10 Dangerous Foods for Dogs

Dogs are not just pets, they are a huge part of your family. Feeding your dog a healthy and nutritious diet is one of the most important things you can do to care for them.

Certain foods are harmful to dogs, it is extremely important to ensure all caregivers at home are aware of what is safe and what is not. Here we are listing only 10 of the most dangerous foods, but there are many more foods which you should be aware of.

To save any accidents, we have created a printable Unsafe Food Poster which we recommend sticking to your fridge and informing everyone at home to refer to this list when feeding your dog. 
Note: This poster is for guidance only, if you are ever unsure please always do your own research before feeding the foodie question to your dog.

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10 Dangerous Foods for Dogs

1) Onion & Garlic: These products contain a toxic chemical called thiosulfate which is harmful to the digestive system, blood cells, and liver. Signs of illness do not always show up immediately.

2) Chocolate: This sweet delicacy is often enjoyed by us humans, but it contains a stimulant called theobromine (dark chocolate has the highest content of this) which is toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure.

3) Macadamia Nuts: Most nuts are not good for dogs, but Macadamia are the most toxic and can affect your dogs muscles and nervous system.

4) Corn on the Cob: Whilst corn itself is ok, the cob can cause a blockage if swallowed.

5) Avocado: Avocados contain a substance called Persin which is in its leaves, fruit and seed and can cause vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs.

6) Artificial Sweetener (Xylitol): With many people trying to cut back on sugar, food companies use artificial sweeteners as a replacement. Xylitol is used in many products that are labelled as low-fat, diet and sugar-free, even peanut butter can be laced with xylitol. Eating artificial sweeteners like Xylitol can cause your dog to go into hypoglycaemia which is linked to liver failure and blood clotting disorders. Always read the labels before giving any human food to your dog.

7) Grapes & Raisins: Most of us know that grapes are a no-no, but you should also be aware of raisins which are in many foods such as cakes, biscuits and cereals. The ingredient which causes the toxin is unknown, however both grapes and raisins may cause severe liver damage and kidney failure.

8) Caffeine: Caffeine can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, elevated heart rate, seizures, or death in dogs. Additionally, caffeine can lead to stomach ulcers or kidney failure if consumed regularly over a long period of time. It's best to keep caffeinated beverages out of reach of your four-legged friends!

9) Alcohol: Alcohol consumption may result in vomiting and diarrhea leading to dehydration; this can be fatal for your pup if they don't receive fluids quickly enough. Alcohol consumption might also lead to central nervous system damage. Keep those bottles locked away in a cupboard which your dog cannot reach.

10) Cooked Bones: Raw bones are amazing for a multitude of reasons, but cooked bones should never ever be given to a dog. Cooked bones can easily splinter and cause constipation or at worst, a perforation of the gut which can be fatal. Be careful when cooking any sort of meat with the bone-in, never leave it unattended whilst cooling, most dogs will do anything to get their paws on that the big chunk of meat just sitting on the counter!

What to do if your dog eats something they shouldn't

Dogs are curious and they will try to eat just about anything. As tough as this may sound, it is fully up to you to make sure that your dog doesn't eat anything harmful. Accidents happen, most of us have been there, but we urge you to take precautions to avoid these situations. If your dog has already eaten something they shouldn't, please contact your vet for guidance immediately. Your vet will advise what do based on the dogs weight and quantity eaten.

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