Heather Ridge Pet Hospital

5901 S. Remington Place Suite 100
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

(605)371-1600

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Dogs are notorious for their peckish appetites and tendency to eat pretty much anything that enters their peripheral vision. But while your pooch might have an adventurous appetite, it isn't in his/her favor to taste every tidbit they find on the floor (or table, for that matter). In fact, many of the seemingly harmless foods humans commonly ingest are toxic to dogs on small and large levels, and have the potential to kill your precious pup.

If you want to keep your dog healthy and happy, avoid feeding them these six foods:

Grapes
While grapes might appear to be the perfect bite-sized treat for a pooch, raisins and grapes contain specific toxins that can be fatal. While veterinary technicians are unsure of exactly what compound causes it, grapes can cause kidney failure, which proves fatal within three days time.

Chocolate
You probably already knew this one, but did you know that chocolate increases in toxicity as it gets darker? This is because both the caffeine and theobromine in chocolate can induce vomiting, dehydration, seizures, and sometimes death in canines.

Macadamia Nuts
While the reason is still unknown, macadamia nuts can cause weakness in the hind legs and difficulty walking.

Onions and Garlic
Both onions and garlic are from the allium family of vegetables -- a family that is highly poisonous to dogs. They contain compounds that damage dogs' red blood cells and can lead to weakness, lethargy, and in extreme cases, the need for blood transfusions.

Apple Seeds
While the apple itself does no harm, apple seeds contain cyanide, which is capable of inducing seizures, hyperventilation, and even coma.

Avocado
Avocados contain a toxin called persin, that can lead to symptoms such as problems breathing, upset stomachs, and fluid build-up.

If your dog happens to ingest any of these foods, do not hesitate to call a veterinary medicine specialist at a pet hospital. Even the smallest amount of the wrong food can be harmful to certain dogs.

What can my dog eat? -- Ask your veterinary practice
As a rule, always ask your pet health care specialist before feeding your dog anything other than dog food. And remember that dogs sometimes need as little as 400 calories per day, so talk to your vet not only about what you feed your pet, but how much you feed your pet. In general, you should be visiting your veterinary practice twice a year for checkups.