Dangerous Foods Lead to Life-threatening Conditions for Pugs

Some dangerous foods appear harmless. Yet, they can prove fatal for your Pug. You might think that any food that is good enough for you is good enough for your pet. Well, think again!

Most Pugs eat just about anything, including poisonous food. They especially love human food. Using a whole arsenal of tricks, they plea, stand on their hind legs, roll over and play dead and even shake hands with you for food.

Many of the foods that we eat are toxic foods for Pugs. Some can even cause death. Often, we feed our Pugs poisonous food unknowingly. Here is a list of human foods that a Pug should never eat.

What are some dangerous foods that Pugs should not eat?

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You should never give your Pug alcoholic beverages. This includes any human foods that contain alcohol as an ingredient. We have all seen the commercial where the family dog goes to the refrigerator and gets a beer. As its reward, he is given a drink.

Not only is this cruel, but alcohol can put your Pug in extreme danger. It can cause breathing difficulties, tremors, vomiting, and diarrhea. Damage to the central nervous system, causing a lack of coordination can also occur.

Because of its size, a toy dog becomes intoxicated much quicker than a human does. Suffering from alcohol blood poisoning, the animal cam go into a coma, and die.

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Avocados contain a fungicidal toxin. This toxin, persin, causes vomiting, diarrhea, fluid accumulation in the abdominal region, and breathing disorders. Because of its fatty content, eating avocados can lead to an inflammation of the pancreas as well as, obesity.

Many baby food makers add onion and garlic to their foods. These spices make the food tasty. Some pet owners use baby food in many dog food recipes. Sometimes, a Pug owner feeds their pet this human food to entice an ill pet to eat.

The owner thinks that this is one way to insure that the animal gets some nourishment. Baby food can cause weakness, anemia, vomiting, and death. Although most babies like the food, the meat and vegetable selections, are dangerous foods for your Pug.

Another poisonous food, baking soda can cause your Pug to suffer electrolyte changes, muscle spasms and congestive heart failure. Your Pug may have a sweet tooth. He probably prefers a cookie to a healthy snack.

As a responsible pet owner, you need to be aware of the dangers lurking in many baked goods. Learn to read the labels on all food given to your little friend. Human foods may actually contain the leavening agent, baking soda. All baked products containing baking soda may be toxic foods for Pugs.

Cooked bones (especially chicken bones) are potentially dangerous foods for dogs. Bones often splinter when the animal gnaws on them. The fractures lodge in the dog’s stomach, causing intestinal blockages and perforations. Bacterial infections can occur.

Eating cooked bones can also cause broken teeth, mouth, and tongue problems. A bone can get stuck in the windpipe. If this happens, a life-threatening situation may occur.

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Caffeine products can be toxic foods for Pugs. These human foods affect the heart and nervous system. Coffee and tea both have high levels of caffeine.

They are extremely dangerous foods. After ingesting these human foods, a dog can develop diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, tremors, increased and irregular heart rate, fever, coma, and death.

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All types of chocolate present a potential danger to your dog. Some chocolates are more potent than others are. Chocolate contains caffeine, theobromine or theophylline. This gives the animal double dosages of toxicity.

Both the heart and nervous system may be affected. The symptoms include increased and abnormal heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, hyperactivity, increased thirst and urination, tremors and ultimately death.

Dark chocolate, cocoa, semi-sweet and baking chocolate are the most dangerous foods for your dog. Almost every baker has these ingredient in her kitchen. It is very tempting to sneak your pet a treat.

You think that baking chocolate is better for your pet. After all, it is not very sweet. Do not do it! Reactions can take up to 24 hours to occur. Death could follow within 24 hours after the reactions surface.

A pet owner may cook corn on the cob. He eats the corn off of the cob. He then, gives the cob to the dog to eat. Ingested corncobs do not break down and work their way through a Pug's system. They wreak havoc on the digestive track. Corncobs are stuck in the intestinal track.

