A few weeks ago, we did a blog post on 10 Human Foods That Are Harmful to Cats. This time around, we’d like to bring you a similar post on 10 human foods that are harmful to dogs. You’ll notice that many of the foods appear on both lists. Read on for what should be avoided when it comes to people food for your doggie.
As you may have heard many times before, chocolate is one of the top foods that is harmful to dogs. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, theobromine can be toxic to the heart and nervous system, causing muscle tremors, heart problems, and seizures. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous.
2. Raisins & Grapes
This is one that many dog owners aren’t aware of. Raisins and grapes contain a toxin that can damage the kidneys, which can lead to sudden kidney failure.
3. Bacon and Fatty Meat
The consumption of foods high in fat, such as bacon, can lead to pancreatitis in dogs. Pancreatitis causes the pancreas to become inflamed and stop functioning properly. Additionally, these meats often contain high salt content, which can cause upset stomachs. In extreme cases, the high salt content can cause your dog to drink too much water, leading to bloating, which has the potential to be fatal.
4. Dairy Products
As dogs do not possess large amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), consuming dairy products can cause them to have vomiting and diarrhea.
Avocados contain persin which is very toxic to animals. Depending on the amount ingested, it may cause respiratory problems or gastrointestinal issues in your dog. Consumption can even lead to fluid building up around the heart. Most importantly, if you feed your dog an avocado, they run the risk of swallowing the pit. The pit is very slippery, and can easily be swallowed by dogs accidentally. Other than the choking hazard, if swallowed, it can lead to obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract.
6. Apple Cores
Once you finish eating an apple, be sure to throw out the core so it’s not left out for your dog to get his paws on. The core of an apple, specifically the seeds, contain cyanogenic glycosides, known as cyanide. Symptoms of ingesting the toxin include dizziness, difficulty breathing, seizures, shock and even coma. This also goes for plums, pears, peaches and apricots.
Alcohol is extremely toxic to dogs. Ingestion of alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination, tremors, difficulty breathing, and potentially coma and even death. Your dog should not be given alcohol under any circumstances.
8. Onions and Garlic
Although cats are more susceptible to harm from onions and garlic, dogs are also at risk depending on the amount consumed. Onions and garlic contain disulfides and sulfoxides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Other symptoms may include vomiting, weakness and breathlessness.
9. Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts contain a toxin that can cause weakness, depression, vomiting and tremors in dogs. Additional harm can include damage to your dog’s nervous, digestive, and muscle systems. Signs typically appear within 12 hours of ingestion and can last anywhere from 12 to 48 hours.
10. Raw Meat, Raw Fish & Raw Eggs
Raw meat and raw eggs can contain Salmonella and E. coli which is harmful to pets (and humans). Raw eggs contain avidin, which is an enzyme that can lead to skin and coat problems. The bacteria in raw meat can lead to food poisoning, and raw fish can hide parasites that cause fatal diseases.
A few more…
Candy & Gum, Cat Food, Corn on the Cob, Coffee & Tea, Yeast Dough, Sugary Foods, Salty Foods.
If your dog gets into any of these foods, try and determine how much was consumed, and contact your vet so they can advise you on a course of action. If you suspect that your dog has ingested alcohol, contact your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately.