Food that is bad for dogs.
Again, Our Dogs Are Family Too
Once again we are on a topic that is often overlooked and regularly unintentionally abused or misused because of the fact we consider our pets as a member of the family. You wouldn’t exclude your children from enjoying their favorite food at a barbecue, would you?
Sometimes our dogs are our children. The thing that a lot of folks overlook even though they love them and want to make them happy is, there is a lot of human food that is dangerous for dogs. Although, there are some people food that is safe for dogs.
Things That Are Proven To Be Bad
I believe there are several of these items that are pretty commonly known to be very bad for dogs. I will provide a list of things that you should know to never give a dog and a brief description of why.
Starting with one that is probably the most commonly known.
- Chocolate: A very tasty treat, one of my favorites! Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine. Those are the two chemicals that dogs cannot metabolize as people can. These two by themselves are harmful to dogs but together they are double trouble. If a dog eats chocolate it can do irreversible damage to its heart, liver, and digestive tract. This can possibly ultimately lead to death.
- Fruit Pits: Yes, fruit pits and seeds. It is OK to give them fruit. The flesh or meat of the fruit but not the seeds. Some of them contain small amounts of cyanide. Seems strange that it is OK for people to eat, doesn’t it? It really isn’t, we do process the chemicals better than dogs but if you ate enough of it, it would do the same to you.
- Alcohol: As tempting as it may be, why wouldn’t we let the dog join the party? Alcohol is highly toxic to dogs. Vomiting is the first response. It can also cause tremors and difficulty with breathing. Too much can be fatal.
- Garlic and Onions: All varieties are toxic to dogs. These actually break down the red blood cells. Creates blood in the urine. Not good! So, one should take extra caution at what is fed to the dog at the barbecue! Mustard is also bad.
- Artificial Sweeteners: A majority of these contain Xylitol. This product will cause excessive insulin release and cause the liver to break down.
- Nuts: I was surprised by this one. Nuts are usually a good source of protein. They are high in fat though. So high it will build up and turn into toxic waste for a dog. Macadamia nuts are especially bad. They can cause paralysis in dogs.
- Grapes and Raisins: I can’t tell you how many times I have given a dog a grape. Had I known, that would not have happened. It was never in any quantity. Apparently, grapes and raisins have a mystery compound that causes kidney failure.
- Bones: WHAAAT! That goes against everything I thought I knew about dogs. Dogs are known for chewing bones. They have pretty tough digestive systems and their ancestors probably survived by eating them. Dogs for the most part are domesticated now and have lost some of that ability. They can chew on bones, but it is hard on teeth and can cause issues in the digestive system. Raw bones are better. Never cooked or any bone from any type of bird. They can splinter and cause serious issues. Best Bully Sticks are the safest alternative.
Now That You Know
I have to say, I have made some mistakes. I want people to know, almost all of these will not cause too much damage in small amounts. It is not like if you give a dog one macadamia it will be paralyzed the next day. I have seen dogs that have been given small amounts of beer on a regular basis and they have lived long happy lives.
The main thing is, just like kids, they are going to get into things if they have access to them. Now that you know, it may help to identify a few things that should be kept out of reach. Dogs do not know these things are bad for them. It is up to us to help keep the coolest dogs on the planet safe!
Keep Coming Back
You now have a list of things that dogs should really never have. I intend to write an article soon on things that are good for dogs. It would be great to share this information with you too!
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