog. However, we have noted the main 10 in our every day lives to help you. In addition, below is some strategies to help you keep your pet safe.
Securing the toxic food for dogs. If there is some type of toxic food in your home, we would recommend sealing it away in a cupboard in a place that your dog cannot access.
Stop feeding your dog table scraps. We know this one is difficult as their big eyes are just way too much to handle. However, even if the food you have in your hand is not a toxic food for your dog, it may lead to their stomach becoming a little bit upset.
Stop your family and friends from feeding your dog. They may or may not know what upsets your dogs stomach.
What can dogs eat?
If you want to feed your dog a tasty human treat but are worried about what could potentially be a toxic food for your dog then have a read of some of the below:
Blueberries are really good for your dog as the provide a lot of antioxidants as well as fibres and vitamins. Plus they make for really good bite sized training treats.
An extremely tasty treat for your dog to have. However, please note that peanut butter is both high in fat and calories so please watch how much you give to your dog. In addition, please check the ingredients for Xylitol. Xylitol is a sweetener in many foods like yogurt and peanut butter and it is another toxic food for dogs.
Cooked salmon is a great way to add omega-3 fatty acids to your dogs diet.
Carrots provide your dog with a good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals and remains very low in calories. However, the difficult part is actually getting your dog to eat the carrot.
If you want to feed your dog pineapples, you should know it is safe to do so. They are a good source of vitamins and are not a toxic food for your dog.
Bananas just like pineapples are a good source of vitamins for your dog and they are one of the non toxic foods for your dog.
Please note that you shouldn’t feed your dog raw eggs but cooked eggs are used by some pet owners to help with nausea. They are also a very good source of protein and essential vitamins.
Cheese is a non toxic food for your dog. However, please limit the amounts of cheese that you feed to your dog as many dogs are known to be lactose intolerant.
Oranges pack a lot of nutrients and have a low amount of calories, making them the perfect treat for your dog. However, oranges are acidic and they have been known to upset dogs stomachs.
Similar to oranges, strawberries are one of the best non toxic foods for dogs. They are perfect food for your dog because they offer lots of nutrients and are not harmful for your dog.
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