New Year, New Focus on Food Safety for Your Dog

VetDC and TANOVEA New Year's Canine Tips

As the New Year gets underway, many people will make resolutions about eating better. But, it’s also an excellent time to focus on food safety for your dog. While eating the wrong “people foods” won’t cause cancer in dogs, it can make them very sick, and in some cases can result in death.

Common Foods that are Toxic to Dogs

To keep your dog happy and healthy, be sure they never consume the following foods:

  • Grapes and raisins. These sweet treats that are great for humans can be deadly to dogs. They can lead to kidney failure, which in extreme cases may result in death. Experts don’t yet know what is harmful in grapes and raisins, but the damage they can cause is clear.
  • Milk and other dairy. Dogs don’t have enough lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), so consuming milk and related foods can cause digestive upset and diarrhea.
  • Macadamia nuts. Eating these nuts can cause a dog to experience weakness, tremors, vomiting and hyperthermia. These issues occur within 12 hours of ingestion and can last from 12 to 48 hours.
  • Coffee and chocolate. These human favorites contain substances called methylxanthines that can cause diarrhea, vomiting, panting, excessive thirst and urination, abnormal heart rhythm, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures and, potentially, death in dogs. Darker chocolate has more methylxanthines than milk chocolate, and baking chocolate has the highest level, but all chocolates and coffee should be strictly avoided.
  • Onions and garlic. Gastrointestinal irritation and possible red blood cell damage can occur if a dog consumes a large enough amount of these foods.
  • Animal bones. It might seem like animal bones would be a healthy and natural snack. However, while bones prepared by pet food manufacturers are likely safe, tossing your best friend something right from your cutting board can be very dangerous. Bones can splinter and cause serious damage to a dog’s digestive tract, in some cases resulting in death.
  • Alcohol. Alcoholic beverages and foods that contain alcohol can cause serious problems in dogs. This includes diarrhea, vomiting, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, coma and potentially death. Dogs should never be given alcohol, and if alcohol is spilled on the floor, dogs should be kept away until the spill is cleaned up.

Looking Out for the Dog You Love

While our mission at VetDC is to find the most effective ways to treat cancer in dogs with innovative drugs like TANOVEA™-CA1 (rabacfosadine for injection), we don’t want dogs to suffer from other conditions simply because they ate the wrong foods. No doubt you feel the same way!

To learn more about TANOVEA-CA1, contact us today.


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  2. My dog has a lump on her ear. It’s hard hurts when I touch it. She seems to be ok eats, plays, normal actions.