Swallowing Dangers - Dogs

14th Mar 2017


So with Christmas a distant memory the next celebration arrives in the form of Easter. However, this may not be a time of celebration for our pets.

There are many dangers that dogs can ingest over this period so we thought we would compile a list to raise awareness of those foods that can potentially cause dogs’ serious damage or in some cases even worse, death.

For instance the whole grape family (raisins, sultanas, dried or fresh) can affect dog’s kidneys but symptoms aren’t always visible until it’s too late. 

Chocolate rapidly increases the heart rate and in the worst case scenario can cause cardiac arrest.

The main point is that if your dog ingests anything that isn’t dog food over the Easter period please call us immediately on 01858 462 839. Do not delay by waiting to see if anything happens.


There are four important steps to follow:

1. Prevent your dog from eating any more
2. Phone us immediately on 01858 462 839
3. Bring any packaging with you. As time is crucial this may be invaluable in identifying the poison.
4. Go to the surgery as quickly as possible


Other poisonings that we have seen at this time of year:

  • Onions – These are included in many of our favourite foods, these can cause issues with the red blood cells leading to anaemia. This includes all of the onion family - leeks, chives, spring onions are also dangerous.

  • Xylitol – Can be found in sugar free products i.e. chewing gum and ready meals. Xylitol causes an increase in insulin followed by a drop in blood sugar and hypoglycaemia. This can be followed by liver failure; the smallest amount can cause problems.

  • Mould – The food we throw away will always be tempting to dogs but mouldy food is particularly dangerous as it can contain mycotoxins especially in dairy products and bread. Some of the common signs we see are muscle tremors, convulsions and coma.

  • Apples, peaches and plums (pips can contain cyanide)

  • E Cigarettes (nicotine and other ingredients)

  • Mushrooms and Toadstools (even edible ones)

  • Slug bait

  • Plants, bulbs and flowers

  • Medicines

We hope the information above has given you some useful advice to avoid any harm coming to your dog over Easter. Remember if it isn’t dog food it could be dangerous.

For more advice, please do not hesitate to contact us at the surgery on 01858 462 839