As any veterinarian will tell you, dogs will eat just about anything. Unfortunately, this habit can be a bit risky. While it’s easy to find lists of foods your dog shouldn’t eat, there are some misconceptions on the subject. To make things easier on you as a dog owner, Fort Mill Animal Clinic has the facts on dangerous foods for dogs.
What about chocolate?
Whenever you think about foods your dog shouldn’t eat, chocolate is probably at the top of the list. However, it’s important to know that if your dog ingests a small bit of chocolate, they’ll probably be okay. The amount of chocolate that can be eaten without ill effects depends on the size of the dog. A good rule of thumb is to keep chocolate away from your dog and to call an animal hospital if they ingest any.
Which foods are dangerous for dogs?
There are a number of foods you should always keep away from your dog. Here are just a few to watch out for:
- Avocado – Avocados are healthy for humans but they contain the substance persin. Persin can be harmful to dogs, causing vomiting, diarrhea, and more serious side effects.
- Bones and fat – Dogs can easily choke on pieces of bone, especially chicken bones. Fat trimmings can often lead to pancreatitis in dogs.
- Caffeine – Caffeine is considered fatal to dogs. Keep coffee, tea, and other caffeinated products away from them.
- Dairy products – Dairy can easily upset a dog’s digestive system, causing them to have diarrhea.
- Grapes, raisins, persimmons, peaches, and plums – All these fruits can cause serious health problems for dogs. Avoid letting them eat any of these items.
- Macadamia nuts – These nuts are extremely dangerous, sometimes even fatal, to dogs.
- Onions and garlic – Both of these common foods can make your dog really sick.
- Raw eggs, meat, and fish – Just like with humans, ingesting any of these raw foods can give your dog food poisoning.
- Xylitol – Foods that contain xylitol (a sweetener commonly found in candy, gum, and toothpaste) can cause seizures, liver failure, or other serious health issues in dogs.
Are you worried about something your dog ate? Don’t wait; contact a veterinarian at Fort Mill Animal Clinic right away. We’re conveniently located near Indian Land and Rock Hill, SC.