It’s hard to avoid giving your dog your food, especially when they give you those puppy eyes! But some snacks that we can enjoy without a worry can be very toxic to dogs, so these are the ones to avoid. If you think your dog has had any one of these foods, we recommend contacting your vet.
Chocolate, in the same way that caffeine does, has a stimulating ingredient called Theobromine, which is toxic in dogs. It’s found in milk, white and dark chocolate, with the highest dosage in dark. After eating the effects can show from 4 to 24 hours, having detrimental effects on the nervous system, kidneys, heart and gut. The symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, restlessness, and seizures.
Grapes and raisins are known to have detrimental effects on your dog’s kidneys, even causing kidney failure. The toxic substance is unknown, but definitely one to avoid.
These are more toxic to cats than they are to dogs, but still can still be toxic if large amounts are consumed. At worst, it can cause red blood cell damage, but gastrointestinal irritation is more likely.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in a lot of human food products. If a dog were consume xylitol it can even have deadly effects, as well as a rapid decline in blood sugar and permanent liver damage. It can also cause an increase in insulin, resulting in hypoglycaemia, symptoms being lethargy, vomiting and loss of coordination.
If your dog has consumed large amounts of salt it can result in sodium ion poisoning. If they have had too much, symptoms are usually excessive thirst and urination, vomiting, diarrhoea and a high temperature. It can even cause fatality in extreme cases.