We all know one of the most cherished times a dog has is when he’s eating. Whether it’s kibble or the rock out of the garden… dogs love to eat. While fruits and vegetables may seem harmless, truth be told some can be toxic to your dog. Keep in mind while these may not be great for your pet, they usually require extremely large portions for major harm to be caused. But if you do find your pet enjoying one of these human treats make sure to consult with your vet!
Avocado — contains a toxin known as persin that can cause mild stomach upset. However, if an avocado pit is ingested, it can cause intestinal obstruction and require surgery
Grapes and Raisins — ingestion can lead to kidney failure. Watch your pet for vomiting and lethargy for up to 24 hours.
Onions and Garlic — members of this family contain a chemical that can damage dog’s red blood cells. The more concentrated it is, the more harmful it can be, so avoid foods that contain onion powder, minced dried garlic, and all forms of these foods.
Green Tomatoes and Tomato Vines — both contain atropine, which is toxic to dogs. The fruits are far less harmful after they ripen. Atropine can cause dilated pupils, tremors, cardiac arrest, and coma.
Raw or Green Potatoes — these contain a substance that is poison to canines. Cooked, fully ripen potatoes are safe, however, and potato is an ingredient in many commercial dog foods.
Rhubarb — contains oxalates that can cause tremor, seizures, and an irregular heartbeat in your pet.
Wild Mushrooms — avoid allowing your dog to consume any type of wild mushrooms and assume that all wild mushrooms are potentially toxic.
All Fruit Pits and Seeds — no matter the fruit or vegetable, seeds can build up in your pet’s digestive system and lead to intestinal inflammation. Over time, this can cause serious illness or injury.
Persimmon Seeds — these seeds contain a chemical that is poisonous to dogs and can cause enteritis. It may also cause cardiac arrest, coma, or death in your pet. Avoid feeding persimmons and their seeds to your dog at all costs.
Tree Nuts — most types of tree nuts contain aflatoxin in varying amounts. This chemical is fatal to dogs even at low levels, and can build up in your pets system over time, causing severe damage.