Sep 102018

Nutrition – Top 10 Toxic and Dangerous Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

Nutrition – Top 10 Toxic and Dangerous Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

As you’re eating food, is it hard for you to resist sharing with your dog? We have compiled a list of food we humans like to eat, but shouldn’t be shared with your dog.

1.Milk and dairy

These products can cause digestive problems in pets that lead to discomfort and dehydration. A dog’s body doesn’t produce enough of the lactase enzyme necessary to break down lactose found in dairy products.

2.Fruits and vegetables

While many are great to share with your dog, such as apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, carrots, and celery; others are not recommended. Some people approve of giving oranges to dogs, but the stems, leaves, and peels contain citric acid and essential oils, which can cause digestion and central nervous system depression. Also avoid grapes and raisins, avocado, tomatoes, and mushrooms.

3.Cooked Bones

Who knew that bones could be harmful to dogs? In all the movies that we have watched while growing up, dogs have always been shown as bone-lovers.

Cooked bones are a big no-no, as the cooking process strips away most of the moisture present, making it extremely brittle. The splinters could break off easily and damage the teeth of your canine companion.

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Moreover, the splinters of the bones could get lodged in their throats and cause an immense amount of trouble. The splinters could even puncture your dog’s digestive tract or his intestine. A safer and healthier option would be to offer raw bones or bone-shaped treats.

4.Apple Seeds

Did you know that apple seeds could be toxic to your dog? Yes, the casing of Apple seeds contains a natural chemical that releases cyanide when the dog digests it.

This could potentially poison your dog slowly over time and weaken his digestive system. Whenever you offer apples to your dog, always get rid of the casing along all the seeds and offer small bite-sized pieces to smaller dogs.

5.Allium Plants

There are foods in the Allium family such as garlic, onions, leeks, and chives. Those Allium plants listed are five times more toxic to dogs than other Allium plants. The danger with garlic is that it can cause anemia in dogs and side effects like pale gums, high heart rate, weakness and collapsing. If your dog has consumed garlic or onions, expect delays symptoms. We suggest that you closely monitor your pet for a few days.

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6.Xylitol

This artificial sweetener found in some low-calorie candies and foods can be very dangerous in dogs. It hides silently in many peanut butter brands that advertise as being low in sugar. Xylitol tricks the dogs body into releasing insulin which in turn lowers the blood sugar to dangerously low levels. Dogs will become weak and may pass out. Aggressive IV fluids with added sugars are needed to counteract the xylitol.

7.Cinnamon

They say Cinnamon has healing properties. But that applies to humans, not dogs. Cinnamon can irritate a dog’s mouth causing discomfort and possibly even bring on illness. It can also lower a dog’s blood sugar and induce diarrhea, vomiting and an erratic heart rate.

8.Chocolate

At the top of the list of bad foods for dogs is the one you’ve probably heard of most often–chocolate. Theobromine isn’t harmful to humans, but it’s the toxic part of chocolate for dogs. It’s found in all kinds of chocolate, but especially in dark chocolate and baking chocolate. It can cause a dog to vomit, have diarrhea, and become overly thirsty, but on the more extreme side it can cause abnormal heart rhythms, seizures, tremors, or death. Save the sweets for yourself.

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9.Raw Eggs

There is a recent trend of feeding raw eggs to dogs, highlighting the amount of protein that dogs can receive from them.

However, there is a very small risk of food poisoning when your dog is put on a diet of raw eggs because they may contain Salmonella or E.coli bacteria. Most commercial eggs are often sprayed with wax and harmful chemicals as well, as this helps to keep the eggs looking fresh.

Eating raw eggs contain almost the same nutritional value as cooked eggs, so why take the risk?

10.Alcohol

Protect your pet from party people! While they may happily sip a cold brew or mixed cocktail, your dog will not share the enjoyment. Results can include vomiting and diarrhea, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, and even death.

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