You love your best friend so much you just want them to know how chocolates make you happy. I mean, who can resist those big brown eyes and cute doggy grin? Is a little reward from the fridge really bad for your dog? More often, the answer is yes. In fact, a lot of our food should never end up in your dog’s stomach. Some foods are downright dangerous, while some of these common foods may surprise you.
Keep These Foods Away; They’re Bad for Your Dog
Not all foods edible to humans are edible for dogs. Have you ever thought of turning it around and considered having some of your dog’s dog food? Certainly not. Here are a few foods that are bad for your dogs and which you should never feed them no matter how adorably they beg.
Anything with xylitol
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Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol. It can cause your dog’s blood sugar to drop and can also cause liver failure. Early symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and coordination problems. Eventually, your dog may have seizures. Liver failure can happen within just a few days.
Memes of drunkard dogs are everywhere, but alcohol is actually bad for your dog, even deadly. Alcohol can cause not only intoxication, lack of coordination, poor breathing, and abnormal acidity but potentially even coma and/or death.
The outer coating of apple seeds are toxic to a dog as they contain amygdlin, which releases cyanide when digested. This becomes an issue if a large amount was consumed and the seed were chewed up by the dog, causing it to enter its bloodstream. Always core and seed apples before you feed them to your dog.
Isn’t this the stereotype? Yes, it is, but it’s about time we turn away from this. Cooked/leftover bones can choke your best friend. They can also splinter, block, and cause cuts in your dog’s digestive system. Even the fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause pancreatitis in dogs.
The protein and fat levels in cat food are bad for your dog as they’re too high. Ingesting too much cat food can result in upset stomach, obesity, and pancreatitis.
If you want your dog to be playful, give them their toys. Caffeine only works for you. They’re bad for your dog. Watch out for coffee and tea, even the beans and the grounds. This means you should also keep cocoa, all kinds of chocolate, colas, and energy drinks out of their reach. Caffeine is also in some cold medicines and painkillers. Within one to two hours, your dog could be experiencing mild to severe hyperactivity, restlessness, vomiting, elevated heart rate and blood pressure, tremors, seizures, and death.
While small doses aren’t bad for your dog, you could get some smelly farts and some nasty cases of diarrhea. Milk and dairy products can cause digestive problems as well as trigger food allergies, which can cause them to itch.
If you don’t like raisins, your dog won’t either. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure for dogs! Even a small amount can make a dog sick. Vomiting is an early symptom, followed by depression and low energy. Never feed your pup this toxic food. Even a handful can kill them.
Human supplements and medicines
Human vitamins often contain 100% of the recommended daily amount of various minerals for humans. This amount is apparently too much for dogs and can cause an overdose of minerals for them. The most dangerous vitamin is prenatal vitamins, which have a higher dose of iron and can cause iron toxicity in pets. Dogs also shouldn’t take your medicine. Ingredients such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are common in painkillers, but they can kill your dog.
Liver contains quite a bit of vitamin A, which can adversely affect your pup’s muscles and bones. In small amounts, liver is great but avoid feeding too much liver to your dog.
Just six raw or roasted macadamia nuts are already lethal to your dog. Symptoms include muscle shakes, vomiting, increased temperature, and weak back legs. If your dog ingested chocolate with the macadamia nuts the symptoms can be worse, often leading to death.
Onions and garlic
Keep onions and garlic in whatever form away from your dog. They can kill their red blood cells and cause anemia. A rare small dose is probably fine, but too much causes poisoning. Look for signs like weakness, vomiting, and breathing problems.
Raw meat and fish
Raw meat and fish often have bacteria that causes food poisoning. Some fish can contain a parasite that causes fish disease or salmon poisoning disease. Symptoms include vomiting, fever, and enlarged lymph nodes. Cooked fish is perfectly fine since the parasite is killed during the cooking process.
It’s not a good idea to share salty foods like chips or pretzels with your dog. Eating too much salt can make your dog seriously thirsty. That means a lot of trips to the fire hydrant and it could lead to sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms of too much salt include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, high temperature, and seizures. It may even cause death.
Sugary food isn’t good for us; neither it is for dogs. In fact, it can lead to similar problems for dogs as it does for humans. Obesity, dental health issues, and diabetes can all result from overeating foods that have high sugar content. Don’t feed your dog sugar, and we should all probably consider cutting back on the sugar we eat too.
Before it’s baked, bread dough needs to rise. And that’s exactly what happens in your dog’s stomach. As it swells inside, the dough can stretch your dog’s abdomen and cause a lot of pain. Also, liquor comes from fermentation, remember? When the yeast ferments the dough to make it rise, it produces alcohol, which can lead to alcohol poisoning.
So What Should I Feed My Dog?
It’s better to be safe than sorry, so avoid feeding your dog any human food unless recommended by your vet. Dogs that are not given human food or table scraps are generally better behaved than dogs who do receive people food. These dogs do not beg because they know they won’t receive any scraps. They also tend to drool less and bother visitors to your home less because they understand that human food is for humans and not for them. For information about dog diets, you may want to check this out.
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