Human Foods That Are Bad For Dogs
Some table scraps can be harmful
We've all succumbed to the sad-eyed plea for table scraps from our furry, four-legged friends. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as the foods you share with your dog can't harm him. Here are some of the most well-known dog-toxic foods, as well as some you may not have heard about.
Chocolate can cause death in dogs
Chocolate is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in dogs. It can be found everywhere - in the house, in the car, a child in the household might leave it sitting out; and discarded candy bars can be found lying around public spaces, too, just waiting to be snatched up on your walk in the park.
Dark chocolate is the most dangerous for dogs, because the theobromine (a dog-toxic chemical component) is more concentrated. This chemical isn't as harmful to humans, because our bodies metabolize it more quickly. In dogs, though, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea; and at the more severe side of the spectrum, can lead to seizures, respiratory failure, heart attack and/or coma.
Grapes and raisins harm a dog's kidneys
If the dog appears to have only eaten a few grapes, it is possible that nothing bad will happen; watch for unusual behavior if you suspect it was a small amount. If a large quantity is ingested, it can be lethal. It is best to induce vomiting if the ingestion is discovered within two hours, as kidney failure can occur within 48 hours of your dog having eaten the grapes. If possible, take the dog to the vet immediately, and let the doctor provide appropriate care for him.
Beer hops are toxic to dogs
When a dog ingests spent hops from home beer brewing, an emergency vet visit is required. This can cause malignant hyperthermia, which involves a rapidly increasing body temperature, rapid heart rate and painful muscle contractions. If you brew at home, be very careful with the disposal of your hops.
Beer isn't good for dogs, either, even though many dog owners let them drink it.
Uncooked yeast dough
When a dog eats uncooked yeast dough, the warmth inside her stomach causes the rising process of the dough to happen rapidly. This can be very dangerous if the dough expands beyond the capacity of her internal organs. Not only this, but the yeast in the dough gets converted to alcohol inside the dog's body, which can lead to alcohol poisoning.
Beware of cooked bones for dogs
It is generally pretty safe to give your dog raw marrow bones - these are full of nutrients and can be acquired inexpensively at the butcher's. Ask for them to be cut at a length where there won't be a choking risk and make sure to supervise your dog with her marrow bone, just in case.
However, if you are going to give your dogs meat scraps at the end of a meal, scrape it off the bone, and just give him the meat. Dogs tend to swallow chicken bones whole, which is a choking hazard and poses a risk of damage to internal organs; other cooked bones tend to splinter, which is unsafe as well.
Lesser-know foods that are toxic to dogs
- Caffeinated foods and beverages
- Fatty table scraps - can lead to pancreatitis
- Foods sweetened with Xylitol
- Fruit pits and seeds - these contain cyanide
- Macadamia nuts
- Moldy foods - just as harmful to dogs as to humans. Keep a dog-proof lid on the trash can
- Onions and garlic
Dog Nutrition Information
- Modern Dog Magazine | Nutrition
Look here for dog nutrition tips and recipes.
So what table scraps are safe for dogs?
- Apples, cored and with no seeds
- Cooked eggs
- Carrots, peas, green beans, broccoli
- Cottage cheese
- Olive or flax oil - a teaspoon with dinner will make her coat shine
- Parsley - sprinkled in with food, freshens breath
- Peanut butter - as a special treat
- Popcorn, without butter or salt
- Poultry, beef, pork, or smaller amounts of salmon (all cooked, without bones)
- Pumpkin and other squash
- Rice - white or brown, plain or cooked with chicken broth
- Sweet Potatoes
- Yogurt (without sweeteners)
It is entirely possible to feed your dog without purchasing bagged dog food. Just do a bit of research, first, to make sure you are providing the correct nutrients to keep her healthy.
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