Dogs seem like pretty hardy animals for the most part, perfectly capable of eating all sorts of foods. However, man’s best friend has rather strict dietary restrictions. You should avoid feeding your dog the following foods.
Certain Fruits and Vegetables.
Your dog should stay away from avocados, grapes, raisins, persimmons, peaches, and plums. Avocados contain persin, which in large amounts can be toxic to dogs and other domestic animals. Grapes and raisins have been linked to kidney failure in dogs. With persimmons, peaches, and plums; the seeds and pits can cause problems for your four-legged friend. On the other hand, or paw if you prefer, sliced apples, oranges, bananas, and watermelon make a great treat, so long as the seeds and stems have been removed.
Coffee, Tea, or Any Caffeinated Drinks; Alcohol; Milk and Other Dairy Products
Caffeine is very dangerous for dogs, and can in fact be fatal. You’ll find caffeine in many foods. Alcohol affects dogs similar to the way it affects people, only it takes much less alcohol to harm a dog. Dairy products can cause diarrhea and other digestive disorders.
Sugary Foods and Beverages
While sugary foods tend to be bad for people, they make an even worse option for dogs. Similar to humans, dogs that eat sugary foods can develop obesity, tooth decay, and diabetes. Sugary foods can also cause hyperactivity.
Too much salt can lead to sodium poisoning, and people food has plenty of it. It doesn’t take much salt to make a dog sick.
Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic in any form can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, which can lead to Anemia. And be careful of wild onions (also known as scallions, spring onions, or salad onions) which grow nearly everywhere in North America.
Candy, Gum, Macadamia Nuts
Dogs should not eat chocolate due to the presence of theobroimine, a substance related to caffeine. The darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains. You should also avoid other treats—even those without sugar. Sugarless foods contain artificial sweeteners that can interfere with insulin production in your pet.
Meat and Bones
Raw meat, fish, and eggs pose the same danger to dogs as they do to humans. Bacteria in uncooked foods can cause food poisoning, or may contain salmonella or e coli bacteria. Raw foods can occasionally contain parasites that cooking destroys. Still, your dog should avoid certain kinds of meat, cooked or not. Lean cuts of meat that have been thoroughly cooked work fine as long as all fat and skin have been removed. Similarly, dogs can eat pasta or plain white rice providing it has been cooked. A bit of plain white rice and some boiled chicken can provide relief for your dog’s upset tummy. Don’t give your dog a bone though, as bones can splinter and break apart.
One of the leading causes of dog poisoning is the ingestion of human medicines. This includes non-prescription drugs, many of which are highly toxic for dogs.
Signs Your Dog Has Eaten Something She Shouldn’t Have, and What to Do
Obvious signs of illness, like vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures, provide clear warnings that your dog may be in trouble. Other signs include lethargy, loss of coordination, and loss of appetite. Keep your vet’s number handy, as well as the number for the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center – 888-426-4435. If you think your dog has eaten something dangerous, get help immediately.
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