There are some foods that are dangerous for dogs.Some common everyday foods and beverages could place your dog in several serious health situations, or in some cases they are so toxic that it could kill them.
To all dogs, the smell of food is more important than the taste. Your dog has over 100 million cells that work full time to smell all sorts of dangers, but it most cases they cannot sense which foods are dangerous to them.
Dogs by nature are very fast eaters as well as very sneaky eaters, and when given the chance they may eat something so quickly that you have little chance to stop them. Understanding foods that are dangerous to dogs will help dog lovers take extra precautions when working with these foods or leaving the foods unattended even if it is for only a few minutes.
Although dog’s stomach acid is extremely strong there are still several foods that poise real dangers. If you do suspect or have actually seen your dog eat some of the foods listed below and suspect they may be in serious trouble, the National Animal Poison Center’s toll free number is 888-252-7387.
Alcoholic Beverages of all kinds:
If may be funny to see your dog drink some of your beer or wine, but think again, as alcohol is toxic to dogs. Ethanol within alcohol is a danger to anyone, but dogs can not break it down the same as humans. Depending on the size of your dog, the toxic effects can occur very suddenly, or they may take some time in a larger dog, but they will occur.
Alcohol poisoning will cause a sudden weakness that can lead to a rapid increase in respiratory rate or cardiac arrest. If severe enough, it will cost your dog its life. This is not something to take lightly as owners and play around with.
Dogs love the smell and the taste of chocolate. Baking chocolate is especially dangerous to dogs as it contains a much higher level of Theobromine which is very toxic to your dog. Dark chocolate also contain much higher levels of this toxic ingredient, and if enough has been ingested, it can cut off the supply of blood flowing to the brain, causing all kinds of harm to all of your dogs organs.
Dogs that have been poisoned with chocolate will show immediate signs of muscle tremors as well as seizures. Your dog could die within 24 hours if not treated immediately.If you can’t get your dog to your veterinarian quickly, induce vomiting as soon as possible to prevent this toxin from reaching your pets bloodstream.
The recommended steps are to give your dog 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with a syringe if you have one. If not, force them to swallow all of it. If you do not have hydrogen peroxide, use 1 teaspoon of table salt, placing it as far back on your dogs tongue as you can, and force swallowing. This will also induce vomiting which could save your dog’s life.
Coffee, Tea, Cola Soft Drinks or Energy Drinks:
All of these beverages are also dangerous for dogs as they have the same ingredient, Theobromine, found in most caffeine products. Although not quite as dangerous as chocolate, they are all still potentially fatal to your dog as it will produce the same set of occurrences.
Dogs also love the smell of these nuts, but when they eat them they have a reaction called macadamia nut toxicosis. Within 12 hours of ingestion, your dog will most likely not be able to stand or will start to wobble, called ataxia. Muscle tremors, hyperthermia and an elevated heart rate will soon follow.
Although these symptoms will recede in about 48 hours, if severe enough, it can still cause shock and even death. Long term non fatal implications could be bladder stones or kidney failure from this toxin.
This dangerous food for dogs seems very innocent and even cute when it happens. But several forms of baby food will contain onion powder, extremely dangerous for your dog.
Onions, Garlic, & Leeks:
Cooked, raw, or in powder form, it makes absolutely no difference with any of these. Although all commercial dog foods have trace amounts of both onion and garlic powders, they are way below toxic levels. These are not deadly foods for your dogs, but the implications can be quite severe. All three cause anemia as they will destroy your pet’s red blood cells.
Raisins & Grapes:
Used for years by trainers as treats for dogs, very small amounts poise no real threat. However, in the last ten years this has become one of the largest sources of calls to the Animal Poison Control Center. They cause toxicity in dogs that first starts with anuria, a lack of urine production, which can than lead to acute renal or kidney failure.
Dogs love the smell of dough. The yeast in the dough swells, that is what it is made to do. Once inside your dog’s stomach, it does just that. It can lead to gas or even bloat in dogs which can take your dog’s life very quickly. It can also cause both stomach and intestines ruptures.
Fat Trimmings in Ham:
NEVER give your dog fat trimmings, although they love them.Ham fat trimmings are especially dangerous as they can cause pancreatic conditions very rapidly in your dogs.
Cold Cuts, Bacon, Vienna sausage:
This is something no dog can resist, and the danger is that most cold cuts are very high in sodium and nitrate, which can cause both kidney and digestive issues, including bloat.
Accidents can and do happen with your dogWatch them very closely when working with any of these foods or beverages and by no means think that just because you have a big dog they are immune, they are not.
Toxins are deadly to dogs and some bigger breeds may already have inherited conditions that may put them at even a higher degree of risk. If you knew something was toxic to you, would you eat it?Then pleasebe careful not to feed the above foods and drinks to your dog.
Dangerous Ingredients in Some Commercial Pet Foods
Taken from “The Whole Dog Journal” 2010
(Note: The Whole Dog Journal is a monthly publication whose mission is to provide dog guardians with in-depth information on effective healthcare methods. All topics contribute to improving the dog's health and vitality. Above all they contribute information that will enable consumers to make kind, healthy, and informed decisions about caring for their dogs. The Whole Dog Journal does not accept commercial advertising.)
