Foods you shouldn't give your Jack Russell

Knowledge is the best precaution

Apart from chocolate, there are quite a few foods that are harmful to Jack Russells that we humans take for granted in our own diets. The foods might surprise you, as some of them aren't as well publicised as others.

We've covered chocolate in another article, and why a certain substance is responsible for its toxicity.

This article is to make you aware of what the research says about certain foods, and therefore what you should keep away from when feeding your Jack Russell.

If you accidentally feed your Jack Russell any of these foods, take him to the vet immediately.

Grapes and raisins

Researchers have recently found that grapes and raisins can cause acute kidney failure in dogs. As little as one raisin can be harmful to a 9kg dog (e.g. a Jack Russell), causing vomiting at first and then signs of kidney failure within 3-5 days.

Onions and garlic

These cause hemolytic anemia in dogs, the abnormal breakdown of red blood cells. Small doses usually don't show any ill effects, but consistent daily doses can have seriously negative consequences. The culprits are alleged to be allyl propyl disulfide and thiosulfate.

Hops and yeast

Hops, known as an ingredient in beer-brewing, is known to cause serious cases of hyperthermia in dogs, which is usually fatal. Yeast dough can cause either intestinal blockage or internal fermentation leading to alcohol poisoning.

Macadamia nuts

These cause hyperthermia, tremors, and abdominal pain, although the exact mechanism is not known. The effects are usually non-fatal.

Chewing gum and toothpaste

Although 99% of the time it may not even cross your mind to feed these to your Jack Russell, they contain xylitol, a sugar alternative that has been known to cause fatal liver damage.

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