Do Dogs Get Food Poisoning?

The Dodo spoke with Lenore Harrison, practice manager at Lake Austin Blvd Animal Hospital, to determine how to help his puppy when sick and which foods are likely to cause digestive problems. Yes, there is food poisoning in dogs. Like humans, dogs can get food poisoning from spoiled food, Harrison explains. Most of the time, food poisoning symptoms in dogs are caused not by the actual contaminated food but by consuming food from the table or scraps that are unsuitable for the puppy. For example, you might feel guilty if your dog stares at you across the table and sneaks a piece of cheese, but many dogs are lactose intolerant. 

Which foods cause food poisoning in dogs?

It can be challenging to say exactly what causes your dog’s digestive problems at home, but many of the symptoms are the same. For example, if your dog likes to dive into dumpsters, its old food or raw or undercooked meat may be contaminated with bacteria. Your dog food may have expired longer than you realize.    

Certain types of dogs are more prone to indigestion. Some dogs have genetic markers that can make them more sensitive to food allergies. The breeds with these genetic markers are Maltese, Labrador, Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, Bull Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Geese, Bichon Frise, and American Pitbull Terrier, Harrison told Dodo.    

There are symptoms of food poisoning in dogs. Depending on what your dog eats and how much it eats, symptoms vary in type and severity. The most common symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea, but they are more likely to occur after a dog has eaten food it should not have eaten. According to Harrison, the signs of food poisoning and other digestive problems vary but can include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, panting, saliva flow, dizziness, increased thirst, and urination. There may also be symptoms of seizures, tremors, and even death in severe cases, but Harrison said it’s important to know the signs and to act if your dog is not acting like its usual happy self.    

If you think that your dog might have food poisoning, it is time to call your veterinarian. Your veterinarian should have an emergency veterinary clinic nearby, Harrison said. If you cannot find a location, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. And if you are worried about whether it is safe for your dog to be outside, consult another veterinarian.    

The best way to avoid food poisoning is to ensure that your dog does not stick to food that it should not eat. Check that your puppies “dog food and treats have not expired, and look for recalled pet food. Please do not leave your dog outside for long periods as it tends to get bored and tries to do things it would not normally do. Make sure your bin is covered and your dog doesn’t get in because the Dodo team likes to pet those who deserve our paws.    

What are the symptoms of food poisoning in dogs?

Pay attention to the types of food that are toxic to dogs. Food poisoning can be terrible, and you don’t want your dog to deal with it, especially if the symptoms in a dog are life-threatening. Try not to feed your dog without consulting the veterinarian, as many human foods are unsuitable for dogs and can make them sick. If you know which foods are toxic to dogs, follow these safety instructions to keep unhealthy foods away from your dog, and he will be fine.    

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