10 Toxic Foods You Should Not Feed Your Dog (Part 3)
“People” foods that are toxic for dogs.
It is so easy for dogs to get into common household items which can be very harmful for them. Remember dogs are scavengers by nature (mine is a canine garbage disposal) and will eat whatever they might find. Here is the third list of 10 Things You Should Not Feed Your Dog
First and most importantly everything you feed your dog should be in moderation; yet, these are 10 food items that you should not give your dog.
Yes, I am sure that some dogs have eaten some of the above items and lived to tell about it. . .without harmful side effects. However, purpose of this article to help dog owners become aware of the items that should not be given to our beloved buddies and the reasons why! We believe it safest to err on the side of caution, that is why our lists are so stringent. Always, always check with your vet first!<br><br>
Alcohol – alcohol can cause intoxication leading to coma and sometimes death.
Avocado – Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark contain a toxic principle known as Persin. The Guatemalan variety, a common one found in stores, appears to be the most problematic. Other strains of avocado can have different degrees of toxic potential.
Dyes and other chemicals – just like human food, many foods contain dyes and other chemicals. BHA for instance, which is a frequently used synthetic antioxidant preservative is used to prevent food discoloration. BHA, at certain doses, has been observed to cause cancer at certain doses. It is unclear in small doses, yet since dog food is eaten daily, caution is advised.
Fat – fat trimmings can cause pancreatitis
Grapes – grapes and raisins contain an unknown toxin which can damage the kidneys. Grapes and raisins are not good for dogs, especially the smaller breeds.
Lemon seeds– The stems, leaves, peels fruit and seeds of citrus plants contain varying amounts of citric acid, limonin and oils that can cause irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression, if ingested in significant amounts. However, the consumption of one or two seeds here and there would typically not be expected to cause serious problems beyond perhaps minor stomach upset.
Macadamia nuts – these nuts contain an unknown toxin affecting the muscles, nervous and digestive systems.
Moth balls – are extremely toxic to dogs because they contain naphthalene which can cause seizures and tremors
The fourth list of “10 things not to Feed Your Dog” will be coming soon.