OTC medicine guide for dogs & Foods to avoid!

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  1. Widgnwhacker

    Widgnwhacker Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

    Sep 18, 2000
    Imperial Beach, California , USA
    I borrowed this from the Cali Forum, some really good information about OTC drugs and foods that are good and bad for our bird dogs! This information ws brought to us from Shooter and George. Hey all - I posted this sometime last year, but finally found the other part of the article that says what OTC (over the counter) medicines not to give your dog. I've added that to the bottom of the list, and like before attached a text file for a cleaner copy.


    Hope you guys find it handy.

    Here are some more things dogs should avoid. Common sense stuff but some odd ones as well.

    Items to avoid Reasons to avoid

    Alcoholic beverages: Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.

    Baby food: Can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to dogs. (Please see onion below.) Can also result in nutritional deficiencies, if fed in large amounts.

    Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources: Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.

    Cat food Generally too high in protein and fats.

    Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous systems.

    Citrus oil extracts: Can cause vomiting.

    Fat trimmings: Can cause pancreatitis.

    Grapes and raisins Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys.

    Hops Unknown compound causes panting, increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death.

    Human vitamin supplements containing iron: Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.

    Large amounts of liver: Can cause Vitamin A toxicity, which affects muscles and bones.

    Macadamia nuts Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.

    Marijuana: Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.

    Milk and other dairy products: Some adult dogs and cats do not have sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in diarrhea. Lactose-free milk products are available for pets.

    Moldy or spoiled food, garbage: Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.

    Mushrooms: Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.

    Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.

    Persimmons Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.

    Pits from peaches and plums: Can cause obstruction of the digestive tract.

    Potato, rhubarb, and tomato leaves; potato and tomato stems Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems. This is more of a problem in livestock.

    Raw eggs Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.

    Raw fish: Can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death. More common if raw fish is fed regularly.

    Salt If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.
    String Can become trapped in the digestive system; called a "string foreign body."

    Sugary foods: Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.

    Table scraps (in large amounts) Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.

    Tobacco Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.

    Yeast dough: Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.
  2. Yumaducknut

    Yumaducknut Senior Refuge Member

    Nov 13, 2005

    Thanks for the list. I made a copy of it from a post last year and you never know when it's going to save you hunting buddy's life.
  3. Silage Stu

    Silage Stu Banned

    Oct 28, 2007
  4. Waterdog22

    Waterdog22 New Member

    Jan 13, 2006
    Dogs also do not digest soy protein very well either.
  5. Matmo

    Matmo New Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    Maricopa, Arizona
    I would also recommend against allowing your dog to eat cement mix. Hardens in the bowels causing constpation and stomach cramps....from not being able to poop.

    So....you might ask how I know this.....had a dog tear into a bag of post mix once. Don't know why, but she seemed to think it tasted pretty good. Of course three days and several enimas later she finally passed on of the bigest turds I ever saw, and the vet passed me the biggest bill I ever saw....YIKES!!!!
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