Chocolate contains caffeine and a related chemical called theobromine that is also harmful to dogs.
Symptoms from eating a small amount of chocolate include:
If your dog eats larger amounts it can also lead to:
Garlic and Onions
Garlic and onions contain a chemical that breaks down into a substance that damages the red blood cells of dogs. A 10-pound dog could die from eating just half an onion.
Other ingredients, such as onion powder or juice, can also be harmful.
Symptoms after eating these foods can include:
More symptoms may begin days later, such as:
- Lack of interest in eating
- Dark urine
Grapes and Raisins
Grapes, and the raisins made from them, can cause kidney failure in dogs.
This doesn't affect every dog that eats grapes or raisins. Experts still aren't sure which ingredient in the fruit may cause this problem.
The most common symptom is vomiting. Early signs of kidney failure can include drinking more and urinating more. Later symptoms of kidney failure include pain in the belly and less urine.
These pale, round nuts can hurt your dog.
The symptoms of macadamia nut poisoning often begin with:
This is used as a sweetener in gum, candy, many other foods and drinks, and toothpaste.
Fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms also contain small amounts of xylitol.
Dogs often vomit after they eat or drink xylitol.
Other symptoms include: