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Dog Food Poisoning and Intolerance

Posted by Dr Sam, On 14 Dec, 2021 | Updated On 14 Dec, 2021 No Comments »

11 home food you must not give to your dog to avoid dog food poisoning. Other safety measure to ensure your dog is safe with homemade food

Dog food poisoning is more common than normally suspected by dog parents. It is one of the most common health issues with dogs.

There are quite a few homemade food stuffs dogs must NOT eat. These substances are harmful because the dog’s body cannot break them down. Hence, they can lead to slow or acute poisoning.

Don’t Give The Following Food to Your Dog to Avoid Poisoning

1. Alcohol

Your dog shouldn’t be sharing that beer with you. When she does, alcohol is formed in the stomach and can cause acute alcohol poisoning.

2. Yeast

Consumption of raw dough or uncooked bread causes intestine constipation. It also causes alcohol poisoning from internal fermentation.

3. Chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine which dogs cannot break down. Even small amounts of chocolate can cause inability to control urine and bowel, seizures, heart attack and, in the worst case, death.

4. Raisins and Grapes

Raisins and grapes contain tannins that can damage the liver and kidneys of your dog.

5. Onions and Garlic

Dogs lack the necessary enzyme to break down onions and garlic. Eating them may cause colic, diarrhea, vomiting and serious digestive disorders. Onions are found in most ready-meals and cold cuts.

6. Salt

The dog’s body is not adapted to salty food and large amounts of salt can cause high blood pressure and vomiting and can lead to poisoning. The salt levels in cooked food, cold cuts, etc., are far too high to be suitable as dog food.

7. Xylitol

This is an artificial sweetener that lowers the dog’s blood sugar and can cause difficulty in walking, collapse and stroke. Xylitol is found in sugar-free products like candy, sweets and cookies.

8. Sugar

Sugar that is not absorbed in the gut is stored in the liver and muscles and causes weight gain.

9. Nutmeg

Its consumption gives dog Seizures, Tremors and Nervous System Disorders. These side effects can be fatal. Never spiced up your dog homemade food with nutmeg.

10. Macadamia Nut

Its consumption can give dogs; stiffness, tremors, hyperthermia, and abdominal pain. These effects are not fatal and most dogs recover quickly with appropriate treatment. But be on save side, don’t it give to your dog!

11. Hops

Hop is a beer-making plant. It can cause malignant hyperthermia (very high body temperature) in dogs. The results are usually fatal. Hops should be kept away from all dogs because small amounts of it can trigger a possibly deadly reaction. Hops are still deadly to dogs even after being used in brewing.

Food Intolerance

Food intolerance is the result of poor digestion, such as lactose intolerance. People and dogs with lactose intolerance are either missing or have low levels of the milk digesting enzyme called lactase.

Lactose: is a sugar disaccharide compound found in milk. Puppies have an enzyme that can break it down. Adult dogs lack this enzyme and milk can often cause diarrhea.

Yoghurt, mature cheese, cottage cheese, tofu and high-fat dairy products are low in lactose, but high in fat. Still not all dog can tolerate them. So do test tolerance for your dog as described in Allergy Trial Test.

Bacteria Infected Food

Homemade foods that are safe for your dog will be infected with bacteria if not properly handled and cause food poisoning when consume by your dog.

Make sure your refrigerators is regularly cleared off of old food. Don’t allow your dog to scavenge garbage containers. Use trash can that is dog-proof.

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Signs of Dog Food Poisoning

Food poisoning in dog manifest in different ways with different signs. The symptoms of dog food poisoning include vomiting, cramping, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, inappetence, salivation, mild fever, dehydration and abdominal pain. Some dogs show some neurological signs like tremors, lack of coordination, seizure and collapse.

Signs of food poisoning in dog do appear quickly but most dogs do recover from them. And the most common symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea.

How to Treat Dog Food Poisoning at Home

When your dog starts vomiting after taking suspected food for poisoning, fast your dog for 24 hours. Give her water only during this period. If the vomit persist during and after the fasting, see your vet immediately.

If the poison cannot be removed by vomiting, administer activated charcoal by mouth to stop further absorption by gastrointestinal tract.

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