Q: Can some foods that are healthy for people be dangerous for dogs?
Oz Says: Absolutely! Your dog may be able to drink from the toilet without health repercussions, but something as innocent as grapes can send you on an emergency trip to the vet. "Most people know that chocolate is toxic for dogs but may not be aware of other problems lurking in kitchens," says veterinarian Tina Wismer, medical director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in Urbana, IL.
Be especially vigilant if you have a tiny dog. The danger from foods hinges on the amount he eats, how big your pup is, and how much toxin is in the food. In small dogs like Chihuahuas and dachshunds, one bite of some foods may be all it takes to cause trouble; larger ones won't have problems unless they get their paws on more.
Keep your pooch away from anything on this A to Z list, says the ASPCA:
- coconut and coconut oil
- coffee (and other foods containing caffeine)
- milk and dairy
- raw/undercooked meat and bones
- salt (and salty snack foods)
- xylitol (a sweetener)
- yeast-based dough (raw)
This story originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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