Things You Shouldn't Feed Your Dog
Foods Which Can Be Harmful to Your Dog
Like millions of dog lovers out there, I love to spoil my little pup. Whenever she looks up at me with those big brown eyes and that eager face, I just melt. But, like other responsible dog owners, I have a duty to safeguard my little companion's heath. It's up to me to regulate what she eats and to ensure that her weight is healthy. It's also up to me to make sure she doesn't get her paws on some of the foods that may not only be bad for her, they could be lethal. Here's a list of some of the things your furry friend should never eat. Some of them may surprise you - they certainly surprised me.
1. Raw meat and fish. I had always assumed that a diet containing some raw meat would be good for my dog but, fact is, it can be harmful. There are all sorts of nasty bacteria which are present in raw meat and fish, but which are eliminated by cooking to the correct temperature. If you are going to feed your dog a raw meat diet, you should get advice from your vet and also make sure that the meat is really fresh.
2. Chocolate. Most people know this one. Chocolate contains theobromine which can cause vomiting, diarrhea or even seizures and death in your dog. You should never feed your dog even the tiniest piece of chocolate. Besides, if you're anything like me, you'll want to keep it all for yourself.
3. Raisins and grapes. These can cause kidney failure and even a couple of these fruity treats can cause vomiting.
4.Avocados. These are really not good for your dog because they contain a substance called persin which can be toxic in large amounts. Keep your dog out of the guacamole and all will be well.
5. Alcohol. Should be a given, but some people do let their dogs lap up beer or spirits every now and then. Just as with humans, alcohol exposure can cause liver failure in dogs and it takes a lot less alcohol to do damage in our canine friends. The same goes for caffeine-loaded drinks such as tea, coffee and energy drinks - not good for dogs as it can lead to poisoning for which there is no antidote.
6. Dairy products. Depends on the dog, but many have an intolerance to dairy products, including milk, which can lead to nasty, messy diarrhea. Slip your puppy an ice-cream at your peril!
7. Onions and garlic. This is not just because of the bad breath. Eating large quantities of onions or garlic products can lead to poisoning. They can affect a dog's red blood cells and cause anemia. Not worth the risk!
8. Macadamias. I wouldn't recommend feeding nuts of any kind to a dog, but macadamias are the ones you definitely have to steer clear of. Even a small handful can lead to severe poisoning which can be fatal. Mix nuts and chocolate and you've heightened the risk of death.
9.Fat trimmings. Eating the fatty scraps from your plate can lead to pancreatitis, a nasty and painful condition. I admit to slipping my dog the occasional scrap of meat from my plate, but always trim the fat off first.
10. Bones. Well, this is something we all give our dogs from time to time, but you're better off buying doggy treats from the pet store than giving them left over bones at home. Bones can splinter and get stuck in the dog's digestive system. Chicken bones are a particular choking hazard and not to be recommended
So, overall, my advice would be to feed dogs sensibly and make sure they can't get at prohibited food items. They might give you a reproachful look if you refuse them something they want, but they'll be better off in the end.