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I am not sure this is the right place to put this, but I thought I would try to better educate dog owners like myself who are a bit ignorant as to what should not be given to a dog.

This stems from last night when a grape fell off the table and my tiny Chorkie, Sansa, scarfed it up. I looked up grapes online and was shocked to find that they can be fatally poisonous. I had heard about chocolate and onions, but had no idea about grapes. I thought I would be good to have one place that would list a lot of these bad foods for dogs for new dog owners like myself that tend to get overwhelmed by all the things that you need to know about having a new pet. (I thought I had done extensive research before we got this wonderful dog, but evidently I was wrong.)
I would like to know what others think, and the possibility of making it a sticky thread.
Thank you all!

(After close monitoring all night, little Sansa has shown no ill effects from the single grape. However I know that Grapes and Raisins can cause renal failure in dogs. Some of the symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy.)
 

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One grape probably won't cause any ill effects to a dog, if she had eaten an entire bunch might be a different story. My dogs have nabbed a lot of misc foods that drop on the floor including onions, chocolate, grapes and many other foods apparently poisonous to dogs and it didn't affect them one bit.
 

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Here is a good site for you to look at .... they have lists of toxic foods and plants and many other things ...all are printable also.

www.peteducation.com
 

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Thank you both for the listings. I hope it enlightens a lot of dog owners as to what should be kept away from their pets.
 

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Uhoh better tell Gally he shouldn't be eating his raw meat and eggs.
Yeah, I guess apparently the raw diets we feed aren't safe or healthy for our dogs? LOL!

I guess the goat cheese and yogurt I feed mine are gonna kill them too...

Oh and the occasional table scraps.. Geez.. I'm just a bad doggy owner now aren't I?

They should have just put "Feed dogs kibble or canned dog food only - everything else is NOT safe"

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I can see people taking it to extremes, but some of that info is good for new dog owners.
(Upon further thought, this would probably have been better placed in the "New Dog" forum.)
 

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@packmomma - if your dogs have no problems with grapes and raisins (different issue), then they probably aren't an issue. However, the comparatively recent fatalities were due to different Labrador Retrievers eating a few grapes or raisins, then dying over 3-days as the Vet tried to save them ... They don't know the cause and there doesn't seem to be a cure. It doesn't seem to be a size issue, like chocolate, either. http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/raisins.asp

I give my Lab mix a Hersey kiss or a macadamia nut, occasionally. But I won't take a chance with even one grape or raisin... until they understand it better.
 

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We put food on the floor (our food) and then let him near the food and when he approaches it, we yell at him. We've done that with chocolates and onions and all the foods that he isn't supposed to eat. That way if it falls on the floor and we don't catch it, he won't eat it.

It seems mean but it is important to train your dog not to eat certain foods.
 

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We put food on the floor (our food) and then let him near the food and when he approaches it, we yell at him. We've done that with chocolates and onions and all the foods that he isn't supposed to eat. That way if it falls on the floor and we don't catch it, he won't eat it.

It seems mean but it is important to train your dog not to eat certain foods.
Well that hardly seems necessary... :/ I kind of doubt it would prevent him from eating those foods if you aren't watching, if he even makes the connection between those specific foods and your response (which I'm doubtful of). You're right, it does sound mean.
 

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Gunther has eaten some of the foods on that list, including garlic, onion and avocado (all at once, he got into guacamole I made), but luckily he didn't have any problems resulting from it.
I have also seen commercial dog foods on the market that include avocado in the ingredients.

As far as raw eggs are concerned, what they are talking about is found only in the egg whites, and it can have the same effect on humans too (if you eat your eggs raw). I don't think that it would make much difference to supplement a dog's diet with raw eggs, but if you're concerned, feed only the yolk. You can cook the egg white to eliminate the avidin, but most of the nutrients are found in the raw egg yolk anyway.
 

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I'm not sure about tomatoes. Nightshade plants are deadly to people and pets, and green, unripened portions have solanine, which is a harmful alkaloid... But I don't think that ripe, red tomatoes are toxic to dogs... although I don't know why you'd give them. In my experience, I do know that a 60lb dog can steal a few cherry tomatoes directly off the vine with no ill-effects... from the tomato. From me... that's a different issue :) However, it is interesting that he can easily smell the difference between a partially ripe tomato and perfectly ripe, sweet tomato .... SOB!

I've also seen suggestions to give dogs raw sweet potatoes. I think it is harmless, but I don't see the value, b/c I don't think it is digestible. However, I cut the green off carrots and give my dog large, raw, whole carrots with his meals, mainly as a chew toy than for the nutrition... The little undigested carrot bits pass through, and his poop has a 'pretty' golden glow :)
 

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They should have just put "Feed dogs kibble or canned dog food only - everything else is NOT safe"

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Actually the slide show did basically say that. They suggested you feed dog food your vet recommends (we all know how well that goes) and only things like cooked lean meat, plain cooked white rice or pasta, or carrots, green beans and watermelon are okay as treats.

Edit: I cleaned the double post up, have no idea why it did that.
 

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Well that hardly seems necessary... :/ I kind of doubt it would prevent him from eating those foods if you aren't watching, if he even makes the connection between those specific foods and your response (which I'm doubtful of). You're right, it does sound mean.
Yeah, wouldn't making sure you have a solid "leave it" be more useful?
 

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Like everything, it varies. There are healthy, complete dry dogfoods; and there are unhealthy foods. I have always given my dogs dry food, and I chose to rotate to different foods about every 3 - 4 months. Now that my dog is a senior, I also provide MIssing Link PLus for arthritis... He also gets a couple of raw carrots... not sure what nutritional value they provide, but I think he likes them as dessert.

The last dog that I had, GSD-Dobie (75Lbs), lived a long healthy life on mainly plain Purina dry dogfood. Most people would advise against Purina, and I don't use it now that Nestle bought the company, but my point is that dry is fine.

See: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/dry/ for some reviews, and balance quality with budget. The most expensive is not the best and the cheapest is not the worst... Plus, some dogs can't tolerate a rich, very high protein brand ... it won't hurt them, just causes soft stools, which don't clear up after two weeks...
 
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