Here are some common examples of foods that you should avoid feeding your dog:
- Chocolate contains theobromine, which is a cardiac and nervous system stimulant. Ingestion of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, can lead to heart arrhythmias, tremors and seizures
- Sweet biscuits are high in fat and sugar with low nutritional value
- Bones (especially cooked bones) can splinter and may stick in the throat or intestine. They could also damage teeth and may cause constipation.
- Sultanas, grapes and raisins may lead to acute kidney failure in dogs
- Onions (and to a lesser extent, garlic) can cause damage to the membranes of red blood cells that result in haemolytic anaemia. Any form (raw, cooked or powder) can lead to this severe anaemia. Signs generally develop days after ingestion and include breathlessness, weakness and a blood coloured urine
- Avocado contains a toxin called persin which leads to gastrointestinal irritation, including vomiting and diarrhea
- Raw egg whites contain avidin that can interfere with the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). Chronic biotin deficiencies can lead to a poor growth, lethargy and dermatitis. Raw eggs may also contain salmonella
- Macadamia nuts can cause locomotory problems such as weakness, tremors or paralysis in the hind legs. A toxic dose of roasted macadamia nuts may be as little as one nut per kilogram of body weight in the dog.