We as owners like to give as much food as we can to our dogs. We love our dogs that’s why we want to give them what we think is the best for them – in this case food.
But did you know that some of the food you casually give to your pet may not be the best for them?
Although we are aware that some foods are dangerous to their health, we don’t know it all. This list exists to give owners a guide to foods that are not for dogs.
1. Cholesterol-rich foods
Fried foods are certainly food that people and dogs alike can’t resist. We know that it is bad for our health but we still eat them.
We don’t think of the bad effects that these types of foods will give to our dogs because we don’t even think about that. But think of it this way, if cholesterol-rich foods are bad to us then how much more to our dogs.
2. Nuts (Macadamia)
Nuts generally are not advisable to your dog but Macadamia nuts are the most harmful. Nuts have lots of oil and fat content making it an unhealthy snack for your dog.
But Macadamia nuts are more dangerous because they can cause vomiting, tremors, overheating and many more sicknesses. It is best to just keep the nuts away from your dogs.
3. Chocolates and anything that has caffeine
Most of us already know that chocolates are bad for dogs. But for others that for some reason still don’t know this, anything that has cacao is bad for dogs. This is because Methylxanthines which are found in cacao seeds can cause problems vomiting, hyperactivity, diarrhea, seizures and the worst case – death.
Small amounts of onions are fine. But when eaten in substantial servings this can be very dangerous. This can damage the red blood cells or may lead to gastrointestinal irritation.
5. Meat and raw eggs
There are diets that consist of raw foods for dogs. But just to be safe, do not start this if you do not know what you are doing.
Raw meat can contain E.coli, Salmonella and many others. So, it is best to stick to what you know.
6. Dairy products
Like humans, some dogs are also lactose intolerant.
Dogs have don’t have much lactase. This is what helps digest dairy. It is not advisable to give dogs dairy products this includes milk as this may cause diarrhea and other digestive problems.
7. Coconut water
While food that has a small coconut content generally do not have an effect, large doses can be detrimental. Specifically, coconut water because this contains too much potassium which a dog’s body cannot handle. Although coconut can have benefits to your dog, watch the servings.
What should you do if your dog eats one of the foods above or anything that is dangerous?
Call your vet immediately and have your dog ready to be transported.
However, prevention is always better than cure. So, we must bear in mind all that we put into our dog’s diet in order for them to be healthy.