Most dog owners are unaware that there are some foods that are harmful for their four-legged furry friend. There’s a lot of human food that your dog should never eat. No matter how your dog tries to coax you with those big brown eyes, soulful look, or cute doggie grin, don’t consent to feeding them with the following foods listed below.
1. Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic, be it in form of raw, powdered, cooked, or dehydrated can harm your dog. Onions and garlic, especially in large quantity can destroy the red blood cells of your dog, leading to anemia. Symptoms may include breathing problems, vomiting, and weakness.
Just the way alcohol affects the liver and brain of human, dogs are no exception. Just a little alcohol like wine, liquor, beer, or food with alcohol in it can harm your dog. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, coordination problems, breathing problems, coma, even death.
Xylitol can cause the blood sugar level of your dog to drop and can lead to liver failure. Items like gum, baked foods, candy, toothpaste, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol. Early symptoms include lethargy, vomiting, and coordination problems, seizures and liver problem.
Avocados contain a substance called persin which may be harmful to your dog. Feeding your dog excess avocado might cause vomiting or diarrhea. If you grow avocados at home, keep your dog away from the plants. Persin is in the leaves, seed, and bark, as well as the fruit.
5. Raw Eggs
You should never feed your dog raw diet, including raw eggs. Your pet stands the risk of food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli.
6. Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine
Caffeine, coffee, and tea can be deadly for your dog. Avoid cocoa, chocolate, colas, and energy drinks. Caffeine is also in some cold medicines and pain killers. This is one reason why you should never give your dog medications meant for humans. Consult your vet immediately if your pet has taken any of these.
Chocolate, including the dark and white brand contains theobromine. The most dangerous types are dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate. If your dog consumes chocolate, symptoms may include vomit, diarrhea, heart problems, tremors, seizures, and even death.
Salty foods like chips or pretzels harmful for your dog. Eating excess salt can make your dog seriously thirsty. It can also lead to sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms of excess salt intake include diarrhea, vomiting, depression, tremors, high temperature, and seizures. It can lead to death in severe cases.
9. Milk and Other Dairy Products
Ice-cream and milk-based products can lead to diarrhea and other digestive problems for your dog. They can also trigger food allergies which can lead to itchiness.
10. Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts and foods that contain macadamia nuts in them is unhealthy for your dog. Symptoms like of macadamia nuts poisoning includes vomiting, muscle shakes, weakness, and high temperature.
11. Raw Meat and Fish
Raw meat and fish can have bacteria that causes food poisoning. Some fish such as salmon, trout, shad, or sturgeon can also have a parasite that causes “fish disease” or “salmon poisoning disease.” Signs of poisoning includes fever, vomiting, and big lymph nodes. Cook fish and meat properly to kill the parasite before feeding your dog.
12. Sugary Foods and Drinks
Excess sugar can have same effects on dogs that it has on humans. Sugary foods can make your dog overweight and cause problems with her teeth. It can even lead to diabetes.
13. Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. And just a small amount can make a dog sick. Vomiting over and over is an early sign.
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