Friday, November 12, 2010

Foods to Avoid Feeding your Dog

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Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
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Q.Which foods could be dangerous for my dog?
A.
A photo of various foods dogs should not eatSome 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 avoidReasons to avoid
Alcoholic beveragesCan cause intoxication, coma, and death.
AvocadoThe leaves, seeds, fruit, and bark contain persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sourcesCan cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
Cat foodGenerally too high in protein and fats.
Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeineContain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous systems.
Citrus oil extractsCan cause vomiting.
Fat trimmingsCan 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 currantsContain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. There have been no problems associated with grape seed extract.
HopsUnknown compound causes panting, increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death.
Human vitamin supplements containing ironCan damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.
Macadamia nutsContain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
MarijuanaCan depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.
Milk and other dairy productsSome adult dogs and cats may develop diarrhea if given large amounts of dairy products.
Moldy or spoiled food, garbageCan contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.
MushroomsCan 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.
PersimmonsSeeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
Pits from peaches and plumsCan cause obstruction of the digestive tract.
Raw eggsContain 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 meatMay contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Rhubarb leavesContain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
SaltIf eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.
StringCan become trapped in the digestive system; called a "string foreign body."
Sugary foodsCan 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.
TobaccoContains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.
Yeast doughCan 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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