The symptoms are vomiting, straining during defecation, whimpering, trembling, restlessness, and either an increase or decrease in the animal’s liquid intake. Surgically removal becomes necessary. If not, your dog will die. This is one human food that poses a great risk to dogs.

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Fruits such as peaches, cherries, plums, and apricots have pits. The pits are dangerous foods for Pugs and other dogs. They contain cyanogenic glycosides, which can result in cyanide poisoning.

Symptoms include dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, hyperventilation, shock, and death. If the animal swallows a pit, surgically removable becomes necessary.

Garlic, listed as a healthy spice for humans, contains toxins. Garlic is similar to onions. When used in moderation, this human food is less toxic. Many pet owners use it to flavor homemade dog foods and treats.

If used sparingly, it is safe. Too much garlic negatively affects a dog's red blood cell count. Other side effects include a rapid heartbeat, excessive panting, lethargy and blood in the urine.

Continuous consuming the herb can give the dog hemolytic anemia, an illness that makes the red blood cells circulating in the bloodstream burst, leaving the dog with a low red blood cell count.

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Grapes, raisins, and currants contains toxins. These toxins can damage kidneys, cause kidney failure and lead to the animal’s death. Since many commercially prepared cakes and cookies contain raisins, avoid giving these baked products to your pet.

Raisins have high levels of these toxins. Eating even small amounts of these dangerous foods can cause acute renal failure. Other symptoms of poisoning include abdominal pain, diarrhea and lethargy.

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Mushrooms are considered poisonous foods for dogs. Depending on the mushroom, toxic effects include damage to the liver, heart, or kidneys causing death. Mushrooms growing in the wild can be extremely hazardous to your dog.

While not all wild mushrooms are harmful, it is often difficult to determine which are safe. Toxic mushrooms can cause a multitude of potentially deadly problems in dogs, including vomiting, diarrhea, kidney and liver damage, and convulsions. Your beloved Pug could die within three to seven days.

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Nutmeg  and Mace are dangerous foods. You should avoid feeding your dog these spices.

If your dog ingests either of these spices, it could cause abdominal pain, vomiting and central nervous system excitement followed by profound drowsiness. Too much nutmeg could result in the death of your pet.

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Almonds, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts, and walnuts contain toxins that can affect the muscles, digestive system, and nervous system. These toxic foods for Pugs have high phosphorous contents. This may cause bladder stones. Other health problems include swollen limbs, weakness, tremors and panting.

Although almonds are non-toxic, this human food contains a lot of fat. Large amounts of almonds cause upset stomachs, vomiting, diarrhea, pancreatitis, and weigh gain. Breathing difficulties, arrhythmia, and death may also occur. Since a Pug is notorious for swallowing its food without chewing, chocking may occur if given almonds.

Pistachio nuts also contain aflatoxic. Dogs cannot tolerate this chemical. Eating pistachio nuts can cause cancer and liver disease. Macadamia nuts contain pepsin. This ingredient causes vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Some temporary paralysis may occur.

Walnuts are poisonous to dogs, with symptoms ranging from vomiting to paralysis to death. Other common problems include muscle tremors, seizures, diarrhea, drooling, elevated heart and respiratory rates, and restlessness.

The Black Walnut contains a toxin called juglone. This toxin causes stomach upsets or obstructions. Moldy walnut shells can cause seizures and neurological symptoms.

Macadamia nuts contain an unknown toxin that makes these nuts a potentially dangerous food for dogs. Even small amounts of nuts are toxic to Pugs. As few as six macadamia nuts could cause major problems.

Within 12 hours of ingesting some macadamia nuts, your pet could display an inability to walk or stand, vomit, and become weak. Its heart rate accelerates. Its body temperature increases. This type of nut is a very poisonous food for dogs.

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Onions, onion powder, chives, and shallots: This group of dangerous foods contains toxins that can damage red blood cells, resulting in anemia. These human foods damage both the gastrointestinal tract and red blood cells.

