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Harmful foods to avoid for your Dog

Harmful Foods for your Dog to Avoid (Source: ASPCA.org)

1. Alcohol - Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death. Under no circumstances should your pet be given any alcohol. 2. Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine - These products all contain substances called methylxanthines. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Dark chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. 3. Citrus - The stems, leaves, peels, fruit and seeds of citrus plants contain varying amounts of citric acid, essential oils that can cause irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression if ingested in significant amounts. 4. Grapes and Raisins - these fruits can cause kidney failure. 5. Macadamia Nuts - Can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. 6. Onions,Garlic and Chives - Can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage.

7. Xylitol - Is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure. Initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Signs can progress to seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days.