Toxic to dogs

gmacleod

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The main food items that are toxic to dogs, and that you should never feed, are:

Chocolate and caffeine: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1939&articleid=2238
Onions: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1939&articleid=2414
Grapes/raisins: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1939&articleid=2409
Avocados: Toxin is persin which causes gastrointestinal irritation, vomitting and diarrhoea. Can be fatal, but toxic dose is unknown.
The pits of most fruits: Usually contain cyanide
Macadamia Nuts: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1939&articleid=2411
Mushrooms: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1939&articleid=2413
Products sweetened with xylitol: http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pets_poisonsafe

Common toxic plants include:
Aloe
Amaryllis
Andromeda Japonica
Asian Lily (Liliaceae)
Asparagus Fern
Australian Nut
Autumn Crocus
Avocado
Azalea

Bird of Paradise
American Bittersweet
European Bittersweet
Branching Ivy
Buckeye
Buddist Pine

Caladium
Calla Lily
Castor Bean
Ceriman (aka Cutleaf Philodendron)
Charming Diffenbachia
Chinaberry Tree
Chinese Evergreen
Christmas Rose
Clematis
Cordatum
Corn Plant (aka Cornstalk Plant)
Cornstalk Plant (aka Corn Plant)
Cutleaf Philodendron (aka Ceriman)
Cycads
Cyclamen

Daffodil
Day Lily
Devil's Ivy
Dumb Cane
Deadly Nightshade (See Nightshade)

Easter Lily
Elephant Ears
Emerald Feather (aka Emerald Fern)
Emerald Fern (aka Emerald Feather)
English Ivy

Fiddle-Leaf Philodendron
Flamingo Plant
Florida Beauty
Foxglove
Fruit Salad Plant

Glacier Ivy
Gladiolas
Glory Lily
Gold Dieffenbachia
Gold Dust Dracaena
Golden Pothos
Green Gold Nephthysis

Hahn's self branching English Ivy
Heartleaf Philodendron
Heavenly Bamboo
Holly
Horsehead Philodendron
Hurricane Plant
Hyacinth
Hydrangea

Iris

Japanese Show Lily
Japanese Yew (aka Yew)
Jerusalem Cherry

Kalanchoe

Lace Fern
Lacy Tree
Lily of the Valley

Macadamia Nut
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Marble Queen
Marijuana
Mauna Loa Peace Lily (aka Peace Lily)
Mexican Breadfruit
Mistletoe "American"
Morning Glory
Mother-in-Law

Narcissus
Needlepoint Ivy
Nephthytis
Nightshade

Oleander
Onion
Orange Day Lily

Panda
Peace Lily (aka Maana Loa Peace Lily)
Philodendron Pertusum
Plumosa Fern
Precatory Bean

Queensland Nut

Red Emerald
Red Lily
Red-Margined Dracaena (aka Straight-Margined Dracaena)
Red Princess
Rhododendron
Ribbon Plant (Dracaena sanderiana)
Rubrum Lily

Saddle Leaf Philodendron
Sago Palm
Satin Pothos
Schefflera
Spotted Dumb Cane
Stargazer Lily
Striped Dracaena
Sweetheart Ivy
Swiss Cheese Plant

Taro Vine
Tiger Lily
Tomato Plant
Tree Philodendron
Tropic Snow Dumbcane
Tulip

Variable Dieffenbachia
Variegated Philodendron

Warneckei Dracaena
Wood Lily

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Yew (aka Japanese Yew)
Yucca

That is not an exhaustive list. But simply those plants frequently encountered that are problematic. For more information on how each plant affects pets and clinical signs to look out for, visit [/url]http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/dogs-plant-list
 
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jnickles8

Boxer Booster
Pork?

My uncle is a vet and he asserts you should never give a dog pork. Has anyone ever heard this?
 

gmacleod

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Staff member
jnickles8 said:
Has anyone ever heard this?
Many times ;) But in fact it's not really true. In some parts of the world, pork meat can contain a virus that causes Aujeszky's disease. And in some other parts of the world, the hydatids tapeworm.

It is not common in animals raised for the human food chain though - so as long as pork is coming from those sources, it is generally fine (use more caution with meat from wild sources though - and not just pork!). Both that virus and the hydatids tapeworm larvae are killed by the simple precaution of freezing the meat for several days before feeding. That's just a standard food hygiene precaution (applies to all offal too) if you're feeding a raw diet to your dog.

Info. on Aujeszky's here: http://www.thepigsite.com/PigHealth/article.asp?ArticleID=442
 

Burton'sMa

Boxer Booster
I am not sure about if this is the correct place to post this question, but what about the bird flu.....can that effect dogs as well??
 

gmacleod

Elusive Moderator
Staff member
As far as reports go, apparently not. But since it's a virus and it is mutation of that virus (which used only to infect birds) that makes it infective to humans, I personally would not put a huge amount of faith in that (ie. it is technically possible that it could mutate to become infectious to dogs).

IMO whether or not to continue feeding poultry-based foods, or raw poultry to your dog is something you need to weigh up the risks of. Right now, I don't live in a country where bird flu is rampant (and I don't believe you do either). Should things get to the point where it's an epidemic, then I might review whether or not I continue to feed raw poultry to my dog (there's plenty of other things to feed instead anyway).
 

Laila63139

Boxer Booster
Milkweed Ivy

Just wanted to mention this one as I don't see it on the list but it sent my baby to the ER last summer.. She got a seed-pod from the ivy on my fence.
 

thebronx

Boxer Buddy
grapes/raisins

I just wanted to say that I was reading an article the other day about dog's eating grapes and raisins. I guess it's more of a new discovery that it causes kidney disease and failure. I was a little nervous because I remembered when the kids ate raisins a while ago and dropped some on the floor. I asked a vet and they said it wouldn't harm him unless he ate them in a large quantity. Wrong! It can take as few as 6 or 7 grapes or raisins to cause kidney damage or failure. It is a scary thought.
 
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