Last Thursday's post covered four foods that are fine for dogs to eat. Today’s post is a more extensive list of foods; ones that dogs shouldn’t eat. Each of these can have harmful effects on a dog’s health, ranging from allergic reactions to vomiting, diarrhea or even death. Be on the safe side and restrict your dog’s access to these foods - he or she will thank you!
- Alcohol, including beer, wine and liquor
- Caffeine, such as tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolate and colas
- Dairy products
- Grapes and raisins
- Macadamia nuts or foods containing macadamia nuts
- Meat fat or bones
- Onions and garlic, raw, cooked, dehydrated and powdered
- Pantry staples such as baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg
- Fruits with pits, such as peaches and plums
- Raw eggs, meat and fish
- Salty or sugary food and drinks
Also be aware of anything containing the sweetener xylitol, such as candy, gum, toothpaste and baked goods, as well as human medications, especially acetaminophen and ibuprofen - all can have serious adverse affects on your dog’s health.
In case your dog does eat any of the above, it’s a good idea to always have on hand the number of your vet, an emergency clinic and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435). If you think your dog has consumed something toxic, call for emergency help at once.
Visit the Pets & Pet Care center on my site for more tips on raising a healthy companion animal.