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JoSele Swopes JODIE57 - Nov 5, 2010

What not to feed your dogs

Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
Q. Which foods could be dangerous for my dog?
A.
Some foods which are edible for humans, and even
other species of animals, can pose hazards for dogs
because of their different metabolism. Some may
cause only mild digestive upsets, whereas, others can
cause severe illness, and even death. The following
common food items should not be fed (intentionally
or unintentionally) to dogs. This list is, of course,
incomplete because we can not possibly list
everything your dog should not eat.
Items to avoid Reasons to avoid
Alcoholic
beverages
Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
Avocado The leaves, seeds, fruit, and bark contain
persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Bones from fish,
poultry, or other
meat sources
Can cause obstruction or laceration of the
digestive system.
Cat food Generally too high in protein and fats.
Chocolate, coffee,
tea, and other
caffeine
Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline,
which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be
toxic to the heart and nervous systems.
Citrus oil extracts Can cause vomiting.
Fat trimmings Can cause pancreatitis.
Fish (raw, canned
or cooked)
If fed exclusively or in high amounts can result
in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading
to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases,
death.
Grapes, raisins and
currants
Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage
the kidneys. There have been no problems
associated with grape seed extract.
Hops Unknown compound causes panting, increased
heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and
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death.
Human vitamin
supplements
containing iron
Can damage the lining of the digestive system
and be toxic to the other organs including the
liver and kidneys.
Macadamia nuts Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect
the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
Marijuana Can depress the nervous system, cause
vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.
Milk and other
dairy products
Some adult dogs and cats may develop diarrhea
if given large amounts of dairy products.
Moldy or spoiled
food, garbage
Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting
and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.
Mushrooms Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple
systems in the body, cause shock, and result in
death.
Onions and garlic
(raw, cooked, or
powder)
Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can
damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats
are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less
toxic than onions.
Persimmons Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and
enteritis.
Pits from peaches
and plums
Can cause obstruction of the digestive tract.
Raw eggs Contain an enzyme called avidin, which
decreases the absorption of biotin (a B
vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat
problems. Raw eggs may also contain
Salmonella.
Raw meat May contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E.
coli, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Rhubarb leaves Contain oxalates, which can affect the
digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
Salt If eaten in large quantities it may lead to
electrolyte imbalances.
String Can become trapped in the digestive system;
called a "string foreign body."
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Sugary foods Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and
possibly diabetes mellitus.
Table scraps (in
large amounts)
Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced.
They should never be more than 10% of the
diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones
should not be fed.
Tobacco Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive
and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart
beat, collapse, coma, and death.
Yeast dough Can expand and produce gas in the digestive
system, causing pain and possible rupture of
the stomach or intestines.
Xylitol (artificial
sweetener)
Can cause very low blood sugar
(hypoglycemia), which can result in vomiting,
weakness and collapse. In high doses can cause
liver failure.
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