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FDA: When eaten by dogs, some human foods bite back

Posted November 16

Most dogs are all about food, meaning they will eat just about anything.

But certain human foods are toxic for four-legged members of the family.

Sam Glatzer said her toddler gave grapes to the family dog Theo, something she noticed later when she saw an empty bowl.

The Glatzers immediately rushed their dog to an animal hospital.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released a list of foods that some people may not know make dogs sick.

Onions, garlic and chives, or any foods seasoned with them, can damage a dog's red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.

Macadamia nuts can lead to vomiting, fever and muscle weakness. Fatty foods, such as fried chicken can inflame a dog's pancreas.

And Xylitol, a low-calorie sweetener used in many processed foods such as gum, can cause a rapid spike in a dog's insulin levels.

"Just a few pieces of chewing gum that contain Xylitol could lower a small dog's blood sugar to dangerous levels," Consumer Reports' Julia Calderone said.

Like gapes, raisins and dried currants can be extremely toxic for the kidneys, to the point of causing renal failure.

Another thing to consider is that smaller dogs are more sensitive to toxic foods.

The FDA says cats can have similar reactions to dogs, but they are often pickier eaters and usually less likely to eat something that will make them sick.

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