Aug. 26 is National Dog Day, so why not celebrate your furry friend with
a special treat? But wait--there are things you can eat that Fido can't.
Most dog owners know chocolate is off limits to their pets, but here are
five other foods that shouldn't go near the dog bowl.
1. Grapes/raisins. This fruit can be toxic for dogs, with the potential to cause kidney failure.
A dog will usually start vomiting or have diarrhea a few hours after eating
the fruit, and other symptoms include fatigue, dehydration, low urine
output and refusal to eat.
2. Macadamia nuts. Some other nuts, such as walnuts, almonds and pecans, can upset a dog's
stomach, causing vomiting and diarrhea. But macadamia nuts are worse--ingesting
them can lead to weakness, tremors and even depression.
3. Onions and garlic. They both contain a compound, thiosulfate, that can damage red blood cells
in dogs. A dog can grow weak, vomit or show signs of lethargy; the urine
may be discolored with blood as well. If too much is eaten, it can cause anemia.
4. Salty snacks. As people, we can't eat just one when it comes to chips, pretzels,
popcorn or other munchies. But heavy amounts of salted foods can make
a dog overly thirsty, and in the worst case scenario, it can lead to sodium
ion poisoning. Symptoms can include high temperature, diarrhea and vomiting,
seizures or change in mood.
5. Xylitol. This is a major reason to check labels before giving a dog any processed
people food. Xylitol is a sweetener that increases insulin in a pet, and
it can cause liver failure. If a dog is vomiting, seems out of sorts,
or has problems moving and develops seizures, those can be signs of xylitol
If you suspect your dog has eaten a potentially harmful food, or is showing
symptoms like those listed above, immediately call your veterinarian or
local animal hospital, or the Animal Poison Control Center at
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.