So many people think that it is okay to feed their dog table food. Many of them do it because they can’t afford to buy commercial dog food, but others may do it because they just don’t see a harm in it. The problem is, there are some foods dogs can’t eat, foods that are really not safe for your dog. Most people know that you shouldn’t give a dog chocolate, but what about other ‘human food’? Sure, some things are safe, but here are a few of the foods that you don’t want your dog to ingest.
What Foods Dogs Can’t Eat
Well, since we already talked a bit about chocolate, let’s find out why they shouldn’t eat it. Did you know that chocolate actually causes toxicosis in dogs, because of the theobromine and caffeine? Dark chocolate is very toxic to dogs, while white chocolate is lower in toxicity. If your dog gets a hold of dark chocolate, they may start vomiting. They may also be really thirsty and seem very agitated. If it is too severe, they can experience seizers, or can even die. It is important to make sure that candies and other chocolates are kept out of the reach of your pup.
Onions -and other foods that are closely related to onions, like garlic- can actually cause irreparable damage to your dog’s red blood cells. These foods are toxic to your dogs, and can make them appear very weak and lethargic. They may also have a darker colored urine due to the toxins. If it gets really bad, a blood transfusion may actually be necessary. Speaking of blood transfusion, did you know your dog can be a blood donor and save other dogs’ lives?
Studies show that grapes, and foods derived from grapes, such as raisins, are not safe for dogs. It has been linked to cases of kidney failure in dogs. There isn’t enough research to know exactly why this is the case, and it doesn’t affect all dogs the same way. The key is to stay safe and keep grapes out of your dog’s diet.
It isn’t common for people to feed their dogs macadamia nuts, but sometimes there may be cookies laying around for the dog to swipe. Macadamia nuts may actually be harmful to your pup. It isn’t usually fatal, but it can cause them to run a bit of a fever and be weak for a short period of time. The reasoning is not really clear, but it seems to lead to toxicosis. It is just best to keep them out of reach.
Beer and Liquor
Believe it or not, some people actually think that it is okay, or funny even, to give their dog beer. Aside from the fact that this is probably considered animal cruelty, hops that are used to brew beer can cause potentially life threatening issues in your dog. It can cause them to run high fevers, become agitated and restless, and even experience seizers or tremors. It is important to take your dog to the vet if you suspect that they could have ingested beer, or any other beverage with hops.
Liquor is also unsafe for pets, because it contains ethanol, or ethyl alcohol. Even in small quantities, this is not safe for your pet. Alcohol intoxication can lead to vomiting, disorientation, lack of coordination, and even seizures or death in severe circumstances.
Bread dough often contains live yeast, which is not safe for your dog to ingest. When a dog eats it, the moisture and warmth of the stomach can cause the yeast to grow and expand. The dough can actually expand in their stomach, and it can cause them to have a lack of blood flow to their stomach wall. This can cause tissue death, and can also lead to difficulty breathing. Never give your pet raw bread dough.
Many raw meats harbor bacteria that may pose a threat to your dog’s health. It is always important to give them cooked meat to avoid these issues. Sure, there are some people that think a raw diet for dogs is a great idea. While it does have a few benefits, there are risks involved that you must be aware of.
When you are feeding your pet table foods, always keep in mind that there are some foods dogs can’t eat. It is important to stick to the safe foods- such as lean meats and proteins. Avoid these foods to ensure that your pet is healthy and happy.