Vanilla is safe for dogs Vanilla itself is not toxic to dogs. If you get vanilla straight from the pod, it is safe for your dog. Vanilla extract is dangerous because it has a high alcohol content (35%). Both pure and many imitation vanilla extracts contain alcohol. Alcohol is rapidly absorbed in a dog’s stomach and is toxic. If your dog is eating vanilla flavored foods, such as ice cream, yogurt, and cake, the vanilla will not cause problems but other ingredients in the food may.
Poppy seeds are safe for dogs Poppy seeds are not toxic to dogs. Poppy seeds can contain low levels of opium which can lead to sedation if very large amounts are eaten. This is not a concern if your dog manages to eat a bit of a poppy seed muffin or bagel. Other parts of the poppy plant also contain small amounts of opium so it’s best to avoid the plant if it’s growing nearby. Eating large amounts of poppy can lead to sedation, constipation, pinpoint pupils, and slowed…
Peppermint is safe for dogs Peppermint is not toxic to dogs, but it does contain oils which can cause vomiting and diarrhea with large ingestions. Avoid giving peppermint flavored candy to your dog because the sugar content is unhealthy for dogs, and sugar free varieties may contain xylitol which is toxic. Do not use peppermint essential oils on your dog. They are toxic whether applied on the skin or given orally.
Cayenne is safe for dogs Fresh and powdered cayenne pepper is not toxic to dogs. It can however, cause irritation to a dog’s eyes or paws and irritate mucous membranes. This can be painful if your dog accidentally inhales some cayenne powder and it is why cayenne is sometimes used as a dog repellent. Depending on the amount eaten, cayenne can also cause gastrointestinal irritation.
Dill is safe for dogs Dill is safe for dogs, whether dried of fresh. It has antioxidant and antibacterial properties and can be used to freshen a dog’s breath. It may also help with digestion. Fresh dill can irritate a dog’s skin with prolonged contact.
Oregano is safe for dogs Oregano is safe in moderation although it is a gastrointestinal irritant and can cause mild vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. It contains antioxidants and has antimicrobial properties. Oregano is best used fresh or dry if giving it to your dog. Essential oils can cause liver damage and other problems depending on concentration, so it’s best to avoid oregano oils.
Rosemary is safe for dogs Rosemary is safe for your dog to consume in moderation. It contains antioxidants and has natural antibacterial properties. It may also be helpful for digestion and can act as a natural flea repellent. Both fresh and dried rosemary are safe. Do not give your dog rosemary oils or extracts since they can act as a stimulant to the nervous system and have toxic effects at higher concentrations.
Thyme is safe for dogs Thyme is safe for your dog to consume. It contains antioxidants and has natural antibacterial properties. Your dog shouldn’t have any problems with thyme if they eat it from your garden or eat any foods that you seasoned with fresh or dried thyme.
Xylitol is toxic for dogs Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that is often used as a sugar substitute. Most xylitol poisonings occur after ingestion of sugar-free gum, but xylitol can also be found in some baked goods, peanut butter, toothpaste, mouth wash, deodorant, vitamins, mints, chocolate, medications and many other food and personal items. Ingestion of xylitol causes a rapid release of insulin which causes hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Large enough ingestion can also cause liver damage or failure. Symptoms can occur as soon as 30 minutes…
Caffeine is toxic for dogs Caffeine is not safe for dogs to consume. It is a stimulant and is toxic to dogs. Caffeine can be found in many products such as coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, chocolate, diet pills, and other supplements. The lethal dose of caffeine is about 140 mg/kg, but symptoms can start to occur with doses of 20-30 mg/kg. To get an idea of the approximate caffeine concentrations of different items, 1 oz of espresso has about 65 mg of caffeine and an 8 oz cup…