A lot of us love to spoil our adorable dogs which sometimes means that they may get a little lucky and get to come across some human food. We all want to enjoy our pet’s life for as long as possible, so it is important that we take care of them and give them the ability to live to their fullest. One great step to take in this is just making sure that they have a very healthy dog friendly diet. All though you do not want to be giving your dog human food all the time, there are a few things that your dog should never eat.
- Chocolate – At the top of the list of stuff that your dog cannot eat is chocolate. There is something in chocolate called Theobromine, which is not toxic for humans, but it is for dogs. This is especially prevalent in dark chocolates or baking chocolates and will cause your dog to get quite sick. If your dog has eaten a lot of chocolate and is acting funny, it may be time to see a vet.
- Cooked Bones – Next on the list is cooked bones, it is extremely dangerous to feed your pet cooked bones. Unfortunately, the bones crack when they are cooked and will splinter in your dog’s mouth which can cause a whole mess of health issues. This can easily be avoided by making sure that your dog never eats cooked bones.
- Onions and Garlic – Onions and garlic are also surprisingly on the list for foods your dog can’t eat. Onions and garlic affect the red blood cells in dogs which can cause anemia in dogs. It only really becomes an issue when they a lot of them are eaten raw, however it is still something all dog owners should try to avoid.
- Dairy Products – Dogs may drink their mother’s milk when they are tiny little puppies but once your pet starts to grow up it becomes time to cut the dairy products out of their diet. Many dogs are lactose intolerant which will lead to a few different stomach problems if they start getting too much dairy in their diet, and no one likes that.
- Yeast – Items containing yeasty that has not risen yet also pose a pretty big threat to our furry friends. The yeast will continue to rise in their stomachs which can cause their stomach to twist. Yeast fermentation also can produce some amounts of alcohol which could cause your dog to have alcohol poisoning without even drinking any alcohol.
- Avocados – Avocados are dangerous for dogs for a couple different reasons. First, the pit of an avocado is super slippery, and seeing how some dogs eat it’s something that could just slip down their throats without them even noticed. Ingesting avocado pits can lead to blockages in their digestive system which may require surgery to fix. Second, avocados also have an extremely high fat content, which our dog friends are not able to digest as well as we are.
- Grapes and Raisins – Grapes and raisins are bad for dogs because for some reason they can cause rapid kidney failure in dogs. It is not currently understood why their body reacts this way, but even just a few raisins can hospitalize a dog for days. Make sure that your dog is not getting any grapes or raisins in their diet.
- Alcohol – While this one should be obvious for most; some owners decide to give their pets a little alcohol. Dogs are extremely sensitive to alcohol and much smaller amounts than a human can consume will cause alcohol poisoning in dogs. Its best to just not test their limits and cut them off.
- Coffee – Coffee is like alcohol in the sense that dogs just react much stronger to it. Coffee is a stimulant so it can increase their heart rate, blood pressure, and even cause seizures. In order to keep our best friends safe, we can just make sure their coffee consumption stays at zero, what kind of person would even feed coffee to their dog?
These are just a few of some of the more important items that you should never feed a dog. There will be further articles to show even more foods that can be dangerous for your dog, but if you keep these main items out of your dog’s diet then they are set up for a long healthy life. It is also important that you are feeding your dogs a good brand dog food. All the best dog food brands and pros/cons of each brand will be added in a later article.