Food Hazards

  Xylitol

Xylitol is a natural substance found in fibrous vegetables and fruit, as well as in corn cobs and various hardwood trees like birch. It is a natural, intermediate product which regularly occurs in the glucose metabolism of man and other animals as well as in the metabolism of several plants and micro-organisms. Xylitol is produced naturally in our bodies; in fact, we make up to 15 grams daily during normal metabolism.

 

http://www.angelfire.com/az/sthurston/xylitol_natural_sweetener.html

http://www.xlear.com/xylitol/

While Xylitol might be good for humans, it is toxic in dogs.  Xylitol is a sugar alcohol used in candy and chewing gum. It is also found in some pharmaceuticals and oral health products such as chewable vitamins and throat lozenges. It can also be used in home baking.

http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/xylitol.asp

http://www.aspca.org/site/DocServer/vetm0207f_095-100_.pdf?docID=10462

 

   

 

 Grapes & Raisins

All grapes are potentially dangerous to dogs, both grapes and their counterparts, raisins, and regardless of whether they came from the store or off the neighbor's vine. Don't feed your dog grapes or raisins, and don't leave these foods out where your dog(s) could help themselves.

http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/raisins.asp

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/grapeandraisin.htm

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1939&articleid=2409

 

 

Chocolate
The truth is chocolate contains theobromine that is toxic to dogs in sufficient quantities. This is a xanthine compound in the same family of caffeine, and theophylline.  The problem, according to veterinary experts, is that eating a speck of chocolate leads a dog to crave more. It can mean that your dog will jump at a opportunity to get any type of chocolate, not knowing that certain chocolates are more lethal than other types. Larger amounts of chocolate, particularly of the most toxic type, can bring about epileptic seizures in some dogs, and in all dogs, can kill.

Poisoning of dogs by chocolate is not uncommon.

http://www.talktothevet.com/ARTICLES/DOGS/chocolatetoxic.HTM

 

 

   
 
Human Foods that Poison Pets
 

 

  • Onions & garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pear pips, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pips (contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning)
  • Potato peelings and green looking potatoes
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Moldy/spoiled foods
  • Alcohol
  • Yeast dough
  • Coffee grounds, beans & tea (caffeine)
  • Hops (used in home brewing)
  • Tomato leaves & stems (green parts)
  • Broccoli (in large amounts)
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Cigarettes, tobacco, cigars

 

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