Poisonous foods

Just thought I'd start a thread listing the things we know are poisonous to our B's… I usually keep a tupperware in the fridge and fill it with leftover/remnant veggies, meats, some pumpkin, eggs + shell and other various things based on what I'm cooking for myself. When the container is full I puree it all and give a heaping spoonful or so to them with their dry food. As far as I know the following things can be poisonous/toxic to dogs:

Chocolate
Grapes/Raisens
Nuts
Onions
Turkey skin

What else is out there?

I didn't know about Turkey skin, what does that do to them?

I think this topic has been discussed before. My dogs have always eaten turkey skin – my whole life, every dog I've ever owned.
And onions -- my dogs have always eaten food w/onion in it, not to mention the occasional dropped onion ring or sautee'd onion.

So, I really don't get it.....

And the chocolate only applies to the dark chocolates, right? And in larger quantities {tolerable quantity varies from dog to dog and breed to breed, so it's best to avoid completely}

I read somewhere that turkey skin can cause acute pancreaitis in dogs….

Maybe its in large quantities though and if fed regularly over time.. i fed tayda and lenny turkey for thanksgiving and they didn't seem to react...

Are all nuts poisonous to them? I hate to sound stupid, but my male basenji loves peanuts and I have let him have them from time to time. Would it make him immediately sick, or would it be just that he would act like he didn't feel well over time? I used to give them to him more often and for a while he didn't seem to feel well. I almost never give them to him now, and he seems to be feeling better. I didn't make that connection until I read your list.

This is what I found regarding nuts:

Walnuts are poisonous to dogs and should be avoided. Many nuts are not good for dogs in general; their high phosporus content is said to possibly lead to bladder stones.

I've also read that macadamias are also supposedly not good for dogs.

Peanut butter is a very common treat for dogs. I'm guessing the peanut is okay. Maybe because it's not a tree nut?

I'm sure some of this stuff is generally ok occasionally. Just like I'd LOVE to eat Taco Bell for every meal, every day. I know its not good for me. But occasionally is fine.

@Tayda_Lenny:

I'm sure some of this stuff is generally ok occasionally. Just like I'd LOVE to eat Taco Bell for every meal, every day. I know its not good for me. But occasionally is fine.

LOL, I'm with you on Taco Bell, maybe we need a Taco Bell support group, lol

@Tayda_Lenny:

I usually keep a tupperware in the fridge and fill it with leftover/remnant veggies, meats, some pumpkin, eggs + shell and other various things based on what I'm cooking for myself. When the container is full I puree it all and give a heaping spoonful or so to them with their dry food.

:eek: I don't know if your basenji's enjoy this but I am pretty positive that it would break my sons from sampling all my left-overs when they come home to visit!!! LOL

Pat

They gobble it all down no problem! I think it helps to make their diet balanced too to add some fresh veggies and protein

@jaclempner:

Are all nuts poisonous to them? I hate to sound stupid, but my male basenji loves peanuts and I have let him have them from time to time. Would it make him immediately sick, or would it be just that he would act like he didn't feel well over time? I used to give them to him more often and for a while he didn't seem to feel well. I almost never give them to him now, and he seems to be feeling better. I didn't make that connection until I read your list.

I don't think peanuts are considered real nuts, they're legumes…like beans and peas.

I know chocolate is supposed to be very bad for dogs, and even fatal, but so far mine has eaten his way through and entire bag of snack size snickers, a bag of truffles, and just recently a candy cane full of M&Ms. And I should mention, most of these were wrapper and all, and he never once got sick, or even looked it! Maybe he has just built up a tolerence for it since he has eaten so much, or maybe that just applies to dark chocolate, because he has never had that to my knowledge. He has a thing for chocolate and he seeks it out no matter how hard I try to hide it. I guess that is his weakness too!

Alex was always glued to my side whenever I'd shell pecans. I always managed to drop every 4th/5th one and never noticed any ill effects. I had never heard that nuts were bad for dogs before.

@WBL:

LOL, I'm with you on Taco Bell, maybe we need a Taco Bell support group, lol

That's hilarious. This past weekend my wife and I both made a "run for the border"…it was like we hadn't had it in months (which, on reflection, we hadn't!) but were just totally CRAVING it.

Yo Quiero and all that good stuff! 🙂

Other items not to feed: apple seeds and cherry pits contain cyanide - even small amounts can make your dog sick; potato skin contains small amoutns of alkaloid more if the potato has started to greenup; mushrooms - too many are straight out poisonous.

