5 Foods That Are Toxic to Your Dog


Onions and garlic When ingested in large amounts, onions and garlic can severely damage your dog’s red blood cells, which may lead to anemia. Japanese breeds such as Shiba Inus and Akitas are especially sensitive.

Avocados Hosting a March Madness party this month? Keep the guacamole away from your dog! Avocado toxicity can result in vomiting, diarrhea and lack of stool production.

Grapes & Raisins Keep your fruit salad and trail mix far from Fido’s reach. Grapes and raisins are notorious for causing kidney failure in dogs.

Xylitol Xylitol is used as a sweetener in products like sugar-free candy, gum, toothpaste, and mouthwash. When ingested, it can cause vomiting, seizures, and even liver failure.

Nuts A healthy snack for humans can cause temporary paralysis in dogs! Though symptoms dissipate after 24-48 hours, be sure to keep all nuts, especially macadamia nuts, away from your dog at all costs.

The most important part about being a dog owner is keeping your furry companion happy and healthy. If you avoid treating your pup to the harmful foods noted above, your dog will thank you with lots of licks and tail wags for years to come. For a list of foods that are safe and beneficial to your dog’s wellbeing, be sure to check out our recent article on six canine super foods for improving your dog’s health. How does your dog let you know it’s time to be fed? Share your pup’s quirks with us on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!

For more information on foods to avoid feeding your dog, visit petMD.

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