Your pet develops breathing problems several days after eating the poisonous food. It really does not matter if he ate a large helping of the dangerous food or several small helpings over time. The results are the same. These foods are dangerous in all forms, dried, raw, cooked and dehydrated.

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Potato peeling and green, undeveloped potatoes contains toxins. One toxin, solanine is a member of the nightshade family. Consuming either potato peelings or green potatoes put your pet at risks. The risk level depends upon your dog’s weight, overall health condition, and the amount of these dangerous foods eaten.

Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, burning of the throat, cardiac dysrhythmia, tremors, seizures, abdominal pain. In more severe cases, paralysis, fever, jaundice, dilated pupils, hypothermia and death.

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Raw salmon is one of the most dangerous foods for Pugs. This fish is highly toxic. It can contain a parasite that causes an illness (SPD) with a 90% mortality rate.

Common symptoms of salmon poisoning include vomiting, lack of appetite, fever, diarrhea, weakness, swollen lymph nodes, and dehydration. If left untreated, the animal dies. This occurs within fourteen days after the animal eats the toxic fish.

Rhubarb leaves contain calcium oxalates. The leaves make this vegetable one of the most poisonous food for a dog to consume.

The chemical can affect a dog's nervous, digestive and urinary systems, and can result in excessive drooling, tremors and kidney failure. If left untreated, death is certain.

Too much salt can cause electrolyte imbalances in dogs. Ingesting large amounts on a regular basis causes kidney failure, Some of the symptoms of too much salt include seizures, blindness, dehydration, loss of appetite, and death within 24 hours.

Apple seeds, pear seed, persimmon seeds contain cyanogenic glycosides that can result in cyanide poisoning. Apple seeds are only mildly poisonous if ingested in small amounts.

Yet, too many of these seeds can lead to cyanide poisoning. Persimmon seeds can cause inflammation or blockage of the intestines, causing enteritis. Other symptoms include diarreha, and a high temperature.

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Tomato Plants and vines contain toxins that cause dilated pupils, tremors and irregular heartbeat. The leaves and stems of tomato plants are the most toxic parts of the plant, followed by unripe (green) tomatoes and ripe (red) tomatoes.

Tomato plants are part of the Solanaceae or nightshade plant family. This group includes peppers, potatoes, paprika, nicotiana and belladonna. Eating the tomato leaves may cause skin irritation. Tomato vines produce toxic alkaloids. As with the other parts of the tomato plant, the vine is also poisonous.

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Since cooked bones create health issues for a Pug, an owner often gives the animal slices of turkey, skin and all. This usually occurs around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Turkey skin has a high fat content. Too much turkey skin can cause acute Pancreatitis in dogs.

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Yeast dough can expand in the digestive system. It causes bloating, leading to death. Yeast dough can also cause gas to build up in your dog's gastrointestinal tract.

This build up causes the stomach and intestines to expand and possibly burst. Any foods containing yeastare dangeous foods. They should be off-limits for the animal.

Xylitol is a common artificial sweetener used by diabetics and those wanting to control their sugar intake. Xylitol is not for pets. It can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar.

The results are depression, loss of coordination, and seizures. Other symptoms are weakness, vomiting, collapsing, and high levels of insulin. Liver failure occurs. Feeding your dog any product that contains xylitol can cause an emergency that could lead to its death if left untreated.

You have a responsibility to your Pug. This means keeping him healthy and safe. It means keeping dangerous foods stored out of his reach. It means never feeding him anything without first reading the label. Giving him human foods, no matter how he begs, is not an option.

It only takes a small amount of poisonous foods to prove fatal. If you want to indulge your pet with home cooked meals, you need to learn which human foods are safe for him. Even if a dangerous food can be used in moderations, it is best not to use it at all.

Your Pug should have the best diet that you can afford. It deserves a diet that is safe, enriched with all of the proper nutrition. It does not matter if you choose a raw diet or elect home-cooked meals, you are responsible for your pet's health. 

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