5 Dog Toxins You May Not Know About

Dogs are notorious for chewing things, so it’s important to know what is dangerous and what to look out for if your dog eats the wrong thing.

Posted: June 6, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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border terrierDogs aren't always aware of the dangerous things they put in their mouth - but you can be. 

Dr. Patty Lathan, of the Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine shares a list of 5 things to be aware of.
  1. Ibuprofen Ibuprofen and many other human pain relievers cause kidney failure and bleeding. 
  2. Tylenol Tylenol or acetaminophen can cause liver failure for dogs.
  3. Sago Palm Ingestion of any part of the plant is toxic and can cause severe liver failure, but the seeds are the worst, and two or three seeds can be deadly to a medium-sized dog. Dogs show signs within 24 to 72 hours of ingestion, and vomiting is often the first symptom. 
  4. Grapes and Raisins Grapes and raisins are eaten by many dogs without causing illness, but some dogs will develop kidney failure within 72 hours. 
  5. Xylitol  Xylitol is an artificial sweetener used in some foods and gums. If dogs ingest the sweetener or gum they may develop low blood sugar or liver failure.
If your dog ingests any of these toxins, call a veterinarian or emergency clinic for advice immediately. For more information on medical conditions click here: Medical Conditions
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Jean M.   Oceanside, CA

12/14/2011 9:44:20 PM

Very helpful. THANKS SO MUCH. I thought you would mention CHOCOLATE!!!

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Dorenn   Boerne, TX

6/18/2011 4:19:35 PM

thanks this helped a lot.Now i know to be more careful

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Mike   Columbia, TN

6/18/2011 10:57:48 AM

What I meant to say was is that "I hope that everyone's Saturday is going great and I hope that they have a great week". I'm sorry about the typo.

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Mike   Columbia, TN

6/18/2011 10:53:01 AM

Interesting article! I hope that everyone's Saturday is going great and I hope that they had a great Flag Day! That goes for last year and all the other years that I've missed. I'm sorry that I didn't say anything about this last time, but it slipped my mind! I also hope that they have a great Father's Day! That goes for last year and all the other years that I've missed,as well.

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