Are some dangerous foods for dogs in your kitchen right now? I bet yes. Maybe all of them! By educating yourself you can choose what to have in your home and how to store some items so everyone is safe.
#1 on the list may surprise, did you know these were a risk?
GRAPES AND RAISINS
Yes – grapes and raisins! Really. And it seems to be increasing. I store raisins in my kitchen up and out of reach. I handle them like what they are: Poison for my dog. They are never left on the counter. I use them then put them away. All that said, I don’t even have any in my home right now and have no plan on buying more anytime soon. I use dog-harmless dried fruits in my oatmeal now.
What can they do? Kidney failure and death. And… (if you need more) there is no antidote.
As with all things, the smaller the dog, the bigger the risk. If you think your dog may have gotten into either grapes or raisins, call your veterinarian immediately!
Most people know chocolate can be dangerous to a dog, well this sugar alcohol is about 100x more toxic! With some brands of sugar-free gum, a few pieces can trigger severe hypoglycemia and a pack can result in liver failure.
I do not keep any xylitol products in my home and purse. Sugar-free mints or gum (non-xylitol) are kept in the glove compartment of my car.
Chemicals called methylxanthines are the issue here. These can impact your dog’s heart, causing it to race and, in extreme cases, cause cardiac arrest. That’s extreme.
The darker the chocolate, the more of these chemicals it generally contains so house your dark chocolate/baker’s chocolate next to your raisins – well out of the reach of even the most determined dog.
Reference dose: a A 50-pound dog + 1 ounce of dark chocolate = serious problem. The smaller the dog, the higher the risk and I have known toy dogs who have died from it.
This is an especially tricky one because symptoms show up days later. The compounds in these vegetables damage the red blood cells. Your dog may seem tired 3-5 days after binging on onion soup mix. His urine may be orange or red. You see this, you rush him to the vet!
If you ever have any questions, talk to your veterinarian. But if it is after hours (and don’t these things always seem to happen after hours) you can call one of these two excellent hotlines: Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) or ASPCA Poison Control (888-426-4435) Both charge a fee. Both are open 24/7/365.