Surprising Things That Are Poisonous to Dogs

Shelley Wenger

You might be amazed at what could cause harm to your beloved dog.
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I recently wrote an article about surprising things that are poisonous for cats. Though most of the time, they won’t eat things that they shouldn’t, you really need to be careful about what you lay out. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, you can check it out right here.

Many of those same things should be avoided with your dogs. You want to keep them away from any chocolate, garlic, onions, and even grapes and raisins. However, that isn’t all. Here are some other things that you need to keep your dog away from. 

You may have recently heard about xylitol toxicity in dogs. This sweetener is in many things, including toothpaste, gum, and candy. It is even used in some baked goods and diet foods. 

It is really harmful because it will cause your dog’s blood sugar to drop to a dangerous level. It can also cause liver failure. Before that, you may notice that your dog is lethargic and struggling to get around. He or she may vomit and have seizures. Treatment needs to be done right away, because liver failure can occur within a few days of toxicity. 

Avocados are a popular snack that your dog needs to avoid. It has a substance called persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in your beloved dog. Persin is even in the leaves, seed, and bark, so if you grow your own avocados, you are going to need to keep your dog out of the garden. 

Macadamia nuts need to be kept in a safe place. It doesn’t take many nuts before your dog becomes sick. You may notice vomiting, along with muscle shakes and weakness. Some dogs get a fever when they eat too many macadamia nuts. 

Though many people like to give their dogs meat and bones, the truth is that the fat can cause pancreatitis. Their bodies can’t handle the fat on the meat. Bones can also cause trouble, because they can splinter and cause intestinal problems. They can also become stuck, which may require surgery in order to remove the bone, so your dog is able to heal! 

Peaches and plums are harmful due to their pits. Just like with bones, the pits can get stuck and need surgical removal. The pits also contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both our dogs and us. 

Though you may know to keep the chocolate away from your dog, you also need to keep many other things out of reach of your beloved pet. Grapes, raisins, and caffeine aren’t good for them. Xylitol is a sweetener that will cause liver failure in just a few days. It is found in toothpastes, gum, and other things. Avocados, macadamia nuts, peaches, and plums should also be kept away. You shouldn’t feed your dog fatty meat or bones. This can be very hard on them. Bones sometimes need surgical removal! 


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Shelley is a small town farm mom of two boys. She is a veterinary technician, so she is proud to write about all kinds of animals and their care. She also loves to write about writing, running a business, working from home, and much more.

Glenville, PA

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