We all know how it goes.
You’re sitting with your food minding your own business, when all of a sudden you feel that paw on your legs, the soft whining starts and you are staring into a those big brown eyes fighting the temptation to give your dog all your food.
While it may be difficult to refuse your dog’s very strategic and effective begging, you do have to be careful of the food you feed them. Not all human food is fit for canine consumption.
Here is a breakdown of food you should never give your dog:
Avocados have numerous health benefits for us humans, but not for your pooch. They contain a substance called persin that is highly toxic for them and causes vomiting and diarrhea. So when you have those nacho nights, guacamole is a definite no no for your pooch.
2. Garlic and Onions
They may enhance the flavour in our food, but they can destroy the red blood cells in your dog and cause anemia. Any form of onion and garlic is bad for your pet, whether its is fresh, dehydrated, pickled or powdered.
3. Grapes and Raisins
It may be fun to give your dog grape and raisins as a treat, but they can be quite dangerous. It has been found that grapes and raisins can lead to kidney failure, although the exact substance that causes it is yet to be identified. While eating a small amount of grape sot raisins will not immediately lead to kidney failure, it can make your dog ill and lethargic. Rather use dog biscuits as treats.
4. Dairy products
Giving your pooch dairy is never good idea. This is because your dog cannot digest the lactose found in this products at all. Think of your dog as being lactose intolerant, so feeding them any dairy product will cause digestive problems. On a hot day, it is best to keep your ice-cream to yourself and give your dog some nice cool water.
5. Chocolate and caffeine
Most of us know not to feed chocolate to our dogs, but did you know caffeine us just as bad? In fact part of the reason chocolate is so bad for your dog is because it contains caffeine, so keep coffee, tea and soft drinks away from your pet too. If your dog does consume chocolate, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heart rate, muscle tremors and seizures. Your dog could potentially pass away as quickly as within 24 hours of consuming chocolate.
6. Fruit seeds
We know that you should not eat the seeds found in apples, watermelons and peaches. Dog do not. If you are going to give them fruits that contain seeds, make sure they are pit free. This is especially important when it comes to peaches and plums. The pits contain cyanide which is poisonous for both human and animals.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener. You can get is as is, and it is also present in certain sweets, gums and mouthwash. If your pet consumes Xylitol, it causes a release of insulin that lead to low blood sugar. Prolonged consumption of Xylitol can lead to liver damage and if left untreated could lead to death. While not all sweet things contain Xylitol, it is best to avoid feeding them to your dog – just to be safe.
8. Macadamia Nuts
These are toxic to dogs can could lead to muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, elevated body temperature, and rapid heart rate. These problems could arise in within 12 hours of eating the nuts, and as little as 6 nuts could make your dog ill.
9. Raw eggs
The next time you drop an egg on the floor, don’t let your dog clean it up for you. If the egg contains bacteria like Salmonella or E. coli. it will poison your dog. Even if it doesn’t, there is an enzyme in raw eggs that makes it difficult form dog to absorb vitamin B, which could lead to various skin problem in your dog.
10. Certain bones
It may seem like the most natural thing in the world to give your dog a bone, but not all bones are safe to eat. If the bone splinters it can cause damage to your dogs teeth, gums and throat causing lots of pain. Certain bones are also choking hazards, so make sure the bone your give your dog is an appropriate size for them. As a rule avoid giving your dog cooked bones, as they are more likely to break and splinter. Never give your dog fish, poultry or pork bones. It is also a good idea to monitor your dog when they are eating bones – just in case.