Human Foods That Poison Pets
- Avocado: All parts are toxic to dogs
- Chocolate: Contains Theobromine, a cardiac stimulant which can be fatal to dogs
- Fruit Pits and Seeds: Most contain cyanide
- Garlic: Contains Thiosulphate, though a small amount, so a lot would have to be ingested to be toxic. Keep in mind, it builds up in the system
- Grapes: Affects a dog's kidneys
- Macadamia Nuts: Affects the nervous system
- Mushrooms: Affect the nervous system, kidneys and heart
- Nutmeg: Can cause seizures and central nervous system damage
- Onions: Contains same toxin as garlic, though in much larger amounts
- Raisins: Same as grapes
- Sugar-Free Foods: These contain Xylitol, which can cause liver failure in dogs
- Tomatoes, Potatoes and Rhubarb: Parts of these contain oxalates, which can be toxic to dogs
Holiday Hazards For Dogs
The holidays are a very hectic time for dogs and dog owners alike and it's easy to miss some of the plants and foods poisonous to dogs specific to that time.
- Thanksgiving: Trim that turkey well and keep the gravy for the humans. Too much fat intake, especially over a short period of time, can be toxic.
- Christmas: Many of the plants used for Christmas decorating are toxic to dogs, including Holly, Mistletoe and Poinsettias. It's best to find safe substitutes.
- Easter: Lilies are highly toxic to dogs, as are Tulips.
- Fourth of July: Alcohol can be toxic to dogs so during your BBQs, do keep the beer to yourself.
- Halloween: We all know that chocolate is poisonous to dogs but excessive sugar from any source can be as well.
General Signs Of Poisoning
Though there can be signs that are specific to each toxin, the most common are:
- Abdominal Pain (your dog may whine and his stomach will be tender to the touch)
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Labored Breathing
- Swollen Limbs
Immediate Treatment of a Poisoned Pet
If your dog is exhibiting any of these symptoms or even if you just suspect he ingested something toxic, call a pet poison hot line such as the ASPCA (1-888-426-4435) or the Pet Poison Hot Line (1-800-213-6180). Your local ASPCA might also have a hot line.
If possible, have someone simultaneously call your vet or the emergency vet. They can tell you what to do immediately and prepare for your immediate arrival.
There are home remedies out there such as charcoal and sodium sulfate but it is best to get professional advice before administering these.
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