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    Chocolate and more bad foods for dogs

    I read somewhere that chocolates should never be given to dogs because chocolate contains a "substance" that is toxic to dogs.

    Aside from chocolates, are there other foods out there that we should not give our pets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey View Post
    I read somewhere that chocolates should never be given to dogs because chocolate contains a "substance" that is toxic to dogs.

    Hello Davey!

    Chocolates contain Theobromine that dogs cannot metabolize. Dogs that consumed chocolates often suffer from heart and nervous problems which are highly risky and can lead to death.

    Aside from chocolates, Grapes and raisins are also a NO-NO since they can cause kidney failure.
    Last edited by MuzzlesMom; 08-05-2010 at 04:24 PM.

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    Thanks MuzzlesMom!

    Theobromine! had it on the tip of my tongue =). I read that it is not only present in chocolates but also in teas and colas.

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    Here are other foods that you should NEVER give your dog--

    1. walnuts and macadamia-->There have been cases when death occurred within 12 hours after consuming a considerable amount of these nuts.

    2. onions --> blood abnormalities and breathing difficulties particularly in small dogs

    3. candies or Xylitol ( a sweetener which is often used in diet products)--> cause hypoglycemia which may often lead to nervous signs including loss of coordination and seizures.

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    Are you feeding your dogs any organ meats such as kidneys and liver? Although they are very good sources of protein, excessive consumption often leads to a condition known as Hypervitaminosis A or Vitamin A Toxicity.

    Moderation is still the best way to go because these organ meats are very high in Vitamin A.

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    I remembered an article I read a few years back that cat food can be toxic to dogs. Cat food is very high in protein and fats which can predispose acute pancreatitis. It is also for this reason that dog owners should exercise caution in giving their pets fatty foods such as ham and bacon during mealtime.

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    Alcohol and hops in beer can cause liver failure, seizures, intoxication, coma, and death of dogs.

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    Apple seeds should be avoided, so if you give them an apple, core it first. There are great sites out there that detail bad foods for dogs. Do a simple google search: "can dogs eat ... blah blah" ... and you'll find many answers.



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    Informative list here. Along the lines of pancreatitis, it is important to keep all garbage cans with tight lids to keep pets from finding food scraps and gorging themselves.

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    And keep those with big paws away from kitchen counters. Of course, this doesn't apply to beagles, but my lab discovered the drippings from the George Foreman Grill sometimes back, and we've had to put in a baby gate to keep her out as a result. :}



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