Chocolate: A People Food Not Recommended for Canine Consumption

While your dog may be your loyal companion and you may think nothing of feeding
him table scraps every so often, there are just certain foods that he cannot eat or

One of the main foods that people love but can be dangerous for dogs is chocolate.
That's because the cacao beans used to produce chocolate contain the chemicals
caffeine and theobromine (also classified as methylxanthines).

These substances, when consumed by a dog, can lead to stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system and lead to such symptoms as vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, frequent urination, muscle spasms, and arrhythmia.

If You think your Dog has Consumed any Chocolate, Call your Vet Immediately

Consumption of chocolate, if not treated immediately, can result in death, so don't delay calling your vet if you think your dog has eaten any chocolate.

Different Kinds of Chocolate contain Varying Amounts of Methylxanthines

Different kinds of chocolate contain varying amounts of methylxanthines so a dog's reaction to eating chocolate will differ accordingly. Therefore, the symptomology that results will be contingent on the kind of chocolate that is eaten as larger amounts of caffeine and theobromine are found in cocoa powder and cocoa beans versus milk chocolate and white chocolate. White chocolate contains the least amount of methylxanthines.

Treating your Dog for Chocolate Poisoning

If a dog has ingested chocolate, one of the options a vet will consider is to induce vomiting so some of the chocolate can be eliminated. Or, the vet may give your dog activated charcoal, which prevents the methylxanthines from being absorbed into his digestive tract. Intravenous therapy may be required as well.

Macadamia Nuts - Not at all Good for Dogs

So, while you may enjoy eating chocolate, don't share the food with your pet as it can be fatal. You shouldn't feed macadamia nuts to your dog either as this food can be extremely dangerous if ingested too. The nuts can cause such adverse side effects as tremors, hyperthermia, and weakness, all which can appear as soon as 12 hours after consumption. Plus, only a few nuts can make a dog ill. Considering the toxicity of chocolate, you certainly don't want to give your dog any chocolate candy that contains the toxic nuts.

Chips and Dip - Don't Give the Snack to your Pet

The avocado is not a dog-friendly food either. That's because the fruit contains a substance called persin - very toxic to any dog who eats too much of it. So, don't feed your dog any of that guacamole dip that you love if you want to keep him healthy as it can be fatal. Keep him away from the salty chips too as salt can cause such symptoms as increased body temperature, digestive upset, vomiting, tremors, and even death.

Don't Feed Grapes or Raisins to your Dog Either

In addition, grapes or raisins, are not a recommended food. Kidney failure can result if your dog eats the fruit in its natural form or dried. Also, be especially careful about consuming grapes or raisins around your dog if he already has a health issue. If he happens to eat the fruit, the side effects can be just that much more severe.

Bread Dough - Not Good for your Pet

If you like to make home-baked bread, be on guard about feeding the dough or the finished product to your canine friend. Consuming the dough can cause a great deal of digestive upset, and, in some instances, lead to a rupture of the intestines. If you do feed your dog bread, experts recommend not to give him any more than five percent of his total daily intake of calories.

Any Meat you Give your Dog should be Cooked

People, too, are not aware that raw meat, although thought to be dog-friendly, is not advisable to feed a dog as it can contain E.coli or Salmonella bacteria, both which can make him extremely sick. Onions or garlic are not recommended either as a large consumption of these kinds of foods can lead to vomiting, a lack of an appetite, anemia, and difficulty breathing.

Ask your Vet for his Recommendations First before Feeding your Pet any People Food

So, make sure that any people food you give your dog is not toxic for him. To play it safe, it's best to feed your dog nutritionally-recommended foods made especially for dogs or people foods, such as salmon, sweet potatoes, or green beans. Ask your veterinarian for his recommendations.