Xylitol – Artificial Sweetener
Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol.
It can cause your dog's blood sugar to drop and possible liver failure. Early symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and coordination problems. Eventually, your dog may have seizures. Liver failure can happen within just a few days.
Avocados have something called persin. Too much might cause vomiting or diarrhea in dogs.
Just a little beer, liquor, wine, or food with alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, coordination problems, breathing problems, coma, even death. And the smaller your dog, the worse it can be.
Onions and Garlic
In any form, onions and garlic can kill a dogs red blood cells, causing anemia. Eating a lot just once can cause poisoning. Look for signs like weakness, vomiting, and breathing problems.
Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine
Caffeine can be fatal. Watch out for coffee and tea, even the beans and the grounds. Keep your dog away from cocoa, chocolate, colas, and energy drinks. Caffeine is also in some cold medicines and pain killers. Think your dog had caffeine? Get your dog to the vet as soon as possible.
Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. And just a small amount can make a dog sick. Vomiting over and over is an early sign. Within a day, your dog will get sluggish and depressed.
Milk and Other Dairy Products
Milk and milk-based products can cause diarrhea and other digestive problems for your pup. They can also trigger food allergies, which can cause her to itch.
Just six raw or roasted macadamia nuts can make a dog sick. your dog may experience muscle shakes, vomiting, high temperature, and weakness in his back legs. Eating chocolate with macadamia nuts will make symptoms worse, maybe even leading to death.
Chocolate is bad for dogs. Period! Theobromine is the problem found in all kinds of chocolate, even white chocolate. Dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate are the worst. Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, can cause heart problems, tremors, seizures, and death.
Fat Trimmings and Bones
Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Don't give your dogs a bone, they can choke on it and they can splinter and block or cause cuts in your dog's digestive system.
Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums
The seeds or pits are the problem. Seeds from persimmons, peach and plum pits can cause problems in a dog's small intestine. They can block his intestines. Peach and plum pits also have cyanide, which is poisonous to people and dogs. People know not to eat them. Dogs do not.
The major veterinary medical associations do not think giving your dog uncooked eggs is a good idea. There is the chance of food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli.
Raw Meat and Fish
Raw meat and fish can have bacteria that causes food poisoning. Salmon, trout, shad, or sturgeon can also have a parasite that causes "fish disease" or "salmon poisoning disease." It is treatable but get help right away. The first signs are vomiting, fever, and big lymph nodes. Fully cook the fish to kill the parasite.
Eating too much salt, like chips and pretzels, can make your dog seriously thirsty. And it could lead to sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms of too much salt include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, high temperature, and seizures. It may even cause death.
Sugary Foods and Drinks
Sugar can make your dog overweight, cause teeth problems and it can even lead to diabetes.
Before it is baked, bread dough needs to rise. And, that is exactly what it would do in your dog’s stomach if he ate it. As it swells inside, the dough can stretch your dog’s abdomen and cause a lot of pain. Also, when the yeast ferments the dough to make it rise, it makes alcohol that can lead to alcohol poisoning.
Dogs should not take people medicine. It can make them extremely sick. keep all medicines out of your dog’s reach. And, never give your dog any over-the-counter medicine unless your vet tells you to. Ingredients such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen are common in pain relievers and cold medicine. And, they can be deadly for your dog.
Kitchen Pantry: No Dogs Allowed
Many other things often found on kitchen shelves can hurt your dog. Large amounts of baking powder or baking soda are both highly toxic. So are large amounts of nutmeg and other spices. Keep food high enough to be out of your dog’s reach and keep pantry doors closed.
If Your Dog Eats What She Should not
No matter how careful you are, your dog might find and swallow something she should not. Keep the number of your local vet, the closest emergency clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center -- (888) 426-4435 -- where you know you can find it.
If you think your dog has eaten something toxic, call for emergency help right away.