It's common for dogs to accidentally consume substances that could cause them serious harm. As well as poisons and chemicals which would make a human seriously ill, there are some seemingly harmless foods that could threaten a dog's life if they eat enough of it.
If a dog swallows something likely to make it seriously ill, you may need to take steps to make it throw up. However, some methods could cause even more harm to the dog or simply be ineffective. Always consult a veterinarian before making a dog throw up.
Some common vegetables are highly toxic for dogs. Corn can cause intestinal obstructions, which can prove fatal. Any member of the onion family and avocados can irritate a dog's gastrointestinal tract, leading to vomiting and diarrhea. Grapes and raisins contain an unknown toxin which causes liver and kidney failure in dogs.
Macadamia nuts, chocolate, alcohol, and an artificial sweetener called xylitol are also highly dangerous for dogs. If a dog consumes any of these foods even in very small amounts, they should see a veterinarian as soon as possible, even if they appear well. Some effects may not become apparent until several days following consumption.
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