Health & Hygiene

7 Human Foods Toxic To Dogs!

human foods toxic to dogs
Written by Reena Bakir

While we can appreciate and enjoy the delicious tastes of home-cooked meals, the tasty and nourishing food that us humans eat can be incredibly toxic to dogs and can sometimes turn fatal, and therefore one should think twice before sharing their meals with their pooch! Owners must take precautions before leaving leftovers for their dogs to munch on, considering some of the deadly effects many of these popular human foods can have on your canine friends!

Here’s a list of 7 human foods toxic to dogs!

1. Alcohol

human foods toxic to dogs

The first item on this list is alcohol, which is highly more toxic to dogs than it is to humans. Naturally, dogs bodies are not adapted to drinking alcohol like humans, therefore alcohol can cause significant damage to their stomachs and kidneys. Moreover, dogs are more prone to experiencing alcohol poisoning that humans due to their smaller sizes, therefore the risk of ethanol intoxication is incredibly deadly to dogs!

2. Chocolate

human foods toxic to dogs

While this is a popular one, it is essential to be mentioned due to its danger to dogs. Due to the theobromine contained within chocolate, the food becomes instantly toxic to dogs. Theobromine can effect a dog’s central nervous system, heart, lungs as well as kidneys and have deadly consequences.

3. Onions

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Onions, in all of its forms, can lead to incredible damage to red blood cells in dogs, often leading to anemia and extreme deterioration in health as a result. Onions contain thiosulfates, disulfides and sulfoxides, both of which are very toxic chemicals to dogs. When consumed in smaller amounts, the dogs are less likely to have adverse side effects. However, a larger portion can prove especially dangerous.

4. Garlic

human foods toxic to dogs

If garlic is consumed in small amounts, it can remain relatively harmless. In fact, if consumed in small portions garlic can have beneficial effects to your dog’s health. However, larger amounts can be incredibly dangerous. Since it is related to onions, which are also toxic to dogs, garlic can have similar destructive effect to a dog’s red blood cell count and can lead to anemia.

5. Grapes

human foods toxic to dogs

While the toxic substance within grapes still remain unknown, grapes have been found to cause kidney failure in some cases after ingestion. The main symptoms of poisoning from grapes are vomiting and diarrhea followed by more extreme side effects.

6. Macadamia Nuts

human foods toxic to dogs

While they may be a food that we love to munch on and include in our meals and deserts, Macadamia Nuts are actually incredibly toxic to dogs. Within a mere 12 hours of ingestion, the side effects of ingesting these nuts can be witnessed, including high temperatures, vomiting, diarrhea and depression.

7. Artificial Sweeteners

human foods toxic to dogs

The artificial sweetener Xylitol which often found in candy, baked goods, gums and most diet foods is toxic to dogs. Xylitol can cause your dog’s heart rate to drop dramatically, and can even lead to liver failure. This is because Xylitol cannot be completely digested by dogs, with even small amounts causing extreme damage.

 

Stay Alert

If your dog has consumed any of the above foods, taking them to the vet should be your first priority. Certain symptoms may take longer to appear, and it is always to be safe when it comes to taking care of your dog’s health and well being!

About the author

Reena Bakir

Reena Bakir is a passionate student, writer and animal lover who is a regular contributor to Chelsea Dogs.

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