We consider dogs as part of our family and start to feed them the food which we eat. We actually can’t resist ourself giving them food as a reward. Well, there are many foods that are safe for dogs to eat, others can cause anything from stomach cramps to death. Dogs are quite intrigued about human foods and they always curious to grab them. You should be very careful while feeding your dogs as some foods may cause serious health issues to your dogs.
Dangerous Foods for Dogs
Grapes and Raisins:
Some fruits may be healthy snacks for dogs but it’s not the same in the case of grapes and raisins. They contain some sort of toxins. Well, the toxicity of grapes and raisins is quite unclear but they can cause vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and can lead to kidney failure. They may be fatal to some dogs.
Any sort of drink that contains even a small quantity of alcohol can be lethal to dogs. Alcohol beverages contain ethanol, and beer contains hops, both the ingredients can cause alcohol intoxication in dogs. They have some diverse effects on a dog’s liver and brain, just like humans. This may lead to vomiting, diarrhea, breathing issues, restlessness, dizziness, high body temperature, coma, and even death. You should concern your vet if your dog has these symptoms after consuming any alcoholic beverages.
Onion and Garlic:
Anything that comes in the onion and garlic family like shallots or scallions is poisonous to dogs. They contain a toxin that may lead to gastroenteritis, weakness, vomiting, and breathing issues. It can be lethal if they consumed more at once and can damage the red blood cells, causing anemia. Whereas garlic is more lethal than onion, this can lead to lethargy, dizziness, and pale orange to dark red urine excretion. So they are not good food for dogs.
It’s quite well-known that any sort of chocolate whether dark chocolate or white chocolate is harmful to dogs. The amount and kind of chocolate your dog consumes will determine the toxicity level in your dog. Symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, lethargy, increased thirst, discomfort, irregular heartbeat, high body temperature, and death. The toxicity of chocolate is regulated due to the presence of theobromine, which is very dangerous to dogs. The most dangerous type of chocolate is dark chocolate and unsweetened baked chocolate. Chocolates are toxic to the heart and nervous system and may lead to heart failure, tremors, seizures, and death.
Milk and Dairy Products:
Some people love to feed their puppy milk without knowing the fact that it can be hard for their digestive system to digest it properly. Milk can be good food for dogs if it is given in a dilute form to your puppy. Any dairy products like butter, ice cream, or milk in excess can lead to digestive discomfort and cause diarrhea and vomiting in your puppies. Small dogs are more prone to this risk as their digestive system is not that strong to digest heavy fats present in dairy products. Some dogs may allergic to some milk products, so you need to give extra care to your dogs.
Fruits Pits and Seeds:
Pits and seeds of some fruits can be harmful to dogs as they can obstruct the digestive tract of dogs. Fruits like watermelon chunks and peach slices can be given to your dogs. But some fruits like avocado, mango, and cherry cannot be given to dogs as their flesh contains some sort of toxins which can create some serious issues in the digestive system of dogs. The big seeds may be stuck into the esophagus or the intestine that can cause obstruction. The pits contain cyanide which is poisonous if consumed more at once. Symptoms like vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea can be seen in dogs who intake pits and seeds.
Not all nuts are good for dogs, nuts like almond and macadamia nuts are one of them. They can be fatal for dogs as they contain some amount of toxins and may act as a choking hazard. The toxicity of nuts depends on the size of the dog and the number of nuts he consumed. More than one can be poisonous to dogs and can show some symptoms including vomiting, fever, rapid heartbeat, muscle damage, and gastrointestinal obstruction. If your dog eats a bar of chocolate having nuts on it, you should immediately call for a vet. This may lead to the risk of death.
Xylitol (Artificial sweetener):
An artificial sweetener found in sugarless sweets, candy, gums, and baked cookies contains xylitol which is not good for dogs. It may also be found in toothpaste, cough syrups, and mouthwash. Intake of xylitol-containing foods can drop out your dog’s sugar level it may increase insulin circulation in the blood. Symptoms including vomiting, lethargy, digestive discomfort, hypoglycemia and may also lead to liver failure after few days of ingestion. So keep all those foods away from your dogs that contain xylitol.
Coffee, cold drink, tea, painkillers, or cocoa may contain caffeine which can cause serious damage if consumed in excess quantity. This may lead to caffeine poisoning and symptoms like restlessness, vomiting, diarrhea, toxicity to the heart, rapid breathing, increased heartbeat, and muscle tremors can be seen in dogs.
Fat Trimmings and Bones:
Both cooked and uncooked meat and fat trimmed from meat pieces can lead to pancreatitis in dogs. We usually give a bone to our dogs for biting, they can become a choking hazard. Bones can be stuck in the esophagus and block them and cause cuts in the digestive system of dogs. On the other hand, freshly cooked meat can be proteinaceous for your dogs.
Some Other Harmful Foods for Dogs:
Foods like mushrooms, avocados, raw eggs, sweets, fatty foods, and even your medicines can also be harmful to dogs. Make sure your dogs are not allergic to any food that may also lead to the risk of indigestion and cause itching.