(N.Morgan) One of the most important things with pet care is knowing what you can or can’t feed your dog.
As long as you keep your dog on a good, solid doggie diet, all should be well, right? There are so many pet foods on the market, finding one your dog will enjoy,one which will be good for nutritious for your pet will be simple.
It is keeping them on only a doggie diet of food which will be tough. Who doesn’t want to share a ‘people’ treat with their furry friend? They give you THE look as you munch on your favorite treat, nudging you for attention. Hard to say no, right?
There are so many foods which are perfectly harmless when you eat them, but these same foods can actually be really bad for your dog, some even fatal. As a loving pet owner, there could be nothing worse than making your dog suffer because you shared a treat with them which turnes out to be a doggie diet mistake.
From the good people at Foodbeast, who care about you and your canine companions, here are some of the safe for a human foods which your dog should most definitely avoid.
Probably the most well known toxic food for dogs is chocolate.
Chocolate is bad for our beloved dogs because it contains caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can all cause vomiting and diarrhea in your pet, and be toxic to their heart and nervous systems.
Next on the list of no-no foods for your pet are milk and dairy products.Giving them a nibble of your favorite cheese may not agree with your furry fiend.
For adult dogs and cats, they may develop diarrhea if given large amounts of dairy products.
Some dogs are lactose intolerant just like humans, and giving them dairy products even in small amounts can cause a number of intestinal issues and discomfort. These health issues can include gas, vomiting, diarrhea along with other gastrointestinal problems.
While these reactions to dairy products is not immediately life-threatening, these reactions of your pet to dairy products can contribute to serious bacterial exposure in dogs which could eventually lead to disease.
Cheese, like milk, is a dairy product that also contains sugars and fatty components which dogs do not have the necessary enzymes to break down.
Cheese, just like with any other dairy product can cause problems if consumed in large amounts. That fact is true for humans as well as animals.
Symptoms like gas, diarrhea and vomiting can all occur if a dog eats too much cheese.
Onions can be very dangerous to a dog’s overall health and well being.
Onions contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage your pet’s red blood cells and cause them to develop anemia.
Although macadamia nut toxicosis is unlikely to be fatal in dogs, it can cause very uncomfortable symptoms that may persist for up to 48 hours. Symptoms will usually begin within 3 to 12 hours of your pet ingesting the nuts.
As with chocolate, the stronger the onion, the more toxic it can be to your pet.Since garlic is a member of the onion family, it is even more dangerous than onions to your pet, based on volume ingested.
Garlic contains compounds that are strong in toxicity.
After ingestion, the effect of garlic consumption on your dog’s red blood cells will not be noticable for a few days in dogs. Acting fine at first, they will display a tiredness, and be reluctant to move.
The dog’s urine will darken, taking on an orange to dark red tone in color.
As with your dog ingesting onions, a visit to the vet for a blood transfusion might be required in severe cases.
Grapes, just like Macadamia Nuts, can be extremely toxic to dogs.
Grapes and raisins have recently been associated with the development of kidney failure in dogs.
As signs of toxicity progress, dogs become increasingly lethargic and will become dehydrated, refuse to eat and may show a transient increase in urination which will be followed by decreased or absent urination in later stages.
Humans always avoid eating the apple core, but for our pets, the core of an apple is even more toxic to dogs.Along with a few other fruits, you should definitely be careful not to leave apple cores around for dogs to get their paws on.
An apple core (as well as the cores of plums, peaches, pears and apricots) contain cyanogenic glycosides, which is also known as cyanide.
Raw yeast used in making bread can ferment in a dog’s stomach, becoming toxic.
Aside from the toxicity from alcohol being produced in the stomach, yeast dough can also expand in your dog’s stomach or intestines and create a large amount of gas in the digestive system.
This can lead to severe pain and a potentially ruptured stomach or intestinal tract. Vomiting, abdominal discomfort and lethargy can also occur.
Just in case, although it is very doubtful anyone would actually share their coffee with their dogs, here’s why you want to pass on giving your furry friend a sip of this caffinated concoction.
A stimulant known as Methylated xanthine is found in coffee.
The Methylated xanthine stimulates the nervous system of dogs, causing vomiting, restlessness, heart palpitations and even death.
Who doesn’t love bacon?
It’s absolutely tragic that we can’t share one of the greatest foods out there with our canine buddies.
We’ll need to remember this the next time we want to feed our dogs some breakfast bacon under the table.
Well, more bacon for us then.
Foods rich in fat, like bacon, can lead to the disease pancreatitis in dogs.
Once a dog has developed pancreatitis, their pancreas will become inflamed and can stop functioning correctly.
Consuming bacon leads to all sorts of problems with digestion and nutrient absorption.
Please note that the amount of damage any of these foods can cause in your pet will vary based on the specific breed and size of your dog.
Like humans, all dogs are different and can react differently to the foods they ingest.
In the long run, it is better to keep your pet away from these foods than to take the risk, just for good measure.