Greetings devoted pet-parents 🙂
Now, whether you’re a first time parent or a seasoned dog owner, you want to make sure you don’t inadvertently end up killing your pet when your only intention was to share your scrumptious dinner with that innocent, hungry, pleading face. Jokes aside, it’s important to know exactly why your dog can’t eat certain foods that you think might be absolutely harmless, as dogs’ stomachs are – contrary to popular belief- much weaker than us humans’.
Without further ado here it is; 7 foods you should keep far far away from your pooch.
1) Grapes & Raisins
Yeap you should be familiar with this one. But do you know why though? Apparently, scientists are stumped too, as to the exact ingredients that cause lethargy, vomiting, dehydration and depression in dogs. In the worst cases, kidney failures have also been reported. One thing’s for sure, steer clear of these silent killers.
This includes tea, coffee, colas, drinks like Red Bull and of course, chocolate (which is much more complex actually and will be discussed further later). In large enough quantities, the effects could be dire, for example, causing palpitations, fits, bleeding, breathlessness, and eventual death. No known antidote exists.
This one should be another no-brainer; even non-owners should be familiar. But do you know why? Research has shown that aside from the caffeine, the most toxic substance found in cocoa is theobromine. This chemical (which is found in dark, milk and white chocolate alike, and a general rule of thumb is that the darker the chocolate, the more deadly) causes a plethora of health problems for dogs, including vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, muscle tremors and even seizures.
Avocados- healthy for humans, should be alright for my dog too right? Wrong. They contain a substance known as persin which in large amounts may be absolute poison for your pup. In addition, you should also keep your pups away from any avocado plants you might have growing around, as the persin can also be found in the leaves, seed and bark of the avocado plant.
5) Dairy Products
Dogs have something akin to lactose intolerance (as do cats, as a matter of fact), so any item that contains milk or dairy (this includes cheese, yoghurt and most desserts) are a no-no. That is, they lack the necessary enzymes to break down the milk proteins. If you do want to make sure your dog’s calcium needs are met, might we recommend milk products that are specially crafted for dogs. An example would be COSI PET’S MILK, which is concocted specially for cats and dogs and can be found in your local pet store.
6) Onions & Garlic
This one might surprise you, especially since you might not consciously think of feeding your dog these vegetables. With garlic being the stronger of the two, these deadly foods can destroy your dog’s red blood cells and cause anemia if ingested in large quantities. Most basic symptoms include weakness, vomiting, loss of appetite and breathlessness. In the worst case scenario, your dog might require a blood transfusion. So, be careful with the home cooked meals.
7) Macadamia Nuts
Our lucky number 7 is another rather peculiar food, probably because we never expect what kind of effects a tiny harmless nut has on our poor pooch. Once again, the specific harmful chemical has not been identified, so the only information we have are the aftereffects: weakness, inability to walk especially in the hind legs, vomiting, staggering gait, tremors, and in severe cases, hypothermia.
So there you have it, things you should never feed your dog. It is your duty as a dog owner to take care of your dog’s diet, and now since you know a little bit more of what they can and can’t eat, prevention is better than cure, don’t you agree?
(Feature Image: Moimir)