In our post, Fruits and Vegetables Your Dog CAN eat, we talk about just that, what they can eat. But what about the fruits and vegetables they can’t? Are there types they can’t or shouldn’t have? Fruits and vegetables are healthy for us as humans, but not all of them play so nicely with our furry kids. Like we mentioned in that post, dogs are carnivores, so fruits and vegetables aren’t necessary for their diet, but can have some added benefits. If you have kids like us, you know they are notorious for sharing with their furry sibling. So, let’s see what fruits and vegetables we don’t want to share with them.
Fruits Your Dog Can’t Have
Grapes – Grapes are at the top of fruits not to give your dog. They are very toxic for dogs no matter the breed or age. Grapes and raisins are so toxic to dogs that they can cause acute sudden kidney failure, so be sure skip this treat.
Tomato Plants – The fruit itself (the red part we eat), is generally safe for dogs to eat, but the green parts of the plant contain a toxic substance called solanine. Your dog would need to consume a large amount to make them sick, but better to avoid it, then to have a sick dog. So, if your dog happens to sneak away with a slice of tomato at the family BBQ this summer, it won’t hurt them.
Avocado – Avocados are a no, no! The pit and skin contain persin, a toxin that causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. The inside of the fruit doesn’t have as much, but it’s still too much for your dog.
Cherries – Cherries contain cyanide that is toxic to dogs. If your dog managed to steal some cherries, keep an eye out for dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, and red gums. These are signs of cyanide poisoning.
Vegetables Your Dog Can’t Have
Mushrooms – Wild mushrooms can be toxic to your dog. Not all mushrooms are toxic, but the ones that are, can really hurt your dog or even lead to death. Mushrooms from the supermarket could be all right, but it’s better in our opinion to be safe than sorry.
Onions – Onions, Leeks, and Chives are part of a family of plants called Allium that is poisonous to most pets. They can cause your dog’s red blood cells to rupture, and cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea. Japanese breeds like Akitas and Shiba Inus are more severely affected, than other dog breeds.
As we can see with the fruit and vegetables they can’t have, some of them have some serious side effects, so it’s good for us to be informed for the health of our dog.
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