There are certain groups of food or human food that you should never share with your dog. Every case is different and it may vary based on breed, weight and other factors. As a rule of thumb, you should avoid your dog getting hold of these foods toxic to dogs.

Some foods which us humans love, like chocolate, can be harmful and even toxic to dogs. Poisoning is posed a health risk and every animal has a different rate of metabolism making some things more or less dangerous.

This is a generalised list but there more be more foods or even other medicines, anti-inflammatory pills, plants and chemicals found around the home which are dangerous. Please don’t consider it safe just because it’s not on this list, always seek medical advice from your vet.

A because it’s at the top of the list but also because alcohol can cause loss of coordination, it’s acidity and associated side affects are dangerous to dogs. It can cause coma and death so avoid your birthday party ending in tears and making sure your fur friends can’t reach the punch!

There’s a compound in avocado called ‘person’ which people believe to be poisonous to dogs. It might not cause an issues in dogs however it does pose a choking hazard to dogs as the round, hard avo seed is large and can get stuck in the stomach or intestinal tract of dogs.

Similarly corn on the cob can be a huge danger to dogs. Our little girlie Rio stole a corn on the cob at a BBQ and she ended up in emergency surgery having it removed from her intestinal tract. Please, please be careful of hazardous foods but also of choking hazards.

Not sure how or why your dog would get hold of coffee but it can be severely poisonous and life threatening. A lap or two of your soda, tea or coffee won’t be enough to cause poisoning but there are other products in the household that contain caffeine such as diet pills, energy drinks and gym supplements. Keep them away from dogs and keep them locked up.

Yes, we’ve all heard this one before. This is a definite no. Chocolate has a stimulant in it called theobromine that is highly poisonous to dogs, dark chocolate has a higher amount of it too. Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing problems and seizures.

If your dog has raided the chocolate stash and you’re unsure of how much they have eaten contact your vet as soon as possible, it’s better to be too cautious if you are concerned.

Cooked bones
Bones often cause lots of debate among dog owners and whilst cooked bones themselves might not be poisonous they can splinter and be lodged in your dogs throat, stomach or intestinal tract so it’s important to be careful and rather avoid cooked bones. Be safe and smart, it’s not worth it.

Grapes and raisins
Not usually common knowledge, but grapes contain a substance that is toxic to dogs. Even a small amount can lead to kidney failure. All types of grapes, grape juice, raisins, sultanas and even currants are dangerous even in small amounts. Watch out for signs of lethargy, unusual drinking or dehydration and vomiting.

Onions, chives
No matter if they are raw, cooked or in other form onion is one of the worst things you could give to your dog. This goes for onions, garlic, chives and leeks and some breeds can be more sensitive than others but as a rule these foods are poisonous to dogs. Symptoms can build up or not be noticed for days. Drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, tummy pain, weakness, not able to exercise, high heart rate, pale gums and all symptoms to watch out for.

Xylitol (diet coke, chewing gum)
This substance is found in ‘sugar free’ products and is lethal to dogs, it causes release of insulin, kidney failure and can be fatal.

Please note that Snouts&Pouts does not accept any liability for the content of this blog. This advice is no substitute for a veterinary consultation.

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