Whilst celebrating all things baking, as well as in everyday life, it may be tempting to share some of what you eat with your dog. However, it’s important to remember that our dogs cannot eat everything we do. What we consider to be tasty and perhaps even nutritious may be extremely dangerous for our four-legged friends.
So what exactly do we need to be aware of? We have listed some popular human foods that your dogs should be keeping their paws off!
Dogs and chocolate is a big no-no in the pet world. Chocolate contains a stimulating substance called ‘theobromine’ which is extremely poisonous to dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains and therefore the greater the risk. It’s important to be extra careful, as even small amounts of chocolate can be harmful. If your dog consumes chocolate it can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures, heart problems, hyperexcitability and fits. Signs of theobromine poisoning will occur between 4 and 24 hours after consumption.
White chocolate contains very little theobromine and therefore it is unlikely to cause theobromine poisoning. However, it is very fatty and can still make your dog ill, so should be avoided. There are lots of doggie-safe ‘chocolate’ alternatives available!
A product with caffeine in can have a similar effect on your dog as chocolate and therefore is another no no for dogs. Dogs are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than people. Signs and treatment of caffeine poisoning are similar to chocolate toxicity.
3. Mouldy Foods
This may seem like an obvious one, however, mouldy food including bread, nuts and dairy products contain lots of toxins that could essentially make your dog very ill. It’s important that dogs cannot get their paws on any leftovers or waste bins.
4. Milk & Dairy Products
Many dogs find it difficult to digest the lactose in dairy products such as milk, butter and cheese. It’s important to watch out
for tummy upsets, diarrhoea or irritating skin allergies.
Avocado contains a fungicidal toxin called persin which could give your dog a digestive upset. The large avocado stone also presents danger by potentially blocking the gastrointestinal tract.
6. Grapes & Fruit Pips/Stones
Grapes can be fatally toxic for your dog and can cause severe kidney damage, which could lead to kidney failure in sensitive canines. Dogs that already have underlying health problems are at greatest risk. If consumed, symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, dehydration and abdominal pain. This would require immediate treatment.
The pips and stones of some fruits such as apples, plums, peaches and cherries contain a chemical called amygdalin, which can cause digestive upset. Large fruit stones are also a choking hazard – particularly with puppies and smaller breeds.
7. Dried Fruit
Dried fruit, including currants, sultanas and raisins are all toxic to dogs. It’s thought that the dried forms of these fruits are more toxic than grapes! It’s not known why these fruits are poisonous and they can affect different dogs in different ways. Your dog could suffer from diarrhoea or vomiting and at worst kidney failure. This means that hot cross buns, or any foods with dried fruit in are definite no no’s.
8. Onions, Garlic and Chives
Onions, garlic and chives can cause stomach and gut irritation and potentially lead to red blood cell damage and anaemia. Onions (either raw or cooked) are particularly toxic for dogs and signs of poisoning can often take a few days to appear. If your dog seems sleepy or lethargic, it’s important to contact your vet.
9. Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob may seem like a healthy option for your dog, however, unlike most vegetables, it does not digest well in a dog’s stomach. If your dog swallows large chunks of the cob, or even whole, it can cause an intestinal blockage due to its size and shape. Signs to look out for are vomiting, loss or reduced appetite, absence of feces or diarrhoea and abdominal discomfort.
Alcohol is significantly more toxic to dogs than humans. Even small quantities of foods with alcohol in or a small amount of an alcoholic drink may cause vomiting, diarrhoea, decreased co-ordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, blood changes, coma and even fatality. It’s important to ensure alcohol remains well out of your dogs reach.
It’s important to remember that bones can potentially be a choking hazard and can cause blockages in the gut, intestinal damage and can chip or break teeth. Bones can also splinter causing internal injury. If you do give your dog bones, be sure to keep an eye of them whilst they are eating and avoid bones that are too small or cooked and may splinter easily.
12. Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs and therefore should be avoided. Within 12 hours, macadamia nuts can cause increased temperature, tremors, weakness, depression and vomiting. These symptoms tend to last for approximately 12 to 48 hours. Nuts in general are high in fats, so intake should be monitored.
13. Bread Dough
If eaten, bread dough can expand dangerously inside the stomach – causing the stomach or intestines to become blocked. Dogs should therefore never be given bread dough.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is used in sweets, cakes, toothpaste, chewing gum, diet foods and also in some forms of peanut butter – it has a laxative effect on humans. However, for dogs, xylitol could prove fatal as it kickstarts a rapid release of the hormone insulin leading to potentially fatal lowered sugar levels. Dogs are extremely sensitive and even small quantities can cause toxicity and food poisoning. The symptoms of xylitol poisoning include weakness, vomiting, a lack of co-ordination and even seizures. Xylitol has also been linked to fatal acute liver disease and blood-clotting disorders in dogs.
When getting your bake on, it’s important to remember the above list and be sure to avoid these foods.
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If you think your dog may have eaten something it shouldn’t have, it’s important to contact your vet immediately. If possible, try to provide your vet with as much information as you can, including what you think they may have eaten and when, how much you think they may have consumed and what symptoms your dog may be showing, if any.