You may have heard about some foods poisonous to dogs, that may potentially lead to serious health problems.
Let’s face it, most of us love our dogs, and treat them like a family member. So, we share our food with them.
And many of the foods we eat, are perfectly okay for them.
But, some foods can be very dangerous, for our precious Shih Tzu, especially if given too frequently and in large amounts.
Alcohol: It doesn’t take a lot of this to do damage to a dogs liver and brain, and on a small Shih Tzu, takes even less. Alcohol can cause altered breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.
Avocado: Avocado contains "persin," which is known to cause diarrhea and vomiting. And in large amounts can be toxic to a dog.
Chocolate: You probably already knew not to give chocolate to a dog. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can be toxic to a dog's heart and central nervous system, leading to seizures, convulsions and even heart attack. It can also cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Fat Trimmings: Offering your dog the fat trimmings from any meat you're preparing can be one of the causes of pancreatitis. This is a very painful inflammation of the pancreas that could lead to death.
Fish: Too much raw fish, canned fish or cooked fish can cause a thiamine deficiency in some dogs. Thiamine is a B vitamin, and a deficiency in this can cause loss of appetite and seizures. In very severe cases, it can cause death.
Garlic: This one is controversial, but garlic can damage red blood cells in dogs, causing anemia.
Grapes and Raisins: Grapes, currants and raisins contain a substance that is toxic to dogs that can damage kidneys, leading to renal failure.
Macadamia Nuts: Macadamia nuts contain a substance that is toxic to dogs that affects the nervous system and the digestive system. Symptoms may include muscle spasms, lack of coordination or collapse.
Mushrooms: Mushrooms contain toxins that can seriously affect the nervous system and digestive system in dogs. Mushrooms may also cause a dog to go into shock, which can result in death.
Rhubarb Leaves: Rhubarb leaves are toxic to dogs, causing damage to the nervous system, the digestive system and the kidneys.
Rotten food: Granted, you would probably never feed a family member rotten or spoiled food, so of course, you wouldn't feed it to your dog either. Because you know it may contain bacteria and other toxins that can affect their digestive system, and cause vomiting and diarrhea, which means you would be the one cleaning it up.
Xylitol: Often contained in sugar-free gum, is highly toxic and can cause liver damage, seizures, brain trauma and death.
So there you have it, a list of foods poisonous to dogs, but by no means comprehensive.
This is pretty controversial, and I too have often wondered about giving garlic to my dogs.
Garlic has been listed as one of the bad foods, but in reality, some researchers believe that is may not be as bad as previously thought. And feeding it to your dog, may possibly offers some health benefits.
The key here though, is moderation.
According to the ASPCA, "An occasional low dose, such as those found in most commercial pet foods or treats, would not likely cause problems."
Does this mean garlic is safe for all dogs? Absolutely not!
Garlic should not be given to dogs if they are anemic, or if having surgery.
And puppies less than 6 weeks old don’t begin producing new blood cells, so no garlic for them until they're about 6 months old.
Of course, you should always check with your vet before starting any new diet, especially if they include any of these listed foods poisonous to dogs, to be sure it's safe for your little buddy.