Most of us know that there are certain foods that people eat that can be dangerous for your dogs. A perfect example of such a food would be chocolate. But, did you know that there are a number of fruits and vegetables that are healthy for us, that may be harmful to your four-legged friend? Following is a breakdown of eight different types of produce that can be toxic for your dog.
Grapes, Raisins and CurrantsThese are great HUMAN snacks but are one of the most dangerous types of foods for your pup. For a 20-pound pup, consuming as few as four grapes or raisins can cause irreversible kidney damage. Within hours, your dog may experience:
- Abdominal Pain
- Stumbling when walking
Onions, Garlic and ChivesEating as little as a teaspoon of powdered, raw, cooked or any other form of garlic, onions or chives can cause serious health issues for your dog. Consuming these food items can destroy your pup’s blood cells, cause anemia and irreparable harm to their kidneys. Symptoms to watch for after consumption of these foods is:
- Bloody Urine
AvocadoAvocado and guacamole should be kept far away from your furry friend. An avocado tree contains persin in its fruit, leaves, seed and bark. Persin is harmless to humans but can cause a great many dangerous side effects for your canine. This includes:
- Difficulty Breathing
Persimmons, Peaches, Plums, Apricots and CherriesPersimmon seeds can cause inflammation of the small intestines if eaten by your canine. Likewise, the seeds or pits of peaches, plums, apricots and cherries contain cyanide. Cyanide is a chemical that is poisonous to humans and dogs. If swallowed by your dog, intestinal obstruction, and respiratory failure is very possible.
MushroomsThere are certain types of wild mushrooms that can be poisonous and sometimes fatal if consumed by your dog. Symptoms that your canine may experience after eating a toxic mushroom can include:
- Changes in Heartbeat
Depending upon the type of mushroom, your dog may also experience:
- Organ Failure
Tomato PlantsThe stems, vines, and leaves of a tomato plant may contain atropine and tomatine. These items can be poisonous to your dog and cause the following symptoms such as:
- Dilated Pupils
Additionally, if your canine eats an unripe tomato, gastronomical pain may occur. But, eating a ripe tomato is very unlikely to cause your pet these types of issues. If you choose to feed your dog a ripe tomato, do so in small amounts and only provide the vegetable part. A ripe, red tomato is the safest for your furry friend.
PotatoesHumans and dogs should never eat raw potatoes if they are green or have a green rim. Raw and green potatoes may contain solanum alkaloids (solanine). This can cause the following symptoms in your pet:
- Irregular Heartbeat
Just like tomatoes, raw potatoes contain harmful oxalates that can cause kidney, digestive tract and nervous system problems for your dog.
RhubarbRhubarb also contains oxalates. Consuming this plant may cause the following problems:
- Nervous System
- Digestive Tract
Rhubarb may also reduce the calcium in your dog and cause renal failure as well as other health issues.