Poisonous Foods

chocolate

The following foods and medicines can create problems for your dog. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your pet has ingested any of the following foods.

Chocolate

Symptoms:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • increased heart rate
  • rapid breathing
  • muscle tremors
  • seizures
  • coma

It often surprises pet owners to discover that the drugs in chocolate is poisonous in sufficient dosages, particulary to dogs. Specifically it is the drugs Theo bromine and caffeine (of the drug class methylxanthines), that are toxic to pets. Only a moderate amount needs to be eaten by a dog, in order to be poisonous (approx. ┬Żoz. of baking chocolate per pound of body weight and less in some animals).

It is also believed that dark or plain chocolate is more toxic than the milk or cooking chocolate variety.

Grapes

Grapes and all grape products are being considered poisonous to dogs by United States Animal Poison Control

Nutmeg

Symptoms:

  • hallucinogen
Onions

Symptoms:

  • anaemia

Onions should not be fed to dogs in any form.

Voltarin

This drug is used in rheumatoid arthritis. It is a slow release drug that acts over 3/4 days, causing massive internal bleeding in dogs. An anti-toxin and stomach flush must be used immediately by a vet in order to prevent permanent damage to internal organs.

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