I'm new to the Basenji World and I'm curious, Do you cook the meat before you feed it to your Basenji, and if so, is it well done?😕 Every dog I've had when I was younger have had dog food. Now that I have my new puppy, I would like to expand her diet. I do add carrots and she loves that, but what is the "norm" for adding meat into their diet? Is raw meat poisinous to them? What about seafood, like fish, calamari, clams, etc?

Chocolate:

The ingredient in chocolate this is harmful to dogs is called theobromine. It's a stimulant that comes from the coca plant. The concern comes from the dogs heart. Like too much of any stimulant, the theobromine can cause the heartrate to speed up too much. More dangerous in older dogs. People who race horses use theobromine to get more from the horse when racing them.

If you can find chocolate that has no theobromine in it, it's perfectly dog safe and your dog will love you for it. As to where you might find this, I haven't a clue. According to Hershey's: "Currently there are no theobromine-free chocolate products available to consumers."

If you're a gardner, you might want to avoid coco mulch as well. Hershey's claims that it WILL harm dogs (and did so in 50% of tested dogs) but they also claimed that 98% of dogs won't eat it.

Grapes:

"During the twelve-month period in which the effects of grapes were studied, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center handled 140 cases involving one or more dogs. Over a third of the dogs developed symptoms ranging from vomiting to kidney failure, and seven dogs died. The ASPCA based their study on reported cases, so naturally there may be cases where a dogs health is entirely unaffected by eating grapes. But until they know all the facts, the Society advises against feeding pets grapes or raisins in any amount."

Nuts:

"Macadamia nuts should be avoided. In fact most nuts are not good for a dogs health since their high phosporus content is said to lead to bladder stones."

Onions:

"Onions, especially raw onions, have been shown to trigger hemolytic anemia in dogs. (Stephen J Ettinger, D.V.M and Edward C. Fieldman, D.V.M. 's book: Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine vol. 2 pg 1884.) Stay away from onion powder too."

Onions and garlic contain the toxic ingredient thiosulphate. Onions are more of a danger.

Potatoes:

"Potato poisonings among people and dogs are rare but have occurred. The toxin, solanine, is poorly absorbed and is only found in green sprouts (these occur in tubers exposed to sunlight) and green potato skins. This explains why incidents seldom occur. Note that cooked, mashed potatoes are fine for a dogs health, actually quite nutritious and digestible." Mostly potato peelings and green looking potatoes.

Artificial Sweetners:

"Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, especially sugarless gum and candies. Ingesting large amounts of products sweetened with xylitol may cause a sudden drop in blood sugar in dogs, resulting depression, loss of coordination, and seizures. According to Dr. Eric K. Dunayer, a consulting veterinarian in clinical toxicology for the poison control center, "These signs can develop quite rapidly, at times less than 30 minutes after ingestion of the product" states Dr. Dunayer, "…therefore, it is important that pet owners seek veterinary treatment immediately.""

Turkey Skin:

"Turkey skin is currently thought to cause acute pancreatis in dogs, partly due to it's high fat content."

Other foods listed by the ASPCA as harmful:
Alcoholic beverages
Avocado (the only "fatty" member of the vegetable family)
Coffee (all forms of coffee)
Moldy or spoiled foods
Salt
Yeast dough
Garlic
Broccoli (in large amounts)
Hops (used in home brewing)
Rhubarb leaves
Pear pips, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pips (contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in cyanide posioning)

I guess the bottom line is that you should feed your dog Dog Food. 🙂 Now that I've educated myself, perhaps this thread needs to be 'stickied'. 🙂

@wizard:

Other items not to feed: apple seeds and cherry pits contain cyanide - even small amounts can make your dog sick; potato skin contains small amoutns of alkaloid more if the potato has started to greenup; mushrooms - too many are straight out poisonous.

I know that apple seeds are supposed to be poisonous – I thought it was arsenic -- but Keoki eats them all the time. Not like I can stop him, we have apple trees and he eats the apples that fall, core and all. How that dog loves his apples!

{I have a nephew who does the same thing. Starts eating his apples at the flower end, eats straight through to the stem end, core and all. Weird kid, LOL}

And all the dogs are forever in the compost pile, ew. I don't know exactly what they are eating, but I'm pretty sure that potato skins and onions are in there.

I do worry in the fall about mushrooms; they pop up all over my yard. We get rid of them as soon as we can, but every day there are more. So far, so good. But it is a worry every year.

Well, no beer for Chase and Zahra tonight. Guess that is the end of them doing Keg Stands at their wild parties they throw! LOL!

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