Keeping toxins away from your pet can make the difference between life and death. Here are 7 toxic foods that your Morkie should definitely avoid, so please keep them out of sight …. Pet poisonings are a nightmare. You know something is drastically wrong with your Morkie, but you don’t know what because he can’t tell you. Your dog may be staggering, having explosive diarrhea or vomiting sessions, or convulsing uncontrollably. Exactly what are the foods that are toxic to dogs? Among others, here are the top 7.
7 Foods that are toxic to dogs
1. Chocolate, coffee, coffee beans and caffeine
- chocolate contains two deadly toxins for dogs: theobromine and caffeine
- both stimulate the central nervous system, and in turn, the heart
- symptoms include restlessness, excessive thirst, uncontrollable peeing, and vomiting
- any delay in treatment can result in seizures, coma, and even death
- this artificial sweetener is rising fast in the list of things that can kill your Morkie
- it’s used in sugar-free gum, candy, bread, and other baked goods and even toothpaste
- in dogs, Xylitol leads to a life-threatening drop in blood sugar; symptoms include lethargy, inability to control movements, collapsing and seizures
3. Onions, chives, garlic and leeks
- these plants are all part of the Allium family and often – but not always – make dogs very sick
- symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and loss of appetite
- eventually, affected animals develop anemia and becoming weaker and weaker
4. Ethanol which is found in alcohol
- an alcoholic beverage can be the culprit of alcohol poisoning in your pet
- but so can rotten fruit like apples (which are turning into alcohol), uncooked pizza dough, antifreeze, perfume, and mouthwash, because all contain ethanol
- a dog or cat who has ingested ethanol will be very lethargic and his breathing rate can slow to dangerously low levels
5. Grapes, raisins, currants
- these foods have been reported to cause kidney failure in dogs, but not all dogs
- those animals who ARE sensitive to grapes and raisins have died after just a handful
- diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy and abdominal pain are just some of the symptoms of grape/raisin poisoning
- hops, used to brew beer, are made up of several compounds including resins, essential oils, and tannins which can cause high fevers in pets
- anxiety, rapid heart rate, panting vomiting, and seizures can also result when a dog eats hops (or gets into beer)
7. Macadamia nuts
- good for humans, macadamia nuts can be deadly for dogs
- even a few can lead to weakness, especially in the hind legs which can collapse
- within 12 hours of eating macadamia nuts, dogs can suffer from shaking, fever, abdominal pain, and stiffness
- although there are very few deaths associated with dogs eating macadamia nuts, your Morkie CAN become very, very ill eating them
If you suspect your Morkie has eaten any of these foods, call your Vet right away, and try to get your Morkie to vomit
HOW TO GET YOUR DOG TO VOMIT
If you think your Morkie has been poisoned by one of these toxic foods, and you’re SURE he hasn’t ingested something caustic like bleach, weed killer, rat poison, etc., get him to throw up.
Mix water and hydrogen peroxide and force into his mouth with an eyedropper or turkey baster.
HERE ARE PRINTABLE INSTRUCTIONS TO GET YOUR MORKIE TO THROW UP
The leading cause of poisoned pets is, by far, human medications – prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs that we take.
This is followed by foods that are toxic to dogs (but not humans or other animals), household items like cleaning supplies, glue and paint, followed by “Rodenticides” – that is, anything used to kill rats and mice are extremely toxic for pets and can cause a slow, agonizing death.
Insecticides are the next leading cause of pet poisoning. Ant traps, bug sprays and powders are all responsible for serious illness.
Certain plants like sago palm, lilies, marijuana, holly and others, and finally, garden products including weed killer and fertilizer.
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GET YOUR DOG TO VOMIT
DOGS TRUST LIST OF POISONOUS PLANTS, GARDEN AND HOUSEHOLD SUBSTANCES
The Humane Society’s full list of plants poisonous to dogs
Prepare an anti-poisoning kit for your pet
Full list of medications deadly to dogs
What your dog can and cannot eat. Dangerous ingestibles.