Foods your Dog Shouldn't Eat
Let’s be real. Dogs are cute, and it is tempting to give them whatever they want when they turn their big soulful begging eyes on you. While doggie toys or a run in the park are perfectly safe, feeding a dog food that is meant for human consumption is not. A dog’s digestive system is different from a human’s, and many of the foods that are safe for us eat can cause serious problems for a dog. Here are seven foods you should avoid feeding your dog.
Avocados – While this fruit makes great guacamole, it contains a compound called persin that is toxic to dogs when consumed in large amounts. Avoid giving your dog foods that contain avacodo, and keep him or her away from the plants if you are growing them in a home garden.
Chocolate – By now you have probably heard that chocolate is bad for dogs. In case you didn’t know why, it’s because chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which dogs are not able to process. Theobromine is in all types of chocolate including white, and a dog may vomit, have excessive thirst, and have diarrhea after eating it.
Alcohol – Wine, beer, liquor, and even foods containing alcohol can get your pet drunk. Alcohol affects dogs the same way it does humans, except dogs don’t have to consume as much to develop side effects. Vomiting, breathing difficulties, diarrhea, coma, and death can occur after consumption, so keep your alcohol out of reach.
Macadamia Nuts – If you make a batch of delicious macadamia nut cookies, lock them away quickly. Although filled with lots of nutrients that human’s need, macadamia nuts are poisonous to dogs. Even a small handful (about 6) can cause weakness, vomiting, fever, rapid heart rate, muscle tremors, and death.
Grapes and Raisins – For reasons that are still unclear, grapes and raisins can cause a dog’s kidney’s to fail. After eating grapes, the dog may begin to vomit, and become lethargic and depressed.
Milk/Dairy Products – There is nothing like eating ice cream to stay cool on a hot day. Unfortunately, giving your dog milk-based products can cause diarrhea and lead to the onset of food allergies. Besides, your dog may appreciate a dish of cold water more.
Caffeinated Foods – Coffee, tea, and other caffeinated foods and drinks are poisonous to a dog. Caffeine can cause heart palpitations, rapid breathing, restlessness, muscle tremors, and bleeding. Unfortunately, there is no antidote to caffeine poisoning, so it is best to keep this substance far away from your dog.
For your dog to remain in good health, it is important that he or she only eats foods that can be processed by his or her digestive system. Before feeding them any human food, talk to your vet or do a search on the Internet to make sure it is safe.