Toxic Dog Food List

Our South Wilton vets know that loving dog owners enjoy giving their canine friends little treats now and again, but it is important to know that not all treats are ok; a surprising amount of the food people consume is actually toxic to dogs!  In today's post South Wilton Veterinary Group discusses the toxic dog treats list you need to avoid.


10 Foods You Should Never Give Your Dog

Please note that this list is just a summary of some of the most common foods that are toxic to dogs, it is not a comprehensive list. To find out more about which foods are toxic or poisonous to dogs, speak to your South Wilton vet.

Garlic, Onions & Chives

Garlic, onions, shallots, and chives contain substances that may cause anemia and damage red blood cells. The onion family is toxic to dogs both when raw and cooked; signs of illness may take several days to become apparent, so keep close tabs on your onions while cooking around your dogs.

Alcohol

Alcohol can cause intoxication in dogs. An incredibly small amount of alcohol is all it takes to cause vomiting, diarrhea, and, in extreme cases, damage to your dog's central nervous system.

Grapes & Raisins

Grapes and raisins may cause severe liver damage or even kidney failure in dogs.  It's important not to leave grapes or treats with grapes or raisins in them where dogs can get them; your canine companion will be most grapeful for your diligence  

Chocolate

A sweet snack for people, chocolate is not such a sweet time for dogs. Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine which can cause kidney failure in dogs.  Dark chocolate is particularly rich in theobromine

Corn On The Cob

While corn kernels themselves are not toxic to dogs, should they swallow the cob it may cause a serious blockage in your dog’s intestine.

Tobacco

You may be wondering, wait, tobacco isn't food?  And you'd be right, we both know it isn't food, but your friendly dog does not!. Tobacco is devastatingly toxic to dogs, so it is critical not to leave any within their reach. Symptoms of tobacco poisoning in dogs include vomiting, abnormal heart rate, tremors, and weakness.

Xylitol

The artificial sweetener called Xylitol may cause vomiting, loss of coordination, seizures, liver failure, and possibly hypoglycemia which can lead to loss of consciousness or even death in extreme cases.  Some foods that are commonly given as dog treats, like peanut butter, can contain Xylitol based on the brand, so it is important to check the nutrition label before giving anything to your dog.  

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts contain a toxin that can affect your dog’s muscles and nervous system resulting in weakness, swollen limbs, and panting.

Avocado

Avocados not only single-handedly lead to millennials destroying the economy, they are also highly toxic to dogs. Avocado leaves, fruit, and seeds contain a substance called persin which may cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

Cooked Bones

It might seem counter-intuitive, you've likely always been told that all a good dog wants is a bone to chew on, but giving your pup cooked bones is a recipe for disaster. Cooked bones splinter easily and often lead to a perforation of the gut when given to dogs, an injury which is liable to prove fatal.

toxic dog food list toxic dog treats listLooking for a vet in South Wilton?

We're always accepting new patients, so contact our veterinary hospital today to book your pet's first appointment.

Contact Us

Related Articles   View All

Dog Dental Care: How To Clean Your Dog's Teeth

Should I brush my dog's teeth? Yes! Just like humans, oral health and hygiene are important to our canine friends. Regular dental checkups and at-home brushing can help prevent oral health issues that could lead to serious, painful conditions for your pup. 

Ultrasounds for Dogs and Cats: Everything You Need to Know

So you've just discovered that your cat or dog requires an ultrasound procedure. What exactly does that even mean? And how can it help your pet? Here, our South Wilton vets described how we perform ultrasound procedures on pets, how to prepare your pet for the procedure and what kinds of conditions can be detected with this testing.

PET/CT Scans for Dogs & Cats

To help you understand why your dog or cat may need a CT scan or PET scan our South Wilton vets explain a little about what PET/CT technology is used for and what you should expect when you take your four-legged friend in for a CT/PET scan. 

If you suspect your dog has ingested any of the foods listed above contact South Wilton Veterinary Group for consultation.  Do not hesitate in cases of potential poisoning, if it is after hours, we encourage you to reach out to an emergency veterinary hospital for immediate treatment.

South Wilton Vet

Looking for a vet in South Wilton?

We're always thrilled to welcome new patients into our veterinary family! Contact us today to get started.

Book An Appointment

(203) 762-2002