6 Types Of Types Foods You Should Not Feed Your Dog

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The lines between human and dog living are often blurred, especially when it comes to food. And why not? They are man’s best friend, after all. But, no matter what you think of them, they are still dogs.

And need special attention as to whether that piece of meat your kid slowly sneaks to his pawed best friend is really safe for it. Is it really okay to let your dog have a slice of your pizza? We list you six common household foods you should keep light years away from your dog.

1)   Meat (Liver, raw eggs, tuna, fatty meat and bones)

Eggs

Raw eggs can cause salmonella, and unlike humans, dogs have a shorter digestive tract, which increases the possibility the of food blockage in the intestines. This leads to breeding of e coli or salmonella, thus causing food poisoning.

Fatty meat, on the other hand, can cause pancreatitis in dogs, which can be life-threatening. Additionally, as surprising as it may be, bones are just as dangerous. Dogs can choke on the bone, and bone splinters can cause lacerations in the dog’s internal organs.

2)   Alcohol

Old No7

  • Beer, wine, whiskey: No matter what facts random researches have to present for humans, when it comes to dogs, alcohol can prove deadly. Even a few sips can depress the central nervous system; hamper coordination and breathing, cause diarrhea, coma and death. And remember: the smaller the dog, the graver the danger.

3)   Fruits

Uva matura, reife Trauben, ripe grapes

  • Grapes and raisins: One of the most common form of treats for dogs, this is one big bad idea. Grapes and raisins cause continuous vomiting, lethargy, depression, and kidney failure in dogs.
  • Persimmons, peaches, and plums: The seeds of these fruits, when ingested, can cause blockage and inflammation of the small intestine. Moreover, the seeds of peach and plum contain cyanide. And while you may know too well what this means, your dog doesn’t.

4)   Vegetables:

Onion

  • Avocados: The next time you let your dog chomp on some chips and guacamole, think again. Avocado is highly poisonous to both, dogs and cats. The Persin in avocado causes troubled breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, inflammation of mammary glands and abdomen, cardiac failure and of course, death.
  • Garlic and onions: Whether they’re minced, chopped, diced, boiled, powered, burnt or juiced, the fact that they are absolutely toxic for your dog or cat does not change. Garlic and onions rupture red blood cells, thus affecting their oxygen carrying capacity. This is one major reason why you should read the labels of dog treats, cat food and even baby food that the pet might be fed.
  • Broccoli and raw tomatoes: We may endlessly stress on the importance of broccoli for kids, but the same vegetable is a strict no-no for your dog. Broccoli causes gastrointestinal irritations, while tomato causes tremors and heart arrhythmias.

5)   Caffeine

Café con leche - Milchkaffee (CC)

  • Coffee, colas, Red Bull, tea and chocolates: These may be a hit among humans, but for your furry friend, they are a recipe for disaster. While an occasional bite from a chocolate chip cookie may be harmless, keep your dog miles away from dark chocolate and baker’s chocolate and caffeine-rich drinks. These are rich in both, caffeine and theobromine which trigger vomiting, diarrhea, arrhythmia, tremors, seizures, and worst, death.

6)   Other

  • Yeast: Yeast expands the inside of the dog’s stomach and causes inexorable pain. Fermentation of yeast inside the pet’s system can also lead to alcohol poisoning.
  • Macadamia nuts and nutmeg: Even as little as four to five macadamia nuts bode ill. Both of these ingredients cause muscle tremors, paralysis of the lower body, high body temperature, increased heartbeat.
  • Chewing gum and toothpaste: Your dog can certainly do well without some minty-breath. Gums or anything minty contains xylitol which causes, lethargy, poor coordination and a sudden spurt in the dogs insulin levels which can prove deadly.
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Today’s guest post is authored by Jim Downer. A dog lover, his love for the canines dates back to his childhood. He is extremely sensitive about their health and often writes articles related to dog care on his blog.

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