Poisonous Foods for Dogs

Sad Looking British Bulldog Tempted By Plate Of Cookies

They’re just so cute, how can you resist?

Maybe it’s those sad looking eyes, the sound of a whimper, or a carefully placed paw right on your arm.

Dogs and cats can beg for human food, looking at it as some of the best stuff out there. Although on the surface it may seem harmless, it’s important to know what foods can be potentially dangerous for your furry friend.

We’ll look at some of the top foods to keep safely away from Fido or Whiskers according to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).

Chocolate

Keep chocolate locked up and away from sight.

The CMVA states that one ounce of milk chocolate per pound of body weight is enough to cause a potentially lethal dose of this sweet treat.

Theobromine, caffeine and methylxanthines within chocolate are toxic to animals.

“A good rule of thumb is that the darker the chocolate the more toxic it is,” CVMA explains.

Xylitol

Don’t forget that candy or chewing gum in your jacket pocket. They may seem small but the ingredients within them can be very dangerous to dogs.

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol found in a variety of sweets and baked goods.

The CVMA says exposure leads to a low blood sugar crisis, liver damage or even liver failure and potential death.

Make sure to do a clean sweep of your house (including emptying those jacket pockets) to make sure Rover never has the chance to stumble upon xylitol in your food.

Raw meat, bones and seafood

What lives in uncooked food? Bacteria!

The kitchen can be a chaotic place but it’s important to keep things sanitary, for Fido’s sake! Make sure any surface that has touched uncooked meat and seafood is carefully cleaned: think countertops, cutting boards and knives. Wash your hands thoroughly before giving Rover a good scratch under the chin.

Another potential danger with meat? Bones.

“Raw and cooked bones can splinter and lead to damage, obstruction or even rupture of the digestive tract. Chicken bones are particularly problematic, as they tend to break into sharp shards,” CMVA says.

The CMVA also suggests frequently checking for recalls of treats like jerky, pig ears, calf hooves and rawhide.

Find a complete list of current food recalls here.

For peace of mind, the CMVA suggests baby proofing the home. Have locks on the cupboards and keep poisonous foods out of reach.


Remember, a small amount of food to us can be a large and lethal portion to pets.

If you’d like to learn more, read the 10 Foods You Have At Home That Are Toxic To Pets.

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