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What you Shouldn’t Feed Your Dog

In Health Tips on April 15, 2013 at 7:58 am

photo copyOwning a dog is a great lifetime experience for any person. You quickly learn the do’s and don’ts. One don’t that is important to learn right off the back, and even keep a list of, are the foods you should not give your dog.

The reason I feel this is a helpful list to keep around is because how many times are you eating or cooking and your dog is sitting at your feet waiting to pick up whatever is dropped? Or, if you have a child, how many times has your kid thought the best thing in the world was dropping food for the dog to eat?

You may be aware of some toxic foods for dogs, but there are many that have other side effects you might not think of. Lets just start a list:

  1. Chocolate– the toxic substance is theobromine, which is in every kind of chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is. If your dog has had chocolate, he/she could experience vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, and even death.
  2. Candy and Gum– the toxic substance in candy, gum, toothpaste (human), and diet foods is xylitol. This substance causes an increase in insulin. This then causes a drop in your dog’s blood sugar, which can lead to vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination and even liver failure.
  3. Coffee and Tea– Caffeine is a toxic substance, which is in many drinks such as coffee and tea. Caffeine can cause increased heart rate, restlessness, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and bleeding.
  4. Grapes and Raisins– these can cause kidney failure. Early signs include vomiting, lethargy, and depression.
  5. Onions and Garlic– these destroy your dogs red blood cells. Early signs include weakness, vomiting, lack of interest in food, breathlessness, and eventually anemia.
  6. Avocado– the toxic substance is called persin which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  7. Macadamia Nuts– symptoms include muscle tremors, weakness, vomiting, fever, increased heart rate, and eventually fatal at a small dose.
  8. Alcohol– this should be obvious, but alcohol has the same effect on dog’s liver and brain as it does on humans. A small amount can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nervous system issues, difficulty breathing, and even produce coma.
  9. Dairy Products– these products cause unwanted diarrhea. They upset the digestive system and create food allergies including itchiness.
  10. Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums– the pits and seeds are the problem with these fruits. They can cause inflammation on the small intestines, intestinal obstructions, and even cyanide poisoning.
  11. Fat Trimmings and Bones– the fat trimmings can cause pancreatitis and the bones could cause an obstruction.
  12. Raw Eggs, Meat, and Fish- first off, raw foods could cause food poisoning such as salmonella. Raw eggs interfere with the digestion of B vitamins causing skin issues. Some fish contain parasites, which could be fatal. Common signs include vomiting, fever, and enlarged lymph nodes.
  13. Salt– too much salt can cause excessive thirst and urination, sodium poisoning, depression, fever, and even seizures.

As you can see many foods that you eat can cause problems in your dog. The only way to prevent this from happening is to feed your dog his/her standard diet. A few human foods that are ok to feed include: vegetables, fruits (other than plums, peaches, and avocados), pasta, and rice. These are the safest bet.

What have you learned over the years of owning a dog and the foods they get into?

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