Even though we humans consider our dogs as a family member, we are not the same. Especially when it comes to food, we must be very careful of what we feed them. What is safe in general for us may turn out to be detrimental for your buddy.
There definitely are numerous food items, fruits and veggies that are absolutely safe for your dog. Whereas there are other foods that may only cause mild indigestion. So we have picked this topic to inform the dog lovers about what common foods are toxic for your companion. We only want what’s best for your dog.
Always make sure the food items you are about to feed your dog is safe. Be extremely cautious while sharing your food. You can always prevent sickness if you know what’s toxic and harmful for your dog.
“DO NOT FEED” List
You should never give your dog any alcohol. Alcohol causes dogs vomiting, tremors, difficulty in breathing, diarrhea, problems with coordination, coma and even death. Make sure that you don’t give even just a small amount of alcohol under any circumstances. If you suspect that your dog has consumed alcohol, contact your vet or rush him/her to the nearest veterinary clinic. Or you can contact ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately.
Avocados are actually more of a problem for rabbits, donkeys, birds, horses, sheep, etc. Even though the flesh of the fruit doesn’t have much toxin, it can still be plenty for your dog’s system. The main concern of this fruit is it’s skin, leaves and pit that contains Persin. Persin is poisonous to your dogs, it causes them vomiting and diarrhea. The large seeds of this fruit is another worry for it can upset your dog’s stomach. The seed can remain lodged in his/her esophagus or intestinal tract.
Feeding bones to your dog may seem reasonable and a good idea at first. But bones from fish and poultry tend to be very brittle, especially after being cooked. If the bone splinters or breaks when chewed, there is a high possibility that it gets stuck in or even punctures your pets digestive tract. Similarly, raw bones are also dangerous for domesticated dogs. There is a possibility that your dog can choke on them or even damage their teeth.
Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine
All these products contain methylxanthines, a substance that is detrimental for your dog’s health. If consumed by dogs, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea, hyperactivity, pantint, tremors, excessive thirst and urination, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures and even death. Remember that dark chocolate is way more lethal than milk chocolate. White chocolates contain the lowest level whereas baking chocolate has the highest methylxanthines.
Grapes and Raisins
Even though the toxicity of grapes and raisins is unknown, you are advised not to feed even a few grapes or raisins. These are highly toxic causing your dog to suffer from kidney failure if consumed. Especially if the dog already has health problems, he/she is at great risk if ingested. The experts still believe there is no “safe” dose of grapes and raisins.
Nuts can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even pancreatitis in dogs. Especially nuts like almonds, pecans and walnuts have high amounts of oil and fats. However, Macadamias nuts are the most lethal ones. It can cause your dog weakness, depression, tremors, vomiting and hyperthermia with just 12 hours of ingestion.
Onions, Garlic and Chives
Eating these veggies and herbs whether cooked or uncooked, can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could eventually lead to red blood cell damage and anaemia. Although cats are more exposed to the dangers after consumption, dogs are also vulnerable to these foods. Dogs often show signs of toxicity and poisoning only after a few days of consumption.
Salt and Salty Snack Foods
Consuming large amounts of salt can cause your dog to suffer from sodium ion poisoning or excessive thirst and urination. Avoid giving your dog salt-heavy snacks like salted popcorn, pretzels and chips as it can cause them vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, depression, seizures and even death.
We must remember that even dogs have a growing obesity problem. They are just like us humans. Excessive sugar consumption can lead to dental issues and diabetes.
It is an artificial sweetener used in many food products including gums, baked goods, sugar-free gums, diabetic cakes, candy and some diet foods. Dogs are extremely sensitive to Xylitol. It causes insulin release that could lead to fatal hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels), brain damage, liver failure and seizures.
Yeast Dough is very dangerous for dogs. If fed, your dog could go through a painful experience. It causes the stomach to bloat and a possibility of twisting. This is a life threatening situation for your dog.
So next time your dog gives you that ‘Aww Look’ while you are eating something, don’t get hypnotized by their adorable look. Look at your snack ingredients label first and verify whether it is safe or not before feeding it.
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