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10 Foods That Will Make Dogs Sick

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10 Foods That Will Make Dogs Sick

Nearly every dog owner has walked in on this horrible situation. The dog was left alone for just a few minutes too long and now the kitchen floor is absolutely covered in a week’s worth of garbage. Besides the absolute disaster zone that needs to be cleaned up, the real issue at hand is that you don’t know if your dog has eaten anything harmful! Just because a treat is human approved does not mean the same for our beloved pets. Dogs love getting into everything they aren’t supposed to which can often result in some pretty messy and potentially harmful situations. Today this list is helping navigate the world of helpful and harmful treats by counting down the 10 Foods That Will Make Your Dog Sick.

10. Milk

Many of the reasons listed against milk consumption for dogs are extremely similar to those listed against human milk consumption. The main culprit in both scenarios is lactose intolerance. While most humans experience lactose intolerance to varying degrees, many will be surprised to know that their pup is probably going through similar symptoms! Everything from bloating, to vomiting, and diarrhea can be experienced. While dairy products in general should typically be avoided, more solid treats such as cheese, yogurt and ice cream can be easier for a dog to process than the pure milk itself. Although the canine and human bodies are so different in many ways, it is amazing how both bodies experience the same difficulties in processing milk! Don’t forget that one of the most common side effects of lactose intolerance is actually a stomach ache. Although it may seem like an act of kindness, sharing milk with dogs is actually making them physically ill and causing them unnecessary pain. So although a puppy may appear desperate for the leftover milk from a morning cereal bowl, as owners, it’s best to avoid giving into those sad puppy eyes and instead provide an alternative treat for the world’s most well loved pet.

9. Cooked Bones

Although the phrase, “Like a dog with a bone” has been around for decades, it’s extremely important that a dog is never given cooked bones. This refers to bones of any kind – including chicken, pork and beef bones. Although images of dogs with bones have filled cartoons for years, Pluto’s bones must have been raw as Mickey would have been putting his pooch at great risk if he was giving Pluto leftover dinner bones. When bones are cooked, they take on a different texture and consistency in comparison to raw bones. Cooked bones immediately become brittle and are able to crack into thousands of tiny pieces. If a dog is chewing on a cooked bone, choking is only one of the major concerns that an owner will have to watch for. If shards of bone are digested, the entire digestive system is immediately put at risk. Sharp bone pieces can possibly cut along a dogs intestinal track or even in the mouth, stomach, and throat. Raw bones are considered safe, but it is still important you closely monitor the dog, only allow 10-15 minutes of bone play at a time, and ensure that the bone is suitable for the dog’s size. It is crucial that large dogs are given suitably sized bones to prevent the risk of a choking incident. If the correct bone is provided, it can be one of the world’s best treats and one of the most natural options for your furry friend!

8. Alcohol

Most of the items on this list, while harmful to dogs, are completely safe for human consumption. However, just as alcohol can cause serious damage to a person when consumed consistently or in mass quantities, the effects are even more potent on our canine companions. When consumed, the ethanol within the alcohol has the ability to cause terrible side effects such as confusion, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and decreased breathing, just as can be seen with humans. When consumed in mass quantities, it has the ability to cause serious bodily harm and even death. The size of the dog and how much alcohol consumed is a major factor in determining the effects of a boozy beverage on your best bud. This means that as with many toxins, the smaller the breed of dog, the more susceptible it will be to potentially damaging side effects. The good news is that dogs are not naturally attracted to alcoholic beverages and typically are deterred by the smell. However, fruit beverages in addition to sweeter and creamier beverages containing alcohol are more likely to entice a thirsty pup looking for a sweet treat. Whether it’s a romantic bottle of wine between a couple or a blaring party full of red solo cups, it’s usually best to keep the alcohol out of a dogs reach in order to remain on the safe side.

7. Corn on the Cob

While many of the listed items focus on toxicity as the main issue in terms of potential detriments to doggy health, corn on the cob has been added to the list for the physical threats that the actual cob itself can produce. Although corn is a staple ingredient in many dog foods and corn pieces can also be given to most canines without worry, the cob itself produces a few seriously dangerous situations for our canine allies. The first and most obvious threat would be the possibility of choking on the actual cob itself. To anyone who’s watched their dog, especially a larger breed, quickly swallow down a whole sandwich in a bite or an entire bowl of dog food in a few gulps, the possibility of a cob choking hazard does not seem that far-fetched! Even potentially more dangerous, if the dog is actually able to swallow the cob, or large pieces of it that have broken off, he or she will be at risk for an intestinal blockage. Since the cob itself does not break down with the same ease as the kernels, it poses a serious risk to clog anywhere along the gestational tract. This can lead to much more serious health problems involving potential surgery for removal. The next time your dog is looking up at you with puppy dog eyes for a piece of that buttery corn at a backyard BBQ, try and throw him a piece of your burger instead. You’ll both feel a lot happier about the decision!

6. Coffee

The toxic ingredient inside coffee is actually the same ingredient that humans now crave more than any other drug in the entire world – caffeine! Caffeine fills sodas, chocolates, energy drinks, and teas but it is most pure in its potentially most popular form, coffee itself! Although many people are practically unable to get their day started without a hot cup of joe, coffee is one of the most harmful foods that a dog can consume. Caffeine is highly toxic to dogs as their bodies are unable to process the chemical in the same way as humans. While a dog licking up some spilled tea or coffee is unlikely to experience any serious complications, eating caffeine in its more pure forms, such as tea or coffee grounds, has the potential to cause serious issues. For smaller dogs, the risk of complications and death is heightened exponentially as their little bodies have such a difficult time processing the large amounts of caffeine. Always be sure to dispose of coffee and tea grounds immediately to keep curious pets from getting too close! The important thing to do if a puppy in the home has digested too much caffeine is to contact an emergency veterinarian. It is always best to be safe than sorry, especially when talking about man’s best friend! A great trick in the mornings is to drink your coffee and fill your puppies water bowl at the same time! 

