Consuming grapes or raisins can lead to irreversible kidney damage. While some dogs can consume grapes and/or raisins with no symptoms, it’s simply just not worth the risk.
Onions & Garlic
Onions are toxic to canines because of the substance they contain known as thiosulfate. Since dogs do not have the enzyme used to digest this substance, onions become a harmful food for them. Symptoms of onion or garlic toxicity include lethargy, elevated heart and respiratory rates, pale gums, and even collapse.
The pulp of the fruit is safe for dogs to eat, but the plant and pit are moderately toxic to our dogs, and can result in respiratory failure and death. Be sure to keep your dog away from cherry plants, and feed only the pulp if you’re going to share with your pooch.
Mushroom toxicity is known to be fatal in dogs, resulting from seizures, tremors, and organ failure. Most mushrooms are not poisonous to dogs, but there are a few that can be deadly. If you’re dog eats a mushroom, but cannot identify it, call a vet immediately.
Currants carry the same level of severe toxicity of grapes and raisins. Even if you don’t notice sudden vomiting and diarrhea after your dog consumes currants, take your dog to the veterinarian. Just like the other small fruit, currants can cause severe renal failure.
Raw & Green Potatoes
While potatoes are often found in quality dog foods, unripe, green, and raw potatoes are toxic to our dogs. These types of potatoes are toxic to humans as well! Symptoms of potato toxicity in dogs include nausea, vomiting, seizures and heart irregularities.
While they are able to consume the pulp of the fruit with no ill effects, caution should be taken if your dog has access to any other parts of the plant. Like cherries, the seeds, leaves and stems of apricot plants are toxic to dogs and can result in respiratory failure and death.
The leaves and stems of rhubarb depletes the calcium levels in our dogs’ bodies. This can result in renal failure as well as other medical problems.
Apple seeds contain cyanide. While dogs typically have to eat quite a bit of apple seeds in order to suffer the effects, it’s not unheard of. If you feed them as a snack, better to be safe than sorry and avoid feeding the core.
The actual red tomato can be beneficial to our dogs, but the plant itself is quite toxic. The stems and leaves of the tomato plant, as well as the unripened fruit, can cause gastrointestinal upset in our dogs.
With all of that said, there are healthy fruits and veggies that are safe to feed your furry friend.
- Green bell peppers