22 Oct 2018 Guest Post—10 Food Items That Your Dog Should Never Eat
Dogs tend to eat what they think is edible. This slight naughtiness of your pup may seem very cute, but it actually could end very badly for him.
You may think what’s the worst that could happen to him from healthy human food, but the thing is that they may lack some essential enzymes necessary to process the food that is normal for us.
Your pup simply doesn’t know what will be good for him and what will be bad. You don’t either, but you probably wouldn’t want to find that out. So here are 10 food products that you should keep away from the reach of your dog to avoid serious problems.
You yourself would probably never give alcohol to your pup, but he may try to taste it if he sees a mug of beer left on the table. You must prevent him from doing so: alcohol impacts dogs in the same way as humans, but the effects are much more severe.
Alcohol can cause diarrhea, vomiting, breathing issues, and even death in dogs. The smaller the dog, the worse it will be. Their livers are much smaller than ours, which most likely is the reason why they tolerate alcohol much worse.
Xylitol is a sweetener frequently used in gum, bakery products, toothpaste, candies, and whatnot. Xylitol could at the very least cause a drop in your pup’s blood sugar level. In a worse case, it could even cause liver failure.
The lighter symptoms of xylitol poisoning include lethargy, vomiting, loss of coordination. In severe intoxication cases, your dog may have seizures as well.
Avocado is a healthy fruit, so what’s the bad that it could do to your pup? Well, avocado contains a toxin called persin. Persin isn’t toxic to humans who aren’t allergic to it, but it may cause reactions like vomiting or diarrhea in dogs. Besides, avocado may get stuck in the intestines of the dog, which if not treated could be fatal.
Persin is contained in the fruit, the leaves, seed, and the bark of avocado. If you happen to grow avocado at home, make sure to keep your dog away from it.
Onions and garlic
Keep any kinds of onions and garlic away from your dog. Whether they are raw, powdered, or dehydrated, just don’t allow your dog to try them out. Keep in mind that some food products may contain onion or garlic powder in them, so be careful with what you leave in the reach of your dog as well.
Onion and garlic could cause anemia, which is the decrease of the red blood cell number. The symptoms of onion or garlic poisoning would be weakness, breathing issues, or vomiting.
Caffeine-containing drinks and foods
We are consuming plenty of foods and drinks containing caffeine. We can tolerate caffeine relatively well in moderate amounts, but dogs can’t. Products like tea, coffee, cappuccino, energy drinks, chocolate, cocoa, etc. must be kept away from your dog. Since dogs don’t tolerate caffeine at all, so you should take your pup to a vet immediately if you suspect that he has had some.
Your pup may want to give a try to the ice cream but you are eating, but allowing him to eat it isn’t a good idea. This is true not only for ice cream but also for basically any dairy product like milk, cheese, and many others.
Dairy products won’t cause as much harm as, for example, caffeine would. They could cause diarrhea or trigger allergies, but this doesn’t mean that you should allow him to eat or drink dairy products.
Caffeine isn’t the only compound in chocolate that is dangerous for dogs. Chocolate also contains theobromine which isn’t tolerated well by dogs. Theobromine could cause vomiting, diarrhea, heart problems, seizures, and death in dogs.
Any kind of chocolate contains theobromine, but dark and unsweetened baking chocolates have the most. Still, any kind of chocolate is harmful to dogs, so keep it out of their reach.
Bones and fat trimmings
It may seem pretty natural to feed your dog with bones and fat. However, fat can cause pancreatitis in your pup. In fact, fatty products like bacon could also lead to pancreatitis.
As for bones, they could cause cuts in the digestive system of the dog or just block it. It’s better to give your dog regular dog food than bones.
Raw products like meat, fish, or eggs can and probably will have bacteria that could cause food poisoning. In the case of meat and fish, your pup – just like humans – could catch a parasite. Eggs also contain bacteria like salmonella or E. coli that could cause food poisoning in your dog. Feed your pup with fully cooked products to prevent such health issues.
Just like in humans, too much salt could result in overdosing and even kidney failure in dogs. In the least severe cases, your dog will just drink water to hydrate himself enough so his kidneys could deal with the salt.
Symptoms of salt poisoning in dogs include vomiting, diarrhea, high temperatures, and seizures. Fatal kidney failure is also a risk, so keep your dog away from salty foods.
There are many, many more food items that could harm your dog. Aside from that, your pup may have some unique health conditions that would make him sensitive to food that is completely safe for other dogs.
To keep your dog safe, make sure to keep your food in an inaccessible location. And during meals, you will need to keep an eye on your pup so he doesn’t try to take something that is very harmful to his health.
And in the end, if your dog somehow manages to consume a bad food product, then your best bet would be to take him to a vet immediately. If you don’t know for a fact that your dog has eaten some candy or chocolate but suspect that it might be the case, again, take him to the vet as soon as possible.
Guest Author, Morgan Antoinette