WHAT ARE YOU FEEDING YOUR DOG??
Just as with people, what your dog eats affects many aspects of their behavior and health. But, we rarely think about what we are feeding our dogs, not just the brand name, but what is in their food and treats.
What we feed our dogs can have a dramatic impact on their attention span, energy level, and overall health. Unfortunately, it is difficult to come by reliable nutritional information. Most veterinarians do not take nutrition classes, and some receive benefits for selling particular brands of pet foods. However, these brands may not be the best foods for your dog.
INGREDIENTS: Here are some ingredients you should be aware of, what they are and how they may affect your dog. CORN – For some dogs, corn is difficult to digest and allergenic. Recently some dog food companies have set about defending their use of corn as a good carbohydrate source for dogs. What they have not addressed is, in a dog, corn metabolizes in much the same way as sugar metabolizes in people. So, when you feed your dog a corn based diet, it’s like feeding your seven year-old a diet whose main ingredient is cotton candy. Your seven year-old is going to exhibit dramatic energy spurts and crashes, hyperactivity, lack of attention, and is not going to be very healthy overall. The same is true of feeding your dog a corn-based diet. In addition, chemically, corn may inhibit your dog's natural ability to produce tryptophan (a precursor to seratonin).Recent studies suggest that low seratonin levels can lead to impulsive behavior, aggression and other behavioral problems. Another problem with corn is it can act as an artificial stool hardener. One of the quickest ways to tell that your dog is sick is the consistency of his or her stools. If there are ingredients in the food which are falsely making the stools firm, you may delay seeking important medical treatment for your dog. Some brands which are Corn-based are: Iams™, Eukanuba™, Purina™, Pedigree™, Hill’s Science Diet™, NutroMax™, Nutro Puppy Large Breed™, Atta-Boy™, and Old Roy™, Kirkland™.
Some of the brands which are not Corn-based are: Wellness™, California Natural™, Innova™, Royal Canin™, Canidae™, Healthwise™, Sensible Choice™, Merrick™, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul™, Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance ™, Solid Gold ™, Dr.’s Foster & Smith ™. These lists are by no means exhaustive, if you are unsure about whether your dog’s diet is corn-based, just read the ingredients label. Look for corn, corn gluten, corn meal and corn syrup. If any these ingredients are in your dog food, they are probably among the first ingredients you will see listed. While you are at it, look for beets, molasses, caramel coloring and any other ingredients which you know add sweetness. They are also very high in sugar. If any of these ingredients are in your dog food, you should seriously consider making a diet change. Do not be fooled by the fact that you are feeding your dog a “Lamb & Rice” diet or a “Chicken & Rice” diet; it may still have corn as one of its primary ingredients. In addition to their regular commercial diets, Hill’s Science Diet and Eukanuba both produce prescription diets. If your veterinarian has placed your dog on a prescription diet, you should obviously discuss any concerns about the ingredients with your veterinarian prior to making any diet changes. OTHER INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR:
It's also important to watch for common allergens such as WHEAT, SOY, AND DAIRY.
DRIED BEET PULP – Dried beet pulp is good for a dog’s digestive system, however, it is also extremely high in sugar. Some companies have started removing the sugar from the dried beet pulp. When they do this, they generally list the ingredient as “Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed).” If the sugar is removed, dried beet pulp is a good nutrient for your dog. If not, it will cause many of the same effects as corn.
BHA/BHT – BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are used to preserve fats. However, studies have linked these preservatives to various types of CANCER, including stomach, bladder and thyroid cancer. They are also suspected of causing liver and kidney dysfunction.
ETHOXYQUIN – A preservative which studies have linked to kidney and bladder cancer , and increased incidence of stomach tumors. The Department of Agriculture lists Ethoxyquin as a pesticide. DIET CHANGES:
So, you’ve read your ingredient label and have decided to make a change? ANY DIET CHANGE MUST BE GRADUAL!!!! Your dog’s digestive system (and taste) needs time to adjust. If you change your dog’s diet too quickly you may see loose stools, diarrhea, vomiting, refusal to eat or other problems.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON FOOD: Frequently, people are concerned because the foods we have recommended (or others that don’t contain the ingredients listed above) may cost more per bag than the food they are used to buying. The bag of food we are recommending may cost more than the bag of food you are currently buying. That does not mean, however, that they are actually more expensive. The foods we are recommending contain higher quality ingredients, are more nutrient-dense and more digestible. This means you can feed your dog less, and the bag will last longer. Over the course of time, you may not be spending much, if any, more for dog food. Also, as an added bonus ... you will have less “backyard” clean up. There are retailers that carry these premium brands, including many feed stores.One retailer carrying these foods is PetValu – most locations. Generally, you will not find these pet foods at the local supermarket, PetCo or PetSmart.
Please read the information below, it could affect the health of your pet.
Dog Food Analysis Website
To check out the ingredients and preservatives in the commercial dog foods you're feeding your dog, and the reviews these pet foods have received, go to this site....you may be very surprised by what you read: