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What is a list of toxic foods for dogs?

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Although dogs are omnivores, garlic, onions, chocolate and grapes are highly toxic to them. Fruit seeds and pits in general should be avoided; those that are not toxic often present choking hazards to canines. Nuts, mold and alcohol are very dangerous to dogs as well.

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What is a list of toxic foods for dogs?
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While avocados cause only mild gastric upset in dogs, the skin, leaves, seed and bark of the fruit are much more problematic, containing a toxic chemical known as persin. Small amounts of flesh and oil are sometimes included in commercial dog foods and should not present a problem.

Raw bread dough or anything containing yeast should never be fed to a dog. The warm, moist conditions of the stomach create a breeding ground for live yeast cultures that cause the raw dough to expand in the abdomen. In worst-case scenarios, this can lead to the death of tissue. Furthermore, as the yeast multiplies, it can create alcohols that cause the dog to become inebriated.

Xylitol is a common artificial sweetener found in gum and some baked products. While it has no discernible affect on humans, in dogs xylitol leads to a rapid and severe drop in blood sugar levels, sometimes resulting in seizures and liver failure in as little as 30 minutes after ingestion.

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