What foods should I keep in a pantry or closed cupboard out of access from my dog?
Baking powder and baking soda are two of the most common things you’ll find in a pantry. Both pose dangers to your dog, because they are classified as leavening agents, causing dough to rise. Both also contain sodium bicarbonate, which causes muscle spasms, heart failure and abnormal levels of electrolytes, potassium and calcium in your dog’s blood.
Common spices, such as salt, pepper, onion, garlic, cocoa powder, nutmeg and mace, are also dangerous. In fact, too much nutmeg could result in the death of your pet.
Here are some other dangerous items that you may find in a pantry or cupboard:
• Chocolate: This could possibly be the most harmful food for your dog. Symptoms include nervousness, hypertension, diarrhea, urinary incontinence, panting, excitement, seizures or, in extreme cases, death. Keep in mind that, especially during the holidays, chocolate is often combined with the macadamia nut, another toxic food.
• Coffee, tea, other caffeinated items: Hyperactivity and rapid heartbeat.
• Vitamins: Fat-soluble vitamins, A, E, D and K, aren’t excreted, so they’re absorbed—and that can lead to things like Vitamin A poisoning.
• Cat food: High in protein.
• Raisins: Even just a few can shut down the kidneys.
• Nuts: Especially the macadamia and moldy ones (the mold releases a toxin).
All nuts are ingredients in cookies and candy, so mix it with chocolate and you have a particularly lethal combination.
• Yeast: It can expand in your pet’s stomach or intestines and it ferments into alcohol, resulting in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and even life-threatening bloat and a twisted stomach.
• Xylitol: A sugar substitute commonly used in toothpastes, mouthwash, sugarless gum, certain cough medicines and children’s chewable multi-vitamins, baked goods and candy. This product is recommended for diabetics and those following a low-carbohydrate diet, but will cause hypoglycemia in your dog.