It can be difficult to remember everything that’s toxic for dogs to ingest, so hopefully we can help refresh your brain a little bit. For an added reminder and to let others know that might be staying at your home, our handy Toxic Dog Foods refrigerator magnet is a great way to keep this information easily accessible. Still, it’s important to understand the foods and ingredients that should be avoided when it comes to feeding your dog.
#1 – Chocolate
Chocolate is the obvious ingredient that most owners are knowledgeable about. This is good, because chocolate can be very toxic to dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is to ingest. This is because chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine – both ingredients that are toxic to dogs. These ingredients in excess can be fatal, so seek veterinary attention right away if your dog eats any chocolate.
#2 – Caffeine
Caffeine, mostly found in coffees and teas, is a substance that is toxic to dogs. Dogs are more sensitive to the affects of this chemical than humans are and small amounts can become dangerous. Moderate amounts of coffee grounds, tea leaves, energy drinks or caffeinated medications can be quickly fatal to some dogs.