Top Ten Human Foods That Are Bad For Dogs
As all pet parents know, dogs associate anything that comes out of the kitchen as a yummy snack, especially if they see you eating it.
It is almost impossible not to share your snack with your pooch when they hit you with that ‘I have barely eaten all day’ look.
While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it can reinforce persistent begging behaviour in your dog, and in some cases, it can even be bad for their health.
As much as we love spoiling our pooches, some human foods can be extremely dangerous and should be avoided. In these cases, sharing is definitely not caring.
To help you keep your pet safe and healthy, we have put together a list of foods you should never feed your dog.
1) Chocolate and Caffeine
Chocolate is notoriously bad for our furry friends.
Not only does chocolate contain a harmful chemical called Theobromine, it some cases it can contain caffeine. Both caffeine and chocolate can make your dog extremely ill and should be avoided.
Be sure to watch out for those cups of coffee left unattended on the table!
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener often found in toothpaste or sugar-free treats.
Xylitol is unsafe for dogs and can lead to a rapid decrease in your dog’s blood sugar level.
If your dog has ingested xylitol, some early warning signs are vomiting, loss of coordination followed by seizures, and liver damage.
These symptoms can appear within minutes of consumption or a few hours later. So, if you suspect that your pup has consumed xylitol it would be best to get them to vet right away.
Pro-tip: be extra careful when giving your dog peanut butter as a treat. Many brands have replaced normal sugar in peanut butter for xylitol.
3) Garlic and Onions
Common ingredients in most recipes, onions, garlic, and anything in the onion family, is very poisonous to your pet.
In fact, garlic can be up to five times more potent than onions.
There are chemicals in these foods that can cause anaemia, damage to red blood cells, and gastroenteritis in your dog.
Signs of this type of poisoning can take a few days to present but typically appear as weakness or lethargy, or orange to red urine.
Avocados are one of the most popular fruits around at the moment. Who doesn’t love their smashed avo toast?
Sadly, our favourite berry contains a fungicidal chemical called persin, which is very poisonous to animals. While dogs are slightly more resilient to the effects of persin, it but can still be harmful to them.
While the whole avocado and the plant it grows on contain persin, it is mainly found in the pit and skin. So, be sure to avoid sharing these parts of the avo with your pup.
The flesh of the avocado only contains small traces of persin, but this can still be dangerous for your dog.
Alcohol has much the same effect on your dog as it has on humans. It is just far more potent, making it tremendously harmful to your dog.
Just a small amount of alcohol can lead to vomiting, loss of coordination, and breathing problems. In extreme cases, excess amounts can put your dog into a coma.
It’s always best to get your dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible if you think they have consumed any type of alcohol.
5) Macadamia nuts
Macadamia nuts are highly poisonous for all types of dogs. As few as five or six of these can lead to your dog getting extremely sick.
Ingesting macadamia nuts can lead to muscle shakes, vomiting, and possible weakness in your dog’s rear legs.
Be sure to avoid foods that may contain macadamia nuts too like chocolate. The combination of these types of harmful foods can be potentially fatal for your pooch.
6) Fat trimmings
This one may be a surprise, but the fat of your T-bone steak can be bad for your dog. As mouth-watering as it is for them, it can lead to pancreatitis.
7) Peach and plum pits
The pits or seeds in some of the fruits, such as peaches and plums, can be harmful to your dog.
While your dog may seem to enjoy munching on these, they can be harmful to your dog’s digestive tract.
Additionally, the pits can contain cyanide, which can be toxic for your dog.
8) Raw eggs
Vets recommend leaving raw eggs out of your dog’s diet.
Raw eggs can be a source of bacteria like E. Coli or Salmonella, which can lead to your dog becoming ill.
While some pet parents may opt to feed their dogs a raw diet, it would be best to consult your veterinarian before including raw foods like eggs into your dog’s meals.
That being said, cooked eggs make excellent snacks for your dog. They are filled with nutrients and are high in protein.
So, if you would like to add eggs to your dog’s diet, it is best to cook them first and leave them unseasoned.
9) Corn on the cob
Corn does not digest well in a dog’s stomach. Large chunks of corn can lead to blockages in your dog’s intestines.
If your dog has recently eaten corn, be sure to look out for signs vomiting, reduced appetite, abdominal pain, and constipation.
10) Grapes and raisins
Grapes and raisins can be potentially toxic for your dog. In some cases, as little as a handful of grapes or raisins can lead to acute kidney-failure.
The exact reason grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs is still unknown. However, these small fruits can lead to urinary problems, kidney issues, and in some cases kidney failure.
We know just how difficult it can be to say no to your dog, especially when treats make them so happy. However, in the case of these foods, saying no can help keep your dog healthy and potentially save their lives.
Always remember, when in doubt a quick call to your vet is always a good idea!
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