5. Avocado

Avocado toast is all the craze for people at breakfast time, but unfortunately this tasty way to start the day should be avoided for the furry friends at our feet. While the reports are conflicting about the damage to canine health from avocados, it is usually best to avoid any questionable foods, especially with such abundant options for dogs in the grocery and pet store aisles. The toxin present in avocados is known as persin. In certain animals, small quantities have been known to be quite dangerous, however luckily when it comes to dogs, typically small amounts are unlikely to cause any negative effects. But, like any toxin, the more that is eaten directly relates to an increased chance of developing side effects. In addition to the dangers from toxins, avocados present serious choking hazards when it comes to the pit and skin so it is always best to monitor your dogs if you have any avocado trees growing around the home or property. Finally, avocados are an extremely high fat food. Although this is a natural and healthy fat, dogs who are being monitored with regards to weight gain should absolutely avoid these high calorie snacks that humans have become so enamored with. At the end of the day, a little avocado is unlikely to do any serious harm to a pooch’s health, but it’s still one option that should be avoided with other more flavorful fresh treats available.

4. Onions

One of the most surprising additions to this list is probably a food that many pups have accidentally consumed at one point or another, onions! As such a staple in many owners’ diets, the onion is a base for many dishes prepared and consumed. Unfortunately for our fluffy little friends, the onion is not as much of a hero in the dog diet. In fact, a toxin in the onions that is not threatening to humans but dangerous to dogs is known as n-propyl disulfide. In a dog’s body, this toxin can cause serious damage to a dog’s ability to process oxygen as it clings to his or her red blood cells. Sadly for our canine friends, the tears that come with cutting onions isn’t the only painful part about them. The good news is that in small doses, an onion is unlikely to do as much damage as some of the other foods on this list, however they still need to be avoided. Onions have the ability to build up toxicity slowly in a dogs body leading to slowly worsening symptoms, meaning it is best to stick to another snack for your loyal friend. Who really wants a puppy with stinky onion breath anyway?

3. Macadamia Nuts

Unlike many of the known toxins on this list, the dangerous factor in macadamia nuts has yet to be discovered. More curiously, its negative effects seem to be mostly recorded in dogs only, leaving a very strange situation for researchers to try and uncover. Whatever the cause, macadamia nuts have been recorded as creating horrible side effects on a dog’s health. These side effects can include vomiting, diarrhea, weakness and even depression. In the most severe of cases, intense shaking fits and entire mobility loss can also be witnessed. It’s important to recognize that with macadamia nuts, the amount consumed and the size of the dog can have major effects on how the dog handles a macadamia nut mishap. This means that smaller dogs are particularly at risk when it comes to accidental macadamia nut consumption. The most important thing to do if a dog eats something dangerous is to remain calm and take them as quickly as possible to the local veterinarian or animal hospital for assistance. When caught early, puppies have a good chance of a full recovery with proper assistance so make sure you give your doggy lots of attention!

2. Chocolate

One of the most well known foods to keep away from dogs is one that we as humans adore more than almost any other ingredient on earth – chocolate! While many items on this list are quite surprising in regards to their effects on dogs, chocolate is well known by many to be one of the worst things a dog can get into. Many are probably thinking that their dogs have accidentally gotten into that hot tray of brownies on the counter or the half eaten chocolate bar forgotten in a coat pocket and have had zero reaction. Toxicity depends on the amount of chocolate consumed and the size of the dog, therefore it is important to closely monitor the dog to watch for any potential side effects. The level of consumed caffeine and theobromine, two chemicals found within chocolate, are to blame for the potentially disastrous consequences. Dogs are unable to process these chemicals the same way that their human companions can –  meaning that they should never be given chocolate as a treat, no matter how big those puppy dog eyes get! The most common signs to look for if a dog accidentally gets into chocolate are vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness and increased agitation, high heart rate and extreme thirst. More serious signs of toxicity include tremors and seizures and if the owner is not vigilant to seek care immediately, the dog may face serious consequences. Always be sure to check with a veterinarian immediately if you are concerned about any possible canine chocolate chow-downs at your home!

1. Grapes & Raisins

For all those pet owners who love sharing with their dogs, it is absolutely crucial that you listen up when we tell you about the number one item on the list. While most of the foods on this list are probably common sense, this next one is highly toxic to dogs and a regular staple in the human diet. While humans will typically avoid giving their dogs overly processed snacks, alternatively, healthy fruits and vegetables are a favorite among owners and trainers. While most fruits and vegetables can be consumed safely, grapes and raisins are one snack that must not be shared out of that giant bowl of fruit salad. Despite years of research, scientists are still unaware whether the toxicity lies in the grape’s skin or flesh so it is best to just completely remove them from a dogs diet. Toxicity from raisins and grapes have been known to cause side effects such as loss of appetite, dehydration, diarrhea, lethargy, and vomiting, just to name a few. If untreated, dogs can even experience kidney failure which can result in death in the most extreme circumstances. While this is the most dire of cases, anything this toxic to man’s best friend should be avoided at all costs! Next time, skip out on any grapes and instead throw your furry friend a blueberry!

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