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Top 5 Most Dangerous Foods for Dogs

Top 5 Most Dangerous Foods for Dogs


Everyone knows chocolate can be toxic to dogs, but did you know there are many other foods humans consume on a daily basis that are equally or even more dangerous? Here are five dangerous foods for dogs.

1. Grapes and Raisins

Neven Krcmarek

It is well documented that grapes and raisins can cause irreversible kidney damage in dogs.  The actual mechanism of toxicity is unclear, and the amount needed to cause problems can vary.  Signs of kidney failure can include anorexia, vomiting, excessive thirst and lethargy.


2. Xylitol

Patrick Fore

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in many sugar-free gums and candies.  It only takes a very small amount to cause severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in dogs, which can lead to life-threatening seizures. Xylitol can also cause liver failure and, eventually, death.


3. Macadamia Nuts


Macadamia nuts is another dangerous foods for dogs. It cause moderate to sometimes severe muscle tremors in dogs.  While these are typically not life threatening and they usually go away within a couple days, it is recommended Macadamias not be fed to dogs.


4. Raw Bread Dough


The yeast in uncooked bread dough can be harmful to dogs in two ways. The yeast can cause expansion of the stomach, compromising the pet’s ability to breathe.  It can also be dangerous because the byproduct of yeast fermentation is the release of alcohol, which can cause alcohol toxicity. Clinical signs of dough ingestion include abdominal distention, lethargy, disorientation, weakness and even coma.


5. Alcohol

Jens Theeß

Never give your dog alcohol.  Dogs often like the taste of beer, but they can be very sensitive to small amounts of alcohol which can cause alcohol toxicity, coma and even death.

Always contact your veterinarian if you are concerned that your dog may have eaten something harmful!

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2984110/
(Updated on September 29, 2017. This article was originally published on November 2, 2015.)