Foods your dog should never eat.

Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

Posted Nov 30, 2017 in Care

We often can’t resist giving our dog a little taste of our own food. It can be hard to not give in to our adorable pup asking for a little treat off our plate. However, not everything is okay to give our dogs. There are many foods and drinks we consume everyday that can be very dangerous to our pets. It is important to know what we can and can’t give our pets so we can keep them safe, or if they do accidentally eat something bad, get them treatment immediately. Here are some of the top food thats our four-legged friends should never eat!

Alcohol 

Alcohol is a huge no, in any capacity, to give to your pets. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma or even can result in death.

Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine

These three items are grouped together because they all contain methylxanthines. Methylxanthines, the cacao seeds, can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and even death. You need to avoid all of these and anything that might have these ingredients in it, such as soda. 

Grapes and Raisins

No one is quite sure what it is in grapes and raisins that is dangerous, but it causes kidney failure. While this substance is still somewhat unknown and unclear, you should avoid feeding grapes and raisins to your dog. 

Coconut Products

The flesh and milk of coconut can cause your dog to have an upset stomach, loose stools, or diarrhea, due to some of the oils. Coconut water is also very high in potassium and you should also avoid giving this to your pet. In general, small amounts aren’t bad, but try your best to not give any of these to your pup. 

Dairy

Most dogs are lactose intolerant, because they do not have enough lactase, which breaks down lactose in milk and other dairy products. Because of this intolerance, your pup may get diarrhea or digestive issues. So to be safe, generally avoid milk and dairy products. 

Onions

Onions can often cause gastrointestinal irritation with dogs, mostly when a lot of them are consumed. They can lead to red blood cell damage, so try your best to keep onions out of any foods you’re giving to your dog. You should also stay away from chives and garlic, which causes similar issues. 

Xylitol

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is used in a lot of our everyday products, such as gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. With dogs, it can lead to liver failure, vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination, and seizures. Be sure to look at the ingredients of any sweet treat in your home or anything you might be feeding your dog to be sure it doesn’t have this toxic ingredient. 

Raw Dough/Yeast

When raw dough is consumed by your dog, it can rise and cause painful gas, stomach bloating, or even become life threatening. If you’re cooking any bread or other treats with yeast, be sure to keep it far away from your dog.

Be sure to watch out for these dangerous items and always keep an eye on what is going into your dog’s mouth!         

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