Guide to Food Poisonous To Dogs
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There are many human foods that are poisonous for dogs. These are often accidentally consumed when a dog finds candy in a pocket book or left on a counter. They are also known to eat toxic foods when rummaging through garbage, exposing dogs to poisonous foods as well as bacteria, mold and endotoxins (contained in bacterial cells that enter the dog). The best approach is to avoid feeding human foods to dogs.
Ingredients in Foods Such As Avocado, Caffeine and the Artificial Sweetener Xylitol Are All In Foods Poisonous to Dog
Click on the links below for information on specific types of food
toxic to dogs.
One or more of the following symptoms are exhibited by a dog suffering from ingesting food poisonous to dogs. For details on symptoms associated with a specific type of food, click on it using the list above. In general, symptoms of associated with food poisonous to dogs includes:
- appearing listless, lethargy
- diarrhea (common)
- vomiting (common) or retching
- bad breath
- abdominal pain (gastrointestinal upset, dog will show a hunched posture when picked up)
- blood in the dog stool
- bloat (dangerous condition that makes the stomach hard to the touch due to gas buildup, must be treated immediately)
- lack of coordination
- hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- irregular or rapid heart beat
- muscle tremors or spasms
- joint pain, lameness, stiffness, lack of coordination
- pale gums
- behavioral change (excitement, depression)
- increase in urination
- respiratory problems (faster or slower breathing)
- dilated pupils
Since the symptoms are similar for multiple types of food poisonous to dogs, see your veterinarian if you see any of the aforementioned symptoms. Cases of severe poisoning can result in death so take immediate action.
If you believe your dog has eaten food
from the garbage (or a dead
animal that was in the garbage), the best advice is to immediately
induce vomiting. Consult with a veterinarian or emergency poisoning
hot line before inducing vomiting to confirm that this is the best
course of action for your dog.
How to Induce Vomiting in Dogs:
- 1. Use hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
- Provide 1 teaspoon (5 ml) for every 10 pounds of body weight (4.5 kg).
- Repeat 3x if needed, in 15 to 20 minute intervals (stop after
vomiting occurs, no more than 3 doses of hydrogen peroxide)
Syrup of Ipecac is not recommended.
To restore stomach health you can use
(bismuth subsalicylate) every 12 hours for 2 days. The dog pepto-bismal
dosage is .5 to 1.5 ml per pound of body weight. Check with your
veterinarian to confirm the recommended dosage for your dog. The Pepto
can be administered via a
syringe. Tablets are an acceptable
alternative. As your dog recovers from food poisoning, you can provide
added support with a natural supplement such as Detox
Also provide water to restore hydration.
ASPCA Food Poisonous to Dogs (PDF Download)
Dog Toxic Foods (PDF Download)
Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs (PDF Download from Bethlehem Veterinary Hospital)
Toxic to Dogs (PDF Download)
Dog Food Poison Helplines:
Pet Poison Helpline: 1.800.213.6680 (There
will be a charge for each call via credit card)
ASPCA Poison Helpline: (888) 426-4435 ($65 charge per call)
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