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HERE IS A LINK TO A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF MANY MANY DIFFERENT POISONS: ~here are the top 10 most common toxins that Pet Poison Helpline gets called about. Now keep in mind that some of these are very toxic


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Friday July 11, 2014, 7:06 pm
List of Foods Not to Feed Your Dog
Hereís an alphabetized list of foods that are unsafe and unfit for canine consumption, many of which are toxic for dogs. Weíll be updating it and adding foods as we learn more. The ones in red italics are especially dangerous and often poisonous for canines.
And be sure to look below this list for a helpful and sharable Infographic to print out and keep on your fridge.
Alcohol Ė Iím sure youíve heard of the birthday parties where the dog accidentally gets into some of the spilled keg beer, and then gets all silly to the amusement of the crowd. While it may be funny to you, itís not funny to your dog. Alcohol can cause not only intoxication, lack of coordination, poor breathing, and abnormal acidity, but potentially even coma and/or death.
Apple Seeds - The casing of apple seeds are toxic to a dog as they contain a natural chemical (amygdlin) that releases cyanide when digested. This is really only an issue if a large amount was eaten and the seed were chewed up by the dog, causing it to enter its blood stream. But to play it safe, be sure to core and seed apples before you feed them to your dog.
Avocado Ė Avocados contain Persin, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart congestion.
Baby food Ė Baby food by itself isnít terrible, just make sure it doesnít contain any onion powder. Baby food also doesnít contain all the nutrients a dog relies on for a healthy, well maintained diet.
Cooked Bones - When it comes to bones, he danger that cooked bones can easily splinter when chewed by your dog. Raw (uncooked) bones, however, are appropriate and good for both your dogís nutritional and teeth.
Candy and chewing gum - Not only does candy contain sugar, but it often contains Xylitol, which can lead to the over-release of insulin, kidney failure, and worse.
Cat food Ė Not that they would want this anyway, but cat food contains proteins and fats that are targeted at the diet of a cat, not a dog. The protein and fat levels in cat food are too high for your dog, and not healthy.
Chocolate - Youíve probably heard this before, but chocolate is a definite no no for your pup. And itís not just about caffeine, which is enough to harm your dog by itself, but theobromine and theophylline, which can be toxic, cause panting, vomiting, and diarrhea, and damage your dogís heart and nervous systems.
Citrus oil extracts Ė Can cause vomiting.
Coffee - Not sure why you would give your dog coffee, but pretty much the same applies here as to chocolate. This is essentially poison for your dog if ingested.
Corn on the cob- This is a sure way to get your dogís intestine blocked. The corn is digested, but the cob gets lodged in the small intestine, and if itís not removed surgically, can prove fatal to your dog. Additionally, too much corn kernels can upset the digestive tract as well so be cautious to not feed to much.
Fat trimmings Ė Can cause pancreatitis.
Fish Ė The primary fish that you need to be careful about are salmon and trout. Raw salmon can be fatal to dogs if the fish is infected with a certain parasite, Nanophyetus salmincola. The parasite itself isnít dangerous to dogs, but is often infected with a bacteria called Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which in many cases is fatal to dogs if not treated properly. If diagnosis occurs early on, the dog has a great chance of recovering. Cooked salmon is fine as it kills the parasite.
Grapes and raisins Ė This is one that lots of dog owners are unaware of. Grapes contain a toxin that can cause severe liver damage and kidney failure. Weíve heard stories of dogs dying from only a handful of grapes so do not feed your pup this toxic food.
Hops - An ingredient in beer that can be toxic to your dog. The consumption of hops by your dog can cause panting, an increased heart rate, fever, seizures, and even death.
Human vitamins - Some human vitamins are okay to use, but the key is comparing the ingredients (all of them Ė active and inactive) to the vitamins your vet subscribes for your dog (often you can get the human equivalent for much less money). Make sure thereís no iron Ė iron can damage the digestive system lining, and prove poisonous for the liver and kidneys.
Liver Ė In small amounts, liver is great but avoid feeding too much liver to your dog. Liver contains quite a bit of Vitamin A, which can adversely affect your pupís muscles and bones.
Macadamia nuts Ė These contain a toxin that can inhibit locomotory activities, resulting in weakness, panting, swollen limbs, and tremors as well as possible damage to your dogís digestive, nervous, and muscle systems.
Marijuana Ė Not that you would pass the bong to your dog, but if you do, you should know that it can adversely affect your pupís nervous system and heart rate, and induce vomiting.
Milk and dairy products Ė While small doses arenít going to kill your dog, you could get some smelly farts and some nasty cases of diarrhea. Why? Dogs are lactose intolerant (as are an increasing number of humans today), and donít have enough of the lactase enzyme to properly digest dairy foods. If you really need to give them dairy, look into lactose-free dairy products.
Mushrooms - Just as the wrong mushroom can be fatal to humans, the same applies to dogs. Donít mess with them.
Onions and chives Ė No matter what form theyíre in (dry, raw, cooked, powder, within other foods), onions are some of the absolute worst foods you could possibly give your pup (itís poisonous for dogs, and its even worse for cats). They contain disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate), both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells.
Persimmons, peaches, and plums - If you live in an area that is home to persimmon, peach, or plum trees, look out. Persimmon seeds and peach and plum pits can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis. Youíll want to make sure there arenít any wild persimmon or other fruit trees that produce seeds growing in your backyard. If you notice your dog pooping all over the place, and see a bunch of seeds or pits in their waste, youíll need to break out the saw and chop down some trees.
Rhubarb, and tomato leaves Ė These contain oxalates, which can adversely affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
Raw fish Ė Another vitamin B (Thiamine) deficiency can result from the regular consumption of raw fish. Loss of appetite will be common, followed by seizures, and in rare instances, death.
Salt Ė Just like salt isnít the healthiest thing for humans, itís even less healthy for dogs. Too much of it can lead to an imbalance in electrolyte levels, dehydration and potentially diarrhea.
String - While not a food itself, foods can often contain or be similar to string (ie. meat youíve wrapped for the oven). If your dog were to eat a string, it could get stuck in their digestive tract and cause complications.
Sugar - This applies to any food containing sugar. Make sure you check the ingredient label for human foods Ė corn syrup (which is a less expensive form of sugar or glucose) is found in just about everything these days. Too much sugar for your pup can lead to dental issues, obesity, and even diabetes.
Tobacco - A major toxic hazard for dogs (and humans). The effects nicotine has on dogs are far worse than on humans. Nicotine can damage your pupís digestive and nervous systems, increase their heart rate, make them pass out, and ultimately result in death.
Xylitol Ė A sugar alcohol found in gum, candies, baked goods, and other sugar-substituted items, Xylitol, while causing no apparent harm to humans, is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure, even death for your pup.
Yeast (on its own or in dough) - Just like yeast rises in bread, it will also expand and rise within your pupís tummy. Make sure they donít get any. While mild cases will cause gas, lots of farting, and discomfort Ė too much of it could rupture their stomach and intestines.

Animae C (509)
Friday July 11, 2014, 7:33 pm
Thank You Kelly & Marie for the comprehensive list.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 8:32 am
Great info-thx Kelly+Marie

Athena F (131)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 1:30 pm
thank you

Ilona V (0)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 2:55 pm
Thanks Kelly & Marie for sharing this important info.

Taylor Story (17)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 11:16 pm
Thank you for educating pet owners!!

Ana MESNER (201)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 12:06 am
Thank you Kelly for posting.

Katherine May Williams (0)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 12:51 am

Sonia Minwer Barakat Reque (59)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 5:43 am
Great info very helpful,thanks for sharing
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