Do you have trouble resisting those big brown eyes and that cute doggy grin when you're having a snack? In this episode of Rescue Me, I’m going to share 14 things your dog should never eat and human foods you should never share. We’ll look at why these foods can hurt your furry friend and what to do if they accidentally ingest some.


#1: Xylitol

If you’re wondering whether a little treat is really that bad for your dog, it depends on what it is and what’s in it. If your dog eats any of these foods, please document the time and how much they ate, and then call your vet immediately. If you don't have a vet, the ASPCA has a poison control number you can call to get help.

The first thing your dog should never eat is Xylitol. While this isn't a food, it's a sweetener that's in a lot of foods that we eat, including some kinds of peanut butter—and I know peanut butter is a very common thing to give to a dog. It's very important that you check the ingredients on your peanut butter and make sure Xylitol is not listed in the ingredients.

Unfortunately, Xylitol is very dangerous to dogs. It can cause a drop in blood pressure and can also cause liver failure. If your dog has anything that contains Xylitol in it, please get them to a vet immediately.

#2: Avocados

Number two is avocado. All parts of the avocado plant contain a substance called persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in your dog. Obviously, the large slippery pit of an avocado could also easily be swallowed by a larger dog and cause blockage in their intestines.

#3: Onions And Garlic

Your dog should never eat onions and garlic in any form. Whether raw, cooked, dehydrated, or powdered, garlic and onions can be dangerous to your dog. It can kill off their red blood cells and cause anemia in your dog, even if ingested just once.

#4: Caffeine

Coffee, tea, and any caffeinated products should not be consumed by your dog. Watch out for coffee and tea even in the bean or leaf form. This would also include colas and energy drinks. If you think they've ingested any of these things, get them to a vet immediately.

#5: Grapes And Raisins

Number five is grapes and raisins, which can cause liver failure in your dog. Just a small amount can make them sick, so be sure you don't give your dog something that contains raisins (like bread or cookies) by mistake.

#6: Milk And Dairy Products

The next thing to keep away from your pup is milk and other dairy products. On a hot day, it might seem like a good idea to give your dog a little ice cream or a cold bowl of milk. However, stay away from dairy products. Milk and other milk products can cause diarrhea and other digestive problems in your dog. It can also trigger other food allergies that might cause your dog to start itching.

#7: Macadamia Nuts

Number seven is macadamia nuts. Just six raw or roasted macadamia nuts could be enough to get your dog sick. Look for symptoms like muscle shakes, vomiting, and weakness in the back legs. Eating chocolate with these nuts can make the symptoms even worse—and could lead to death.

#8: Chocolate

Another dangerous food for your dog is chocolate. While most pet owners know that chocolate is bad for their dogs, many think it's the caffeine in the chocolate that causes the problem. While caffeine isn't good for dogs, it’s actually a substance in the chocolate called theobromine that causes a problem for dogs.

Theobromine is in all kinds of chocolates, including white chocolate. This substance can cause heart problems, tremors, seizures, and even death.

#9: Fat Trimmings And Bones

Number nine is fat trimmings and bones. Fat trimmings, both cooked and uncooked, can cause a dog to get pancreatitis. Even though it seems natural to give a dog a bone, dogs can choke on them. Some bones can even splinter and cause damage to the digestive system.

#10: Peach And Plum Pits

While it seems obvious that a peach or plum pit could cause a choking hazard, did you know that the pits actually contain cyanide? The same cyanide that poisons humans also can poison dogs.

#11: Raw Fish And Meat

The next food is raw fish and meat. This one's going to be a little bit more controversial because there are some people that swear by a raw diet for their pets. Even though the raw diet is becoming more and more popular, most major veterinary clinics and schools are shying away from the raw diet trends.

My suggestion is to talk to your vet before putting your dog on a raw food diet. With any raw food, the chance of food poisoning is greater. Just make sure to verify everything with your vet.

#12: Yeast Dough

Before you bake yeast dough, the dough has to rise. If your dog eats that raw dough, that's exactly what happens in their stomach. The yeast starts to rise and it gets bigger. It can cause digestive issues and lots of pain for your dog.

#13: Alcohol

Dogs metabolize alcohol a lot differently than humans do, and alcohol in even a small amount can be dangerous for your pet. It's probably better not to make a cocktail for your dog in the evening.

#14: Medications For Humans

Finally, number 14 is medications intended for humans. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen get digested differently in dogs. It's very important that you don't try and give them human medications. If they're not feeling well, reach out to your vet and they'll guide you on what medications and how much to give your dog.

Keeping Your Pets Safe

If you're concerned that your pet has eaten any of these, please reach out to your vet. There are also a couple of phone numbers you can call, including the Pet Poison Control Center and ASPCA.

I hope you found this video helpful and maybe learned a few new things. If you have any questions about your furry friends or are looking to buy or sell a home, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help.

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