10 Things not to feed your dog

June 21, 2013 at 10:01 am Leave a comment


1)  Chocolate, tea, coffee, caffeine – these foods and drinks contain substances that can cause severe or even fatal heart or nervous system problems and should never be given.

2)  Grapes, raisins or currants – contain an unknown toxin that can cause kidney failure.

3)  Xylitol containing gum or candy – can cause severe low blood sugar or liver failure.

garlic onion chives

4)  Garlic, onion, or chives – contain a substance that can cause anemia.  This includes garlic and onion powder in prepared foods.

5)  Corn on the cob – pieces of the cob can be swallowed and cause a bowel obstruction.

6)  Bones that splinter or can be swallowed can cause lacerations to the mouth or digestive tract or cause obstruction.

dog with raw egg

7)  Raw eggs – contain an enzyme in the egg white called Avidin, which prevents the absorption of a B Vitamin called biotin – this can lead to skin and hair coat problems.

8)  Avocado – contain a substance called Persin, which causes vomiting and diarrhea.

9)  Liver – when fed in large quantities causes Vitamin A toxicity causing bone and muscle problems.

dog with raw fish

10)  Fish – raw, canned or cooked when fed exclusively or in large quantities a Thiamine deficiency leading to anorexia, seizures, and in severe cases death.

Many of the foods listed can be used occasionally or as part of a balanced diet, but if not using a commercially prepared diet consult your veterinarian or an animal nutritionist.

Written by Dr. Landorf – Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital
Vets Corner section of Pet Sitters Associates, LLC 2013 Vol. 2 newsletter


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