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Human Foods Toxic to Dogs

Typically, “people snacks” do not meet a pet’s nutritional needs, may unbalance a previously balanced diet and some may even have detrimental side effects. Certain foods are extremely toxic to Yorkies, Shih-Tzu's, and any toy breed dog or puppy. Please don't take any chances with your puppies health. Feed your yorkie or shih-tzu only their puppy food. For a treat, a small amount of baked, skinless chicken breast is okay. You may also give your puppy a little cottage cheese, or some plain yogurt that contains NO artificial sugar. Yorkie puppies also love parmesan cheese sprinkled on their kibble.

Here is a list of items pet owners should be especially cautious of:

  • Xylitol:
    This sweetener is used in sugar free chewing gums and candies, and is available in a powdered form for use in baking. In people, this sweetener does not impact insulin levels. However, xylitol is a strong promoter of insulin release in dogs leading to hypoglycemia. Common signs in affected dogs include vomiting, weakness, ataxia, seizures and collapse.
  • Onions:
    Contains the toxic ingredient thiosulphate. Dogs affected by onion toxicity will develop hemolytic anemia where the red blood cells burst while circulating in its body. Symptoms include labored breathing, liver damage, vomiting, diarrhea and discolored urine. The poisoning occurs a few days after the puppy has eaten the onion. All forms of onion can be a problem including dehydrated onions, raw onions, cooked onions and onion powder. Be careful of foods containing onion or onion powders. It so toxic to your puppy. Puppies are sometimes fed baby food. Some baby foods contain onion powder! Read the label and check. Baby foods labeled "better tasting" also contain onion powder!
  • Avocados:
    The fruit, pits and plant can trigger fluid retention in your yorkie or shih-tz's lungs. This can lead to difficulty in breathing, causing lack of oxygen, leading to death.
  • Macadamia Nuts:
    Macadamia nut consumption by dogs has been associated with toxic clinical signs consisting of hind leg weakness, depression and tremors.
  • Grapes & Raisins:
    Just a few raisins or grapes can make a yorkie or shih-tzu puppy dog ill. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and lethargy. Grape and raisin ingestion has been reported to cause renal toxicity in dogs. The specific mechanism is not known with clinical pathologic findings related to acute renal failure.
  • Chocolate:
    Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic. This sweet treat can also contain high levels of fat and methylxanthine. The darker the chocolate, the higher the potential for clinica problems, which include vomiting, diarrhea, panting, increased thirst and urination, arrhythmias, and tremors/seizures. According to ASPCA Poison Control, “As little as 20 ounces of milk chocolate or 2 ounces of baking chocolate can cause problems for a 10 pound dog.” After a yorkie or shih-tzu puppy has eaten a large quantity of chocolate, many yorkie owners assume their puppy is unaffected. However, the signs of sickness may not be seen for several hours, with death following within 24 hours. Symptoms include staggering, labored breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, tremors, fever, heart rate increase, arrhythmia, seizures, coma and death.
  • Mushrooms:
    Mushroom toxicity does occur in dogs and can be fatal if certain species of mushrooms are eaten. Amanita phalloides is the the most commonly reported severely toxic species of mushroom in the US but other Amanita species are toxic. Symptoms include abdominal pain, drooling, liver damage, kidney damage, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma and death.
  • Baby Food:
    Baby food is great for a yorkie or shih-tzu puppy that is not eating well, but make certain it contains no onion powder which is toxic. Baby food labeled "better tasting" contains onion powder.
  • Bones from Meat Sources:
    Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
  • Human Medications:
    Although not a snack, human medications were one of the top calls received by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in recent years. Pain relievers, cold medications and other prescription or over the counter medications range in toxicity levels and should be stored in a place where pets cannot get to them.