We all know that raisins, grapes and chocolate are off-limits for our canine companions. But did you know that there are other kitchen items and foods that can pose a risk to your beloved pet? For instance, you’ve just left a loaf of bread to rise on your counter. The house is filled with the scent of warm yeast. You come back a few minutes later to find an empty bowl and a guilty-looking dog. No bread dough in sight. Uh-oh, you think. Is bread dough toxic to dogs?
Surprisingly, there are many common things in your kitchen that you might not consider a threat. Yet these can pose a significant risk to our canine friends. As an emergency veterinarian, I encountered all of these at some point in my nine years in the ER.
Most dog owners don’t know this poses a threat. Rising bread dough is filled with yeast. When in a warm, moist environment (like a dog’s stomach), it will continue to rise and ferment. The fermentation process results in two problems: significant abdominal bloating and discomfort, and the production of ethanol alcohol. Not only will your dog be bloated and painful, but also drunk! Bread dough ingestion requires immediate veterinary care to prevent serious consequences. Other, yeast-free doughs (such as biscuit and cookie) do not present the same concerns, although cookie dough frequently contains raw eggs, chocolate chips and/or raisins.
With the rise in popularity of home brewing, hops toxicity is becoming more and more common. While you may have heard about “spent” grains being used in dog treats; these should not be confused with hops. The “spent” hops cause a condition called malignant hyperthermia, in which a dog’s body temperature can reach 108 degrees or more. Other symptoms include restlessness, panting, drooling and abdominal pain. It is a life-threatening illness if not recognized and treated rapidly.
It’s hard to believe that this could pose a risk to your canine buddy, but empty chip bags have been implicated in several asphyxiation deaths recently. Make sure that…