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Top Toxic Foods to Dogs


Petey listening for food sounds

It’s that time of the year again – we’re cooking, baking, and having parties. It’s ok to include your fur-kids in the festivities – however, it’s NOT ok for them to enjoy the same foods as you.  Some seemingly harmless foods can be fatal.  Most people know that chocolate is deadly to dogs – but take a look at this list, and I’ll bet you’ll be surprised by several items…

If you’re a super messy animated cook like I am, you really have to keep an eye on your little darlings. Mine can sniff out goodies a mile away and can catch anything falls their way well before it ever hits the floor. Take a look at the list below – courtesy of the ASPCA


Food Reason Toxic Food Reason Toxic
Alcoholic Beverages Alcoholic  beverages of any kind can cause vomiting, decreased coordination, intoxication, tremors, coma, and even death.
Apple Cores Apple Cores are not safe for dogs. Carefully cut and peeled apples are okay but never let your dog eat the stems or the core or seeds of an apple.
Bones Bones – It’s best to not give your dog bones of any kind. They can splinter or get lodged in the  intestinal tract or can cause choking. In any case, it’s not worth an emergency room visit. Just say no to bones.
Chives Chives, are also part of the onion family and damage blood  cells.
Chocolate Chocolate affects both the heart and nervous system and can cause seizures, coma, and death! note: the darker the chocolate the more dangerous.
Citrus Fruits Citrus Fruits including oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruit, etc… can cause vomiting upsetting the digestive system.
Coffee,Tea, Caffeine Coffee – Tea – Caffeine should never be given to a dog as it affects the heart and nervous systems.
Fatty Foods Fatty  Foods – All fatty foods should be avoided especially for Schnauzers who are prone to life-threatening pancreatitis.
Garlic Garlic,  although less toxic than onions has the same effect – causing anemia in dogs by damaging the red blood cells.
Tomatoes – Green Parts (Leaves,Stems) Green  parts of Tomatoes (leaves, stems) can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
Hops Hops  which are used to make beer as well as other foods, are very toxic to dogs causing heavy panting, increased heart rate, fever, seizures and death.
Lunch Meats/Cold Cuts Lunch meats or cold cuts contain way too much salt and nitrates which can lead to digestive and kidney problems. Store bought cold cuts are bad
foods for dogs.
Macadamia Nuts Macadamia nuts cause weakness, muscle tremors, and vomiting in  dogs.
Moldy Foods Moldy foods or Spoiled foods – Dogs can die from eating moldy or spoiled foods which cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and death.
Mushrooms Mushrooms can contain toxins which can lead to death.
Nutmeg Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures and death
Onions Onions damage red blood cells causing anemia.
Peach and Plum Pits Peach and Plum Pits – the pits of fruits contain cyanide which is deadly to dogs. Other pitted fruits to stay away from are apricots, cherries, etc…
Potato Peels or Green Potatoes Potato Peels or Green Potatoes can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
Raisens Raisins and Grapes can cause kidney damage or failure in dogs.
Rhubarb Rhubarb plant can affect the digestive system as well as the urinary and nervous systems.
Walnuts Walnuts which become moldy after a rain become infected with fungus and mold that produces
toxins. If ingested, your Schnauzer can become extremely ill and possibly  die. Signs of walnut poisoning are vomiting, trembling, drooling, lack of coordination,  lethargy, loss of appetite, and jaundice indications such as yellowing  eyes and gums.
Xylitol Xylitol – a sweetener used in many human foods that can cause liver failure & death
Yeast Dough Yeast  Dough causes gas and digestive problems. It can also expand rupturing the or stomach.

All this and more can be found in the Dog Do Workbook over there on the right. Download it and let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to see covered!

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