Dangerous Fruits & Veggies for Dogs

Dangerous Fruits & Veggies for Dogs

Dangerous Fruits & Vegetables for Dogs.

Okay so we’ve deffo entered the Food Season! With that, we need to know what fruits and veggies might be more dangerous to our dogs. So, to make sure we’re all happy and healthy this season, here are some of the fruits and vegetables that are dangerous to our dogs!

Grapes and Raisins - Grapes and raisins (dried grapes) have proved to be very toxic for dogs no matter the dog’s breed, sex, or age. In fact, grapes are so toxic that they can lead to acute sudden kidney failure. Always be mindful of this dangerous fruit for dogs.

Cherries - There are many types of cherries, all of which are popular snack foods. While the pulp of the fruit is safe for dogs to eat, the plant and pit are moderately toxic to our dogs and can result in respiratory failure and death. In fact, the plants and pits contain cyanide, Cyanide disrupts cellular oxygen transport, which means that your dog’s blood cells can’t get enough oxygen. If your dog eats cherries, be on the lookout for dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, and red gums, as these may be signs of cyanide poisoning. Be sure to keep your dog away from cherry plants, and feed only the pulp if you’re going to share with your beloved pet.

Avocados - There is some debate about avocados but just to be safe, it’s best to avoid giving any part of this fruit to your dog including the stone in the middle and the skin. Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds, and bark contain Persin, a chemical that can cause vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs. Some pups are especially sensitive to Persin, so it is best to keep your dog guac-free. Additionally, the stone at the centre of the avocado can be a serious choking hazard. avocado toxicity.

Tomato Plants - While the ripened fruit of the tomato plant is generally considered safe for dogs, the green parts of the plant contain a toxic substance called solanine. The stems and leaves of the tomato plant, as well as the unripe fruit, can cause gastrointestinal upset. While your pooch will need to consume quite a bit of the plant to be dangerously affected, it’s best to make sure your pup can’t get into your garden and eat these plants.

Onion and Garlic - Anything from the onion family is toxic to dogs, from garlic and onions to scallions, shallots, and chives.

Garlic is a controversial ingredient; it has many medicinal purposes, and it is an immune booster, but the potential risks outweigh the benefits. Both onion and garlic contain a substance that can damage and/or destroy a dog’s red blood cells, potentially leading to anaemia. In severe cases, dogs will need a blood transfusion.

Garlic is five times as potent as onions. Signs of onion or garlic poisoning often do not appear for several days after ingestion, but include lethargy, weakness, and orange- to dark red-tinged urine.

Prompt treatment is important. If your dog does eat any amount, contact your veterinarian immediately.

It is important not to let your dog eat any foods that contain these fruits, such as hot cross buns, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, fruit cake, mince pies, stollen etc.

Rhubarb - Another one of our commonly home-grown fruits which can be toxic to dogs is rhubarb which again can cause damage to the nervous system, kidneys and digestive tract. Symptoms include tremors, seizures and heart problems so don’t let your dog get stuck into your rhubarb crumble or vegetable patch.

Mushrooms - Wild mushrooms can be toxic for dogs. While only 50-100 of the 50,000 mushroom species worldwide are known to be toxic, the ones that are poisonous can really hurt your dog or even lead to death. If you’re unable to identify a mushroom species quickly, it’s imperative that you take your dog to the veterinarian immediately after consumption. Mushroom toxicity is known to be fatal in dogs, resulting from seizures, tremors, and organ failure.

Washed white mushrooms from the supermarket could be OK, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Please do bear in mind that everything in this post is strictly advisory and has been gathered from various reputable sources from the internet. We're not vets, and you should always seek professional advice if you ever have concerns.

 

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Dec 03 2021
by Claire