Jack Russell Terrier Club of America - JRTCA Preserve, Protect and Work the Jack Russell Terrier

Toxicity: UnSafe Items for Jack Russell Terriers

Avoid exposing your Jack Russell Terrier to the following potential problems:

  • Chocolate - contains theobromine which can be lethal to dogs because they metabolize it slowly; toxicity depends on the type of chocolate and the dose of theobromine (i.e., baking chocolate is more toxic than milk chocolate); those suffering from chocolate poisoning will have diarrhea, vomiting, increased urination and heart rate and hyperactivity.

  • Alcohol - alcoholic drinks can be lethal, especially to small dogs.

  • Batteries - if ingested, the corrosives in them can cause ulceration to the mouth, tongue and remainder of the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Bones - Chicken and Turkey bones can splinter and stick in your dog's throat, stomach or intestines.

  • Onions - contain toxins that destroy dog's red blood cells.

  • Garbage - can cause gastrointestinal problems, including blockage and bleeding.

  • Your Medicines - ibuprofen can cause stomach ulcers or kidney failure (in large doses); don't give your dog medication unless under your veterinarian's direction.

  • Xylitol - can result in vomiting, weakness, and sometimes seizures or death.