Once you have made the decision to add a furry family member into your life, you must also take into consideration his or her age-appropriate nutritional needs, and learn about the dos and the don’ts regarding feeding the animal. While you are living under the same roof, pets’ eating habits are different from those of humans, and in some cases can make the difference between life and death for your furry companion.
If you’ve ever wondered what foods and treats are a no-go for your dog, check out this article.
Below we present you with a list of foods to be avoided and their effects on your dog’s health.
- Avocado: the Persin it contains can cause vomiting, diarrhea and heart congestion.
- Apple seeds: they contain amygdalin, a natural chemical that releases cyanide, which can be toxic in large amounts if they are chewed.
- Alcohol: much like in the case of humans, it can cause intoxication, poor breathing, lack of coordination and abnormal acidity, potentially coma and/or death.
- Cooked bones: when chewed, they can splinter, causing injuries in the mouth and bowel perforations. Avoid chicken ones especially as they are frailer compared to the rest.
- Chewing gum and candy: they contain a high level of sugar and Xylitol, leading to kidney failure and over-release of insulin.
- Cat food: the levels of protein and fat in cat food are too high for dogs and unhealthy.
- Chocolate and coffee: absolutely do not feed your dog these foods; they cause vomiting and diarrhea, and potential damage to your dog’s nervous system and heart.
- Citrus and citrus oil extracts: can cause vomiting.
- Garlic: it can be toxic in large amounts.
- Grapes and raisins: can cause kidney failure and liver damage.
- Onion and chives: they contain disulfides and sulfoxides which can damage the red blood cells and cause anemia. They are to be avoided at all costs.
- Macadamia nuts: can cause panting, weakness, swollen limbs, tremors and can possibly damage your dog’s muscles, and nervous and digestive systems.
- Milk and dairy products: most dogs are lactose-intolerant; you would need to look for lactose-free foods.
- Salt: an excess can cause dehydration, an imbalance in the electrolyte levels and even diarrhea.
- Capsaicin: it can be found in paprika, chili powder, and most peppers, and it is an irritant.
- Tobacco: it can damage the nervous and digestive systems; it’s toxicity can cause an increased heart rate, fainting, and death.
- Yeast: it causes gas and discomfort, and too much of it can rupture the stomach and intestines.
Although you might be tempted to give into those round puppy eyes, you have to keep in mind that what is good and tasty for you, can be harmful or potentially deadly for your dog. In general, you should avoid feeding your dog human foods, especially those that come from the food industry, as they contain a large number of synthetic preservatives and artificial colors.
If you want your fur friend to be in tiptop condition and benefit from the right amount of nutrients and vitamins, carefully selected organic dog food is the way to go. There are a large variety of specially formulated dog food alternatives available on the market, in accordance with your dog’s size and breed, age, health, and physique.
Asking your vet or pet store personnel for a piece of advice can make a real difference in ensuring your pet’s balanced diet, a long and happy life.