We all want to share in the joys of our favorite foods with those closest to us, including our beloved pets. But pets, and dogs in particular, may not always share our taste for certain foods and beverages. In fact, you may be putting your dog in serious harm. Here are the 10 human foods that can seriously harm or kill your dog.
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1. Foods Containing Alcohol
Never give your dog an alcoholic beverage as it could easily cause death. But what most pet owners need to be extra cautious about is food containing alcohol. Certain pastries, pies and meats are cooked with alcohol and retain traces of it.
The dangerous component in your favorite comfort food is theobromine. Because dogs metabolize it slowly, it can build up to toxic levels and cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and heart attack. Small dogs are at greater risk of death.
3. Grapes and Raisins
Grapes, whether fresh or dried (raisins), are highly toxic to dogs. They can cause severe kidney damage. Though not all dogs are seriously affected by grapes, it is best to err on the side of caution.
4. Macadamia nuts
While there are several nut varieties you should keep away from your dog, macadamia nuts are often singled out for their toxicity. They affect mobility, causing your pet to feel week, pant frequently and develop swollen limbs.
5. Garlic and onions
Garlic and onions are highly dangerous to dogs regardless of the form they are in – powder, raw or cooked. Be especially careful about foods containing garlic or onions.
6. Bread dough
This one is dangerous for two reasons. One is that the dough keeps expanding even when ingested causing bloating and vomiting. Two is the alcohol in yeast that causes poisoning.
Avoid giving any type of mushroom to your dog. A majority of mushroom varieties are toxic and could lead to serious organ damage and death.
8. Foods with Xylitol
Xylitol is an alcohol-based sweetener found in some candies, baked goods and gum. Even in small amounts, it can lead to seizures, liver damage and death.
Nicotine in tobacco is bad for humans but deadly for dogs. It damages major organ systems, affects the heart rate and could be fatal.
Caffeine is found in many things including energy drinks, coffee, certain pastries and tea. Too much ingestion is dangerous to dogs. The health effects of caffeine toxicity in dogs are similar to those of theobromine found in chocolate.