Some Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat As They Are Not Safe

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Some Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat As They Are Not Safe

Do you have a dog and probably like half of the world’s owners, you give them home food. OK, so what’s the harm and to be honest, they love it. Personally, my dog used to  take cookies right out of my hand, and whenever dad would bring ice-cream he’d bring one for her also. Oh! Soft drink too. 

But, is it really OK for them to eat whatever we eat, if so why is there so much dog food in the market? Well, you’ll be amazed to know the food we eat can actually cause diarrhea, vomiting, stomach upset, kidney problems, weak breathing, and also cause seizure or even death. 

Scary truth of why some foods your dog should never eat 

The reason is simple – their metabolism is different from us humans’ metabolism. Metabolism is a process that helps in breaking down the food and turns the food into energy. Unfortunately, a dog’s body is not capable of processing all types of food thus, can be lethal if the food intake is not processed correctly. 

Below is a list of some foods your dog should never eat. To make it easy, we’ve broken it into sections and also explained the reason why they can be harmful. 

Some fruits your dog should never eat:

Some fruits to avoid:

  • Avocado: Avocados contain persin, which is a major cause for vomiting, diarrhea and even heart muscle damage in dogs. The pit is the most hazardous part as it a lot of persin, and can cause choking. If you give a small avocado piece without pit under your observation, it’s OK. But, if your dog has ingested a lot of avocado or pit, take your dog to the vet immediately. 
  • Grapes & Raisins: As tiny and as sweet these two fruits might be, they can cause kidney failure for your dog. Even a small portion can be lethal. If after eating your dog vomits or shows low energy or looks depressed, don’t waste time and take to the vet immediately. Dogs have been known to die after eating only a handful of grapes, so do not feed this toxic fruit to your dog. 
  • Persimmon, Peaches & Plum Pits: Seeds and pits from fruits like permissions, peaches and plums are known to cause intestinal issues in dogs and the pits of plums and peaches also contains cyanide, which is lethal for not only digs but humans as well. 
  • Rhubarb & Tomato Leaves: Leaves of Tomato and Rhubarb contain oxalates. Oxalates can cause excess drooling, and vomiting, lethargy, tremors weakness, and urine in blood. 

Some vegetables to avoid:

  • Corn On The Cob: If your dog eats a fairly small amount of corn, it’s totally safe, but an ear of corn can be dangerous. And, like most dogs they’ll eat the cob as well. That can be hazardous as they can choke on it and their intestines can be blocked also. 
  • Garlic: In small amounts again eating garlic is considered OK, but a large amount is fatal. Garlic is a close relative to the onion and likewise kills the red blood cells and causes anemia in dogs. Signs of anemia in dogs include vomiting, trouble in breathing and weakness.

Proteins your dog should never eat 

  • Almonds: Apart from being a choking hazard, almonds can cause loss of appetite, gas, diarrhea, lethargy, upset the stomach and vomit as well. Almonds being high in salt and fat, can cause them to gain weight.
  • Cooked Bones: Cooked bones tend to splinter while chewing and can be dangerous for your dog. However, uncooked bones are good for their teeth and provide nutrition as well. 
  • Fat Trimmings: Avoid both cooked and uncooked as they cause pancreatitis.
  • Raw meat and fish: Yes, your dog is an animal and by nature they eat raw meat, but not because they love it. Wild dogs don’t have an option, but raw meat and fish is not healthy for your pet dog. Raw meat carries risk of having food-borne diseases in it that can be harmful for your dog. 

Pantry Items not to feed

  • Chocolate: I love chocolate and so does my dog, that’s what most of us say. But, feeding chocolate or ice cream to your dog is not good. Why, cause chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which speeds the heart rate. 

Is eating salt and sugar safe for your dog? 

Salt falls in the unhealthy food list for humans, so how can it be any less for dogs. Eating too much salt leads to sodium ion poisoning which, results in vomiting, depression, increase in temperature, diarrhea, tremors, seizure and also can cause death. 

 

As for sugar, you must have read labels of human food having corn syrup added in the ingredients. Corn syrup is a less expensive form of sugar or glucose used by food manufacturing companies. Consuming too much corn syrup can cause your lovely pup to develop dental issues. Your dog can be obese, and even get diabetes. 

Is it safe to give human vitamins to my dog? 

It’s not recommended to give human vitamins to your dog. Human supplements and vitamins contain 100% of the recommended daily dose of various vitamins your dog needs, in simple words – it’s an overdose. 

And, prenatal vitamins are the most dangerous type of vitamins that you should never give to your dog. These vitamins can cause iron toxicity in your dog. If your dog ingests many prenatal vitamins for any reason, take your dog to the vet immediately. 

Why should you not give coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages?

Caffeine is lethal for your dog. Within one to two hours of consuming caffeine, your dog can experience mild to severe hyperactivity, can vomit, have seizures, an elevated heart rate or increase in blood pressure. If your dog shows any uncomfortable signs, take to the vet immediately. 

Can you give milk or dairy products to your dog? 

Small dose of milk or dairy products is safe on a daily basis, though you could experience some smelly farts or nasty diarrhea cases. The reason for this is, once the pups are weaned off of their mothers milk, they become lactose intolerant. The reason for such products being the cause of digestive issues and triggers food allergies as well. 

So, what should you do?

Keeping a dog is no rocket science. It’s just like having a baby. Some things you learn naturally and some things you do by asking your doctor. The same goes here, consult with a vet on what diet will suit your dog. Give your dog timely meals, exercise and proper grooming. You’ll have a healthy companion.