Isn’t your new furry family member just the best! Getting a new dog is exciting and sometimes a little bit stressful too, especially when you’ve never had one before. There are so many new things to learn, like house training, toy safety and ensuring your pet has the most nutritious food. But while you are learning about what your dog should be eating it’s also a good idea to get an understanding of what human foods they must avoid.
At PawPad® we want to empower you to be as prepared as possible for your new arrival. See our list of toxic foods for dogs and use it to take safety precautions around your pet. If your dog does ingest a toxic food stay calm and call your vet or animal poison control such as the ASPCA. They will be able to instruct you on how to best care for your dog and let you know if they should be brought in to be examined.
Foods Toxic for Dogs
- Alcohol – consuming alcohol can be extremely dangerous for a dog. You should contact your vet or poison control if you think your dog has ingested alcohol.
- Chocolate – although humans love it, chocolate is toxic for dogs. Due to it having a higher concentration of methylxanthines dark chocolate may be even more toxic than other types.
- Avocado – in large quantities avocado can cause your dog to vomit or have diarrhea. Though a small amount of avocado will likely not harm your dog it shouldn’t be a regular treat.
- Grapes & Raisins – ingesting grapes or raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.
- Caffeine & Coffee – like chocolate, products with caffeine contain methylxanthines and are dangerous to dogs.
- Coconut & Coconut products – though small amounts shouldn’t be a problem, large amounts of coconut and products such as coconut oil or coconut water can upset your dogs’ stomach.
Macadamia nuts – ingesting these nuts can cause a variety of unwanted symptoms. Though the effects should wear off it’s best to completely avoid them.
- Onions & Garlic – these foods should be avoided as larger amounts can cause damage to red blood cells in dogs.
- Dairy Products – dairy products can cause your pet to have digestive issues. Though they are not toxic, you may wish to avoid them.
- Uncooked meats – just like in humans raw meats can hold harmful bacteria that may make your dog sick. It may be tempting to share scraps with your pup, but it’s safest to avoid uncooked meats.
- Bones – dogs can choke or obtain an injury from chewing bones. Though it may seem normal to give a dog bones they can be dangerous. Consider safer chewing alternatives such as toys or treats. Never leave a dog unsupervised when they’re eating a bone even if it’s natural.
- Chips & Salty Snacks – too much of a salty snack may cause sodium ion poisoning and make your dog sick.
- Xylitol – this artificial sweetener can lead to liver failure if ingested. Always take caution with processed foods that may contain artificial sweetener.
- Raw Yeast Dough – yeast may expand in your dogs’ stomach and cause pain and bloating. Additionally, ethanol produced by yeast can cause your dog to become intoxicated.
Always Take PrecautionsBeing aware of what foods are toxic for dogs to eat will help you keep your home safe for your pup. Always keep your dog’s safety in mind and ensure that toxic foods are kept away. Make non-dog owners aware of any harmful food when visiting your pet. Your dog’s safety is your number one priority, being aware of toxic foods is your first defense in keeping them safe.
If you’re ever concerned that your dog may have ingested an unsafe or toxic food don’t hesitate to call your vet. Additionally you may also contact the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Centre for advice on what to do with a pet that has ingested a food that may be harmful or toxic.