Last weekend, Clarence the Cat’s “person” (you remember Clarence and his fan mail, don’t you?) sent me a helpful article about all the foods our doggy friends should NOT be eating.
The San Francisco Chronicle article listed a few items that I knew about – namely chocolate, onions, tomatoes and grapes.
Puppy Poison: stay away!
But it also listed a few foods that I wasn’t aware of, like:
- macadamia nuts
- xylitol, and
Lemons on the list
Foods not included on the list, but also to be avoided are caffeine, salt, alcohol, sugar and tobacco. (This is starting to sound like familiar advice.) Also, beware of certain mulches made from cocoa hulls. These hulls are just as toxic as chocolate and cocoa powder.
Macadamia nuts: bad news. Choco-covered macadamia nuts? Even worse!
One particularly scary item in the Chronicle’s list of toxic substances was Xylitol, an artificial sweetener commonly found in chewing gum brands like Trident and Orbit. According to the San Francisco Chronicle article, as little as three grams (or about five pieces of gum) can kill a 65 pound dog. In fact, the article was prompted by the death of a friend’s 60 pound poodle from xylitol poisoning. Yikes! : (
Among the Chronicle’s list of poisonous foods, there are a few that may be a bit controversial. For instance, avocado fruit and oil is used in the manufacture of a commercial dog food called Avoderm without ill effects. Similarly, holistic pet practitioners maintain that garlic is a safe and beneficial supplement for dogs when used in small quantities. And ice cream? Well, too much ice cream isn’t good for anyone, including lactose sensitive dogs and people.
Garlic: friend or foe?
Of course, a huge factor in food poisoning is your own dog’s size and weight, and the amount of the given food he ingests. I wish there was better information out there about not only the type of foods that may be poisonous for dogs, but also the relative amounts that are toxic.