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10 Foods Poisonous to Pets

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Sugarless Candies (products sweetened with xylitol)

This compound can cause liver damage and even death in some more vulnerable dogs. Xylitol is in many products including gum, candy, sugar-free cookies and toothpaste.

Macadamia Nuts

These nuts can cause weakness, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Symptoms generally last up to two days, and usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion.

Alcohol, Chocolate, Coffee

According to the ASPCA, the substances in chocolate, coffee, and caffeine, methlxanthines, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, and potentially death in pets. The higher the cocoa percentage, the more dangerous the chocolate is, making dark chocolate more toxic than milk or white chocolate. All these products can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even death.

Next: 17 Most common poisonous plants and what to do if your pet eats toxic substances

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.

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7:51PM PST on Nov 29, 2014

My partner and I have built an Android app "Can Dogs Eat" that is a comprehensive quick reference guide to what human foods and drinks are dangerous or safe for dogs to eat that dog owners can have on hand anywhere, anytime. Used in over 10 countries!

The idea for the app was prompted by a scary experience earlier this year when a friend's puppy wolfed down a bowl of macadamia nuts before any of us could react (Charlie Brown the Chocolate Lab made a full recovery after an expensive emergency trip to the vet to induce vomiting).

It has a huge database containing common food and drink products (currently over 470+) and allows you to simply search for a specific product or alternatively, scroll or swipe through the alphabetical list.

We would be so grateful for your support to help us get this project off the ground.

You can download from the Google PlayStore using this link:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.quagtech.candogseat.app

We also made a Facebook page which you can like:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Can-Dogs-Eat/1701570856735459

Follow us on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Can_Dogs_Eat

The Apple version for iPhone and iPad users is on the way and will be available from the iTunes store soon. We also are building a Windows Phone version and a website.

Like our Facebook page or follow us on twitter to be notified of announcements :)

4:15PM PST on Nov 19, 2014

No, I am not scrolling through 3 pages to be told things I probably already know - and that's not a risk to my pets - I'm away from home so often it wouldn't be fair for me to have a pet.

I'm glad the article mentions salt - especially poisonous to birds, so please don't put salted peanut on the bird table.

If horses get colic it can kill them. Two things people might think of giving horses the other side of a fence are grass clippings - they swallow them too fast and colic, and wheat - I believe it swells inside their stomachs - horses have small stomachs.

I can imagine Joe Bloggs, who thinks he is being kind to horses he doesn't know, saying: "But they are enjoying it!" Yes, they are like kids in a sweetshop!

3:55AM PST on Nov 2, 2014

good information, thank you

12:49AM PDT on Oct 24, 2014

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11:25AM PDT on Oct 23, 2014

Thank you for the info.

4:40AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

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1:04PM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Thank you; good to know.

8:09AM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Thank you!

8:32PM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

thank you
I took note

12:15PM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

I used to make treats for my dogs with peanut butter, garlic, and brewer's yeast. This helped repel fleas. Never had a problem with any of them. Of course, the dogs only got one -unshelled pecan sized treat a day, and they're good sized dogs. I cook the yolks of eggs when I make myself egg-white omelets and share with the dogs. That's not a daily thing either. My dogs have survived me as a mom. So have the two legged children. Hmmmm.

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