Foods To Avoid For Dogs
by Luvin digital on Oct 09, 2023
You might have figured out what to feed your dog, but there is a long dog food list that is to be avoided or else you will have to visit your vet sooner than expected.
You might have heard about many of these already but some of the items listed below are surely going to take you by surprise.
Some food dogs can eat but with certain limitations. There are going to be many occasions when your little furry friend is going to look up to you with their eyes asking you for a bite of whatever you are having and you might think what harm can such a small bite do read on to know what will happen if you let your guard down.
What’s not safe
Yes the first thing on the list is something everyone loves but is very very harmful to your dog.
Chocolate contains something called theobromine which causes seizures, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, frequent urination, and dangerously high heart rate.
The darker the chocolate gets the more harmful it is for your dog.
Avoid chocolates at any cost!
Grapes and Raisins
You might have thought about tossing a grape to your pooch as a treat, there are many fruits dogs can eat but grapes are not one of them as even one grape can cause kidney failure in dogs.
Plain unsalted cashew nuts and almonds are dried fruits dogs can eat but not raisins as they also cause kidney damage to dogs.
There is no defined safe dosage some dogs might show no symptoms after ingesting small amounts while some dogs can not even bear a single piece
Onion and Garlic
Onion and garlic can be found in almost all households and used in the preparation of many delicacies in your house.
Onions and garlic contain a compound named N-propyl disulfide. Ingesting N-propyl disulfide can lead to life-threatening anemia hence feeding dogs from the table is a strict no. Carrots, Sweet potato, and beans are vegetables dogs can eat.
Tea, coffee, green tea bags, and soft drinks are some very common items that may be just lying around in your house and your dog being the explorer they are is surely going to try to taste some of it.
Tea, coffee, green tea bags, and soft drinks all things have one thing in common Caffeine similar to the effects of chocolate poisoning hyperexcitability, diarrhea, vomiting, and raised heart rate.
Always make sure these things are out of your dog's reach.
Alcohol is a very obvious member of the list, Dogs metabolism is much faster compared to a human making them susceptible to alcohol poisoning a lot easier than humans it takes a very small amount of alcohol to damage the liver and kidneys.
Alcohol leads to a drop in blood sugar levels which can cause seizures.
Keep your dog away from alcoholic beverages and household items like sanitizer and vanilla extract that use alcohol in their formulation.
Bread dough contains yeast which causes fermentation in dogs' stomachs leading to alcohol poisoning.
Artificial sweeteners Artificial sweeteners that we use in our day-to-day life like toothpaste, mouthwash, chew gums, etc. use xylitol a type of artificial sweetener.
When dogs ingest xylitol their body releases a large amount of insulin This rapid insulin surge decreases the blood sugar levels of dogs, symptoms like weakness and disorientation may arise and it has fatal effects on the liver.
Seeds of Fruits and Vegetables
You might have heard “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” but it's quite the opposite for dogs. You can give your dog an apple to eat, but the seed is harmful to them.
Apple seed contains cyanide, which is a poison cyanide that impairs the body’s ability to utilize oxygen. Cheery seeds also contain cyanide.
Sometimes it is not the chemicals that are present inside the seed that are the problem because seeds of fruits like avocado are so big in size that they obstruct the gastrointestinal tract of your little pooch this might even require surgical intervention.
Macadamia nuts are very commonly used in baked goods so before leaving any bread or cookies unattended check for the ingredients in it if they contain macadamia nuts keep it as far as possible from your little boy because macadamia nuts are known to be notoriously harmful to your dog. If ingested dogs suffer from back leg paralysis and are unable to walk.
Bones are choking hazards avoid throwing your dog a bone it can get stuck in your dog's digestive tract making it a very unpleasant experience for both your dog and you.
Humans prefer fat-rich cuts of meat parts like chicken thigh, pork belly, and mutton and sometimes they offer their dogs the same but they fail to understand that their fat requirements are already met by the dog food they eat and excessive fat intake can lead to digestive upset, including diarrhea or pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). It's crucial to provide an appropriate balance of fat in your dog's diet.
Salty food and anything with salt must be avoided your dogs get the required amount of salt from their dog food.
Excessive salt will disturb the electrolyte balance of your dog's body and may even cause sodium toxicity.
Avoid feeding your dog table scraps.
This is the list of foods to avoid for dogs but there are many human foods dogs can eat like carrots, fruits without seeds, white rice, watermelon, etc. In fact there are some best raw foods for dogs with allergies like lean meat, sweet potato, green beans.