Foods To Avoid

The following foods should be restricted (used sparingly) in a canine diet:

* Garlic: beneficial in doses up to 1 small clove per 20 pounds of body weight, but can cause anemia if given in larger quantities.
* Potatoes (the regular kind, not sweet potatoes), tomatoes, peppers (all kinds) and eggplant may aggravate arthritis pain, but are otherwise fine to feed. Grains and starchy veggies may also aggravate arthritis and other forms of inflammation.

While most foods safe for people are also safe for dogs, there are a few notable exceptions. Here are some foods you should not feed your dog:

* Onions: can cause a form of anemia. Reaction is dose-dependent and can build up over time. Small amounts are not harmful, but there’s no reason to feed them.
* Macadamia nuts: toxic to dogs, even in very small amounts.
* Chocolate and caffeine: toxic to dogs.
* Xylitol, a natural sweetener, is toxic to dogs. It is found in some water additives, such as C.E.T. AquaDent and Petrodex Breath Spray For Pets, made by Virbac Animal Health, BreathaLyser Plus and AQuala, made by imRex, Inc.. It is also found in many human products, including sugar-free gum, mints and children's vitamins. See New Findings on the Effects of Xylitol Ingestion in Dogs for more information.
* Grapes and raisins: can cause kidney failure in a few dogs for unknown reasons if fed in large amounts; 3 to 6 ounces per 20 lbs of body weight is the lowest amount known to have caused toxicity. Many dog owners use grapes and raisins – in small amounts – as a training treat or snack and have seen no ill effects; others feel the potential for danger exceeds the value of feeding grapes or raisins. Most important: Do not leave bunches or grapes or boxes of raisins anywhere your dog might be able to get them. Most cases of grape toxicity occurred when a dog “stole” a large ration.


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