The Most Dangerous People Foods for Dogs from The Most Dangerous People Foods for Dogs

The Most Dangerous People Foods for Dogs

The only time people should not share food with their best friend is when he or she is a dog. “They love to eat anything we are eating,” Dr. Heather Manfredi, a veterinarian at Lap of Love, says, but they can’t tell the difference between what is good and potentially fatal for them. You can’t train dogs not to eat food other people give them. “But you can train the people,” she adds. 

Onion and garlic

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“It’s very dangerous to give a dog garlic and anything in the onion family” Dr. Manfredi says. “It can cause hemolytic anemia and destruction of the red blood cells,” she adds. Some dogs are more susceptible than others. Oftentimes a blood transfusion is needed to save the life of the pet.

Chocolate or anything that has caffeine

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Caffeine, in large doses especially, can cause heart palpitations, seizures, rapid breathing, and restlessness, Dr. Manfredi says. “Similar to the symptoms in humans,” she adds. Don’t give your dog cola, energy drinks, tea or coffee as all of them contain caffeine.

BBQ sauce, ketchup, candy, gum

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The common ingredient all of these have is xylitol. “It’s a people thing,” Dr. Manfredi says. “We replaced sugar with this artificial sweetener in sugar-free products but, in a dog, it leads to a plummet in glucose levels which can cause seizers or short-term liver problems,” she adds. She warns that xylitol is also found in gums, dental floss, breath fresheners, sunscreen, makeup, lip balm and mints. “Dog love the fresh scent of mints and will always take some.” Also, they often find their way to these items because they love to stick their heads into purses, she adds.

Corn cobs

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Corn cobs can get stuck in the GI tract of the dog and cause a lot of problems like intestinal obstructions. Dr. Manfredi says. “They are like a cork in a wine bottle. I have removed them from dogs before.” Sometimes there may even be a need for surgery.

Raw fish

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Salmon poisoning disease is possible if the dog has traveled through the Pacific Northwest and has eaten raw trout, salmon, shad or sturgeon. The illness can be fatal if not treated. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and fever. “If you thoroughly cook the fish, you shouldn’t have a problem,” she adds.   

Grapes and raisins

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Grapes and raisins can cause acute kidney failure in dogs, Dr. Manfredi says. “We don’t really know why that is,” she adds, but the consequences are clear. Symptoms can occur between two and 12 hours after consumption. They include vomiting, diarrhea and not feeling well. It can take as little as one grape to put a dog in a clinic, she adds. 

Bones

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“Like corn cobs, bones can get stuck in the GI tract,” Dr. Manfredi says. Just recently, she adds, she had to surgically remove chicken wings from a dog’s stomach. “Also, depending on big they are, they can break the dog’s teeth.” The canine can also choke on a bone. Another reason not to give your pet bones is that they can break in pieces once inside and cause an obstruction, lacerations and irritation.

Pork

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“Pork itself as fatty meat can often cause pancreatitis, vomiting, and diarrhea,” Dr. Manfredi says. Also, pigs will eat almost anything and they don’t sweat much. These lead to an increased risk of parasite infection and a buildup of toxins that you’ll be feeding your dog if you give it pork.

Nuts

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Nuts, especially macadamia nuts which are toxic, should not be given to dogs, Dr. Manfredi says. They have too much salt, fat and oil. Eating them can cause increased heart rate, vomiting, muscle tremors and weakness.

Coconut water

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“Coconut water has too much potassium, which is not good for dogs at all,” Dr. Manfredi says. “That can cause electrolytes imbalance which then can lead to muscle weakness, depression and problems with the heart.

Avocado

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Avocado is a superfood for humans, not for their best four-legged friend. The flesh, skin, leaves and seeds contain persin, which can be toxic to all animals, depending on how much they consume. Also, dogs can actually choke on the avocado. If the dog swallows the fruit, it can actually cause an intestinal blockage.

Dairy products

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Dogs, too, suffer when it’s too hot outside, but giving them ice-cream should not be an option. Dairy products can cause vomiting and diarrhea. If your dog happens to be allergic, the symptoms can get worse. Many dogs, especially adult ones, are actually lactose intolerant.

Fruits with small seeds

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Don’t give your dog peaches, plums or anything with seeds or pits. They can cause inflammation of the small intestine or intestinal obstruction. Also, peaches and plums actually have cyanide, which is toxic.

Salty foods

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As in people, consuming too much salt causes many problems – thirst and frequent urination are just a couple. The potential consequences include salt poisoning, salt toxicity, hypernatremia, or water deprivation–sodium ion intoxication. Symptoms include vomiting, seizures, confusion, diarrhea.

Citrus

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“The stems, leaves, peels, fruit and seeds of citrus plants contain varying amounts of citric acid, essential oils that can cause irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression if ingested in significant amounts,” according to the Animal Poison Control. Depending on how much the dogs ate, the symptoms can include just minor stomachaches.