When it comes to feeding your dog, there are certainly things that you want to make sure that your dog is getting so that it can stay healthy and active. Things like protein, fiber, vitamins, etc. are essential for your dog much like they are essential to people. There are things that we eat, however, that you definitely do not want to give to your dog as it can cause harm to them and their bodies. Here a list of these such food and their effects:
Alcohol: Can cause intoxication, seizures, low blood sugar, arrhythmias, coma, and death.
Avocado: Contains persin, which causes vomiting and diarrhea.
Bones: Can cause obstruction or lacerations in the
Chocolate/coffee/tea/: contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and damage to heart and nervous system.
Citrus Oil Extracts: Can cause vomiting
Fat Trimmings: Can cause pancreatitis.
Fish: If fed excessively, can result in a B vitamin deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, or death.
Human Vitamin Supplements Containing Iron: can damage vital organs such as the digestive system, liver, and kidneys.
Macadamia Nuts: contain an unknown toxin that can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
Marijuana: can depress the nervous system cause vomiting, and changes in heart rate.
Milk and other dairy: Can cause diarrhea.
Mushrooms: can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock and result in death.
Onions/Garlic: contains sulfoxides and disulfides which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia.
Peach/Plum pits: can cause obstruction in the digestive system.
Raw Eggs: Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of B vitamin and leads to skin and hair problems as well as neurological abnormalities.
Raw Meat: may contain bacteria such as salmonella and e. coli which lead to vomiting and diarrhea.
Rhubarb leaves: Contain oxalates which can affect the nervous, digestive, and urinary systems.
Salt: In large quantities, may lead to electrolyte imbalances, seizures, or death.
Sugary Foods: Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and diabetes.
Tobacco: Contains nicotine, which highly affects the digestive and nervous systems; can result in rapid heartbeat, collapse, coma, and death.
Yeast: can expand and produce gas in digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.
Xylitol (artificial sweetener): can cause very low blood sugar, which can result in vomiting, weakness, and collapse. In high amounts can cause liver failure and death.
Now that you know more about foods that you shouldn’t feed your dog, you’ll definitely be able to keep your pet safe and healthy! For more information about what you should look for when feeding your pet log onto peteducation.com and click on “Nutrition and Feeding” on the left column. Also, for more information about dog food and what brands are healthier for your pet, log onto dogfoodadvisor.com! Happy dining!