As a pet owner, it’s important to know what foods your dog cannot take. There are many things you shouldn’t feed your dog, so which are the foods that are toxic to dogs?
Below we have compiled 5 types of foods that you shouldn’t be feeding your dog.
Is chocolate really bad for dogs? Many people are not aware of the chocolate toxicity in dogs. It depends though, what type of chocolates you dog ate and the amount of cocoa it took in.
What’s The Reason For Chocolate Being Harmful To Dogs?
Theobromine. It’s the culprit that harms dogs because dogs have difficulties processing it, thus causing toxic to build up in their system.
Theobromine is found in many types of foods including chocolate, tea and acai berries. Although quite rare with humans as we metabolize Theobromine much faster as compared to our four legged companions.
An ounce of milk chocolate per pound of body weight is enough to harm your dog.
Symptoms & What To Do
The most common theobromine poisoning victims are dogs. If your dog is poisoned by chocolate, you’ll notice him being weak, vomiting and have increased urination.
The safest thing to do if you suspect that your dog have consumed chocolate is to take it to the nearest veterinarian.
2. Chewing Gum That Contains Xylitol
If swallowing chewing gum is not bad enough, ‘Xylitol’ that is found in gum products are harmful to dogs. Commonly used as a sugar in sugar-free products as a sugar substitute. You find Xylitol in everyday products such as toothpaste, vitamins, mints, mouthwash and more.
Xylitol is extremely harmful to dogs. Excessive amount of xylitol will cause your dog to have liver failures, low blood sugar and even death.
Symptoms of your dog having induced Xylitol includes coma, depression, vomiting and even seizures. Take it to the nearest vet immediately. Don’t try to get it to vomit or cough out the gum, as your dog may already be low on glucose in the blood, it’ll only its health condition worse.
Having a party at home and have your pets running around? Make sure not to spill alcohol on the floor. Your dog might just be curious of the liquid you spill and left sitting around and decide to take a lick.
Who lets his dogs drink alcohol anyway? As if alcohol isn’t bad for us humans already.
Alcohol to a dog is the same towards a human. Excessive intake of alcohol will cause liver damage and sometimes even brain dysfunction. Even with just a bit, the harm done to dogs can be pretty severe with breathing problems, nervous system depression and more.
In short, never let your dogs be near alcohol. Same goes to you.
Most dog owners do not know that they might put their dog to risk, by feeding them with bones taken from turkeys or hams. It may seem like the right thing to do, given that we have grown with the media telling us that dog eats bones.
While bones are not foods that are toxic to dogs, feeding bones to your dog is absolutely not recommended at all. Your dog can potentially choke on a bone. Some bones are sharp and long causing cuts and obstruction in your dog’s stomach. Then we have bones which are large in size and would potentially damage your dog’s teeth as they try chewing down those bones.
Give your dog a dental bone instead. He should be happy to be receiving one of those from you. Dental bones also help with your dog’s cavities and reduce plaque.
5. Onions And Garlic
Onions and garlic are both in the list of dangerous foods for dogs. Although a small quantity of this in food can be harmless to a dog, when taken in large, can quickly destroy your dog’s red blood cells.
You might be wondering if a dog would really eat onions by its own. The problem is the onions or garlic can be in any form. Even a breaded and fried onion will do harm to a dog.
They should never be fed to a dog, not even in any form whether cooked or not, liquid or powder form or even in the form of snacks.
Feed The Right Foods
We mentioned the top 5 most common foods that you shouldn’t be feeding your dog. Other than this list, there are few more types of food and things that you should keep away from your dog.
Know what they are? Share your knowledge below and add to the list so other dog owners can keep in mind.