Which Human Foods Can Poison Or Even Kill Your Dog?

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Human foods that we enjoy can  dog poison and even kill our dogs. The first rule of thumb is no human foods for your pooch – but if you decide to break that rule, you had better know the risks.

The following list of dog poisons is by no means complete, but covers many of the common poisonings that unsuspecting owners submit their dogs to, quite often with costly and even fatal consequences. Some dog poison foods are:

  • Chocolate – long considered the favorite of humans and the gods. However, all chocolate contains varying amounts of the chemical “theobromine”, which eaten by your pooch in enough quantity can spell death. Besides hyperactivity, your dog may urinate a lot, vomit or have diarrhea. Large amounts cause heart arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) and death occurs within 24 hours.

  • Onions and garlic – both contain the toxic chemical called “thiosulphate” (more in onions than garlic). Dogs who eat a large quantity of these items suffer a condition where their blood cells burst, with death occurring within 36-48 hours of consumption. Keep that pizza or garlic bread to yourself.

  • Macadamia nuts – all forms raw or roasted cause problems with locomotion often accompanied by sore and swollen limbs. The exact chemical in the nuts which causes this is unknown at this time. Some dogs are extremely sensitive to macadamia nuts, while others can tolerate more before an irreversible toxic condition occurs.

Which Human Foods Can Poison Or Even Kill Your Dog?

These are the big three food dog poisons that can seriously affect your dog. The rest of the items which follow are also toxic to varying degrees:

  • potato peelings and greenish potatoes (alkaloids);

  • yeast and yeast dough (yeast acts like a spore mold);

  • coffee in all forms, and tea (alkaloids);

  • alcohol – in any form, especially beer (the hops are poisonous);

  • leaves from the nightshade plant family which include tomato leaves, green pepper leaves, St. John’s-Wort, and evening nightshade. The leaves of the rhubarb plant are also poisonous.

  • raisins and grapes- both green and red that taken in large quantities can kill. Renal failure is usually the result.

  • broccoli – again in large amounts (your kids will be glad to hear this);

  • nicotine – from all sources can be toxic and be especially careful when spraying outdoor plants with pesticides made with nicotine in their base;

  • the stones and pits from peaches. plums, apricots and the apple core seeds (all contain cyanide);

  • moldy food – spore molds can seriously affect your dog’s overall health and some spores are toxic.

  • walnuts may also cause bladder stones in dogs. Nuts in general should be avoided as they are too high in phosphorus.

The degree of toxicity is usually in proportion to the amount given and the size of the dog. However, don’t take chances and see out a vet if you think you pet has been poisoned.

When handling these foods be especially vigilant to get rid of wrappers from chocolate bars, the peelings from vegetables, and don’t leave bowls of nuts out where your pooch can get to them.

Table scraps are garbage and that’s where they belong. No matter how much your dog begs for them, remember that not only could they have ingredients toxic to your pooch, but they may have way too much fat and salt.

Review this report with all your family members and anyone who you entrust your dog to for walks or pet-sitting. Post a copy of the  dog poison list on your refrigerator door as a reminder until you and everyone is familiar with the list.

Your dog’s life may depend on it.