6 Fruits You Shouldn’t Feed Your Dog and Why
Giving your dog fruits and veggies can be a great way to add variety to their diet and make them healthier. However, not all fruits and vegetables are safe to give to your dog. Here are 6 fruits that are potentially dangerous to give your dog.
Cherries are a common ingredient in dog treats and many people give them to their dogs, thinking they are healthy. Unfortunately, dogs can be extremely sensitive to certain aspects of cherries and they are not safe for dogs to eat. Cherries contain high levels of phenethylamine, a chemical that dogs are unable to metabolize. This means that phenethylamine is stored in their livers as fat. This gives dogs a high amount of this chemical when they consume cherries. While dogs can metabolize phenethylamine, it is generally not metabolized to any great degree and dogs can experience some pretty serious effects.
If eaten too quickly, grapefruit can result in mouth and intestinal irritation. As a fruit, grapefruit is high in vitamin C and the mineral boron, which is important for developing the immune system. Salad leaves Salad leaves are high in oxalates, a type of chemical found in the dirt. Unfortunately, dogs are drawn to these compounds and can quickly become toxic. Unlike raw greens, dogs can’t usually chew through raw salad leaves. Instead, most humans eat them as part of a salad. Tofu The amino acid taurine found in tofu can be harmful to dogs. The high level of taurine can cause vomiting, seizures, coma, and even death. Pet parents should avoid feeding their dog foods that contain taurine, including kale, hemp, and eggs.
Grapes can be extremely toxic to dogs. The poison could be found in their skin, leaves, seeds, or in a few different parts of the fruit. One of the major symptoms of grape toxicity is inability to breathe. This condition is called aspiration. Symptoms include: Diminished alertness Non-responsiveness Lethargy Suffocation Seizures Early symptoms of grape toxicity can appear anywhere between an hour and 3 days after eating grapes. Avoid giving grapes to your dog! Basil Like grapes, basil can also cause breathlessness, lethargy, and seizures. However, the primary symptoms of basil toxicity are choking and projectile vomiting. Do not give basil to your dog.
Lemons are acidic and can cause serious side effects if your dog consumes too much. According to many articles, dogs are able to tolerate around half a lemon in a day, but the small amount of lemon can cause internal bleeding. Because lemons have the highest pH of any citrus fruit, they have the highest potential to cause internal bleeding in dogs, particularly if eaten in large amounts. Pears Linda Duong, the author of “The No-Ketchup Diet” says that dogs are actually not able to taste pear juice at all. Because of this, most humans would eat more raw pears if they weren’t aware that dogs are not able to taste it. Plums Plums have a strong fruit and skin smell that can make dogs sick, and will cause excessive vomiting if your dog ingests them.
Limes can be incredibly toxic for dogs. The toxic chemicals in limes include hydrocyanic acid. Hydrocyanic acid is a strong, irritating toxin that can cause kidney damage, liver damage and neurological issues. Symptoms of limes toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea and weakness. Make sure you buy fresh limes and the skin hasn’t been peeled or eaten. You should also always cook with fresh limes, since commercial citrus juice can have additives such as citric acid which is also potentially toxic to dogs. Brams Brams can cause liver damage, vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. While they’re not as toxic as limes, bram greens (basil) and cleome can cause an upset stomach. You should make sure that the stems and leaves are removed from the bram seeds and plants.
Several studies have shown that plums are toxic for dogs and if your dog ingests the seeds, they can have an upset stomach. Plums should be given to dogs as an ingredient in recipes where the fruit is used as a marinade or to make into a gravy or jam. Apples Apples are a wonderful source of vitamin C and are usually safe. However, dogs that are taking antacids or digestive enzymes can be at risk of food poisoning if they eat a lot of apples because the fruit has been highly processed. Cucumbers Cucumbers and tomatoes are good for dogs. That’s the problem. The large amounts of vinegar in the fruit can irritate their stomach and cause vomiting. Grapes The seeds in grapes are very bitter and can cause dogs to vomit, even when they’re not overly-excited.