There are some foods that you should never give to your dog. Some could affect your dog’s health in the long run, while others could cause immediate poisoning. Below are just some of the main foods that you should avoid giving to your dog.
Chocolate contains an ingredient called theobromine, which can be toxic to dogs. Not all dogs react badly to chocolate, but most will get an upset stomach if they eat even small amounts. Larger amounts of chocolate (especially dark chocolate) could cause more serious symptoms such as vomiting, rapid breathing and even seizures and will generally warrant an emergency trip to the vet. All in all, it’s best to keep chocolate away from dogs.
Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs (the exact ingredient within grapes that causes this is unknown). Even a single grape can be deadly, so you should take great caution when handling grapes. If you suspect your dog has eaten a grape, you should take them to the vet immediately.
Onions, garlic and chives all contain thiosulfate, which can cause anemia in dogs. Small scraps are generally not enough to seriously harm a dog although may cause an upset stomach. If, however, your dog attempts to eat a whole onion it could be fatal. Take care when handling these foods.
Giving your dog bones to chew on is generally not a good idea unless they’re specifically sold for dogs to chew on. Chicken bones should particularly be avoided as they can easily crack and splinter – which could cause damage to your dog’s insides. Raw beef and lamb bones are safer, but there are still risks.
A lot of dogs have a hard time digesting dairy products. This could include foods like milk, cheese and ice cream. Some dogs will get the runs while others may experience stomach pain or vomiting. Dairy foods are generally not as dangerous as the foods listed above, but should still not be fed to your dog if you don’t want your pooch to get an upset stomach.
Low quality dog food
Not all dog food is healthy for dogs. Low quality dog food brands are known to contain unhealthy ingredients, which can make some dogs gassy or give them diarrhoea. In the long run, such dog foods brands could lead to all kinds of problems such as obesity and heart disease. Choosing good quality dog food brands will prevent such problems by giving your dog the nutrition it needs. Some dogs may require specialist brands for sensitive guts – you can click here to see such brands. Certain breeds may also benefit from specific brands.
Human junk food
Junk food affects pets just like humans. While there may not be many short-term issues to feeding a dog burgers or fries, your dog could develop obesity and related health problems like diabetes and heart disease in the long run. Be careful of feeding dogs scraps of unhealthy junk foods.
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