Dangerous Foods for Dogs

9 surprisingly dangerous foods (starting with popcorn)

Dangerous Foods for Dogs

9 surprisingly dangerous foods

Dangerous dog foods

If you think your dog is suffering from poisoning, contact your vet without hesitation.

It is hard to resist sharing food with your dog, but while some human foods are safe in small doses, others can be extremely dangerous.

Keep cupboards closed and worktops clean, get someone to help look after your puppy if you’re going to be away for long periods of time .

1. Popcorn

Plain, air-popped, unsalted, unbuttered popcorn may be okay in small amounts. But let’s be honest: how often are you enjoying plain, unsalted, unbuttered, un-delicious popcorn?

For dogs, high levels of fat and sodium typically found in popcorn can lead to dehydration in the short term and obesity in the long term. In addition, the hard, un-popped kernels can hurt teeth and gums.

Instead, try low-calorie dog treats for a safe, crunchy snack.

2. Avocado

The true issue with avocados? The skin and leaves, which contain persin, an oil-soluble toxin that can be dangerous to pets sensitive to persin may experience “respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the heart, and even death.”

Avocado is safe if you avoid the skin and leaves—so it’s ok as an ingredient in dog foods, for example. In general, dogs are not as susceptible to persin poisoning as animals like horses, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Instead, try dog treats or grain-free dog food with added avocado. Shandell Dogs has a wide variety of dog treats you can buy.

3. Macadamia nuts

Nobody’s sure exactly what about macadamia nuts is toxic to dogs, only that they can cause vomiting, ataxia (the loss of control of body movements), weakness, and depression. In other words, macadamia nuts can make dogs very, very ill.

Thankfully, most dogs recover without any specific treatment. So if your puppy accidentally eats a macadamia nut, then a full recovery is to be expected.

Instead, try mini peanut butter chews for a healthy, nutty dog snack.

4. Grapes

Grapes are one of the most dangerous foods. Of all the dangerous foods for dogs, they are among the worst, which surprises many people.

In dogs, grapes can lead to kidney failure and even death, and it’s unclear why it affects certain dogs and not others. In this case, it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry.

Instead, try blueberries for your dog; plain, frozen, or in treats.

5. Onions and garlic

Garlic and onions belong to the Allium plant family and are toxic to dogs in any form, whether fresh, cooked, dried, or even garlic powder and onion powder.

Allium plants damage dogs’ red blood cells, decreasing oxygen flow, and can also lead to anaemia which may cause organ damage. So think twice before you slip your dog an onion ring at the drive-thru.

Instead, try dog-safe brewer’s yeast supplements or Shandell Dog treats.

6. Tomato plants (raw potatoes too)

Garlic and onions belong to the Allium plant family and are toxic to dogs in any form, whether fresh, cooked, dried, or even garlic powder and onion powder.

Allium plants damage dogs’ red blood cells, decreasing oxygen flow, and can also lead to anaemia which may cause organ damage. So think twice before you slip your dog an onion ring at the drive-thru.

Instead, try dog-safe brewer’s yeast supplements or Shandell Dog treats.

7. Coffee and tea

Theobromine, the flavourful chemical in dark chocolate, and white chocolate is toxic for dogs, but did you know that caffeine is also one of the most dangerous foods for dogs? Caffeine is a powerful stimulant, it can cause “vomiting, diarrhoea, increased thirst, restlessness and an increased heart rate” in pets.

Early treatment is key to preventing more serious problems, so if you know that your dog has ingested coffee, tea, or an energy drink, don’t wait for symptoms to show up. Get him to the vet straight away.

8. Dairy (yes, even cheese)

This one is a huge surprise: dairy can be really bad for your dog. Cheese is a popular dog-training treat, and it’s not really one of the most dangerous foods for dogs. However, too much cheese can cause constipation or diarrhoea in the short term, and in the long term, obesity and lasting gastrointestinal issues.

As with humans and dairy, some dogs will be more sensitive than others. Check with your vet if you have concerns.

Instead, use our own specification Shandell dog treats.

9. Sugar-Free gum

The problem here is a sweetener used in many sugar-free sweets and chewing gum. Xylitol is a naturally-occurring substance in popular use as an alternative sweetener—and it’s deadly to dogs.

Xylitol ingestion (dangerously low blood sugar). Be extra careful about where you store your chewing gum and double-check labels of sugar-free foods for this sweetener. It can occur in sugar-free peanut butter, sugar-free toothpaste, and other items.

The bottom line

Some people food is safe for puppies, such as lean meats, carrot sticks, and many fruits and veggies. If your dog isn’t lactose intolerant, then plain Greek yoghurt or cottage cheese can be enjoyed in small amounts, too. It’s okay to treat your dog to a nibble of your food on occasion but steer clear of the stuff with noted dangerous effects.

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