You may be tempted to feed your dog scraps from the table while you eat,
or maybe you make your own dog food at home. No matter what, it’s
important to remember that there are certain foods that
veterinarians have determined are unhealthy or even toxic for dogs to consume. Here
are a few things that you should never give your dog.
Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins make tasty treats for people, but these same gifts
from nature can lead to kidney failure in dogs. Some dogs may eat grapes
and raisins without any problems in one instance, and then become seriously
ill the next time they consume them. Problems seem to be somewhat unpredictable.
Symptoms of toxicosis and kidney problems include vomiting, fatigue, and
diarrhea; as the problem worsens, the dog may become increasingly lethargic,
refuse food and water, become dehydrated, and urinate more frequently
and then stop urinating completely. If you notice these symptoms in your
dog, bring him to an
emergency veterinarian immediately.
Raw Bread Dough and Hops
Raw bread dough and hops are both very harmful to dogs. Raw bread dough
contains live yeast, which can multiply in your dog’s stomach, causing
the dough to expand. This will cause the stomach to expand as well, resulting
in problems with other organs. The yeast can also produce alcohol, leading
to alcohol poisoning. Symptoms include a distended abdomen, bloating,
disorientation, vomiting or an attempt to vomit, and seizures. Hops can
cause your dog’s body temperature to rise to dangerous levels, leading
to multiple organ failure. Symptoms of hops poisoning include restless
behavior, excessive panting, and seizures.
One of the newest artificial sweeteners is a chemical called xylitol,
which is very toxic to dogs. Xylitol is ever more commonplace now and
can be found in sugar-free chewing gums, baked goods, certain toothpastes,
and children’s vitamins. Ingestion of xylitol can cause your dog’s
blood sugar level to drop rapidly, resulting in disorientation, seizures,
and liver failure.
At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer
emergency veterinarian services in Dallas and McKinney. We have been providing comprehensive care to the pets in our community
for over 20 years. Call us today at (469) 759-7620 (north Dallas) or (972)
529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco) for more information or to make an appointment.