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7 Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

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All pet parents know the puppy face that our dogs make when they want a bite from the ice-cream we’re gorging on or the cookies, the fries, the pizza. It’s a major guilt trip and more often than not we end up feeding them from our plate. How can a little bite hurt, right? Wrong. Most of “our” food is bad for dogs. It not only affects their weight but can contribute to creating dangerous situations leading to a trip to the vet. You’d be surprised to know how common foods can prove hazardous for canines. Here’s a list of foods you should never feed your dog.

Dairy

Share that milk shake with your dog often? You might want to check with your vet. Digesting milk and other dairy products is very normal for some dogs, yet some can experience discomfort. Dogs who cannot handle lactose (a nutrient found in milk) can show symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting or acidity whenever they have milk and similar foods. Milk products can set off food allergies in some dogs. It’s a matter of whether your dog is lactose intolerant or not.

Alcohol

Alcohol isn’t good for animals. It damages their liver and brain. It will take a much lesser amount than what it might take to make a person sick, a few drops perhaps, to impair a dog. The effect of alcohol is even worse on small dogs. Ingesting even a little bit can cause diarrhea, vomiting, trouble in coordination, breathing problems and central nervous system depression.

Healthy Snacks for Dogs

Healthy Snacks for Dogs

Chocolate

With the holidays just around the corner, we’ve all got boxes of chocolates, chocolate cookies, chocolate brownies, and chocolate cakes around the house. And, the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is. Harmful compounds in chocolate that belong to a group of chemicals called methylxanthines can be very dangerous for dogs. Depending on the amount of chemicals present in the chocolate ingested, dogs can show symptoms like high body temperatures, seizures, muscle tremors, vomiting, excessive thirst, irregular heart rhythm and severe abdominal pain. If your dog is constantly restless, take him to the vet immediately. Chocolate can be fatal in some cases.

Bones

What dog doesn’t love bones? And you always make sure to carry that doggy bag back from the restaurant for sweet little Fido. It seems very natural to feed bones to a dog, but did you know they can easily choke on a bone? Especially poultry bones that can easily splinter and create obstructions in their food tube and/or digestive system. Some bones could be too big to pass through the stomach to the intestines. Bones can sometimes chip the teeth off or cause mouth/tongue injuries.

To be sure what goes in your dog’s food isn’t hazardous, try making some dog treats at home.

Raw Meat & Fish

Raw meat and fish contain powerful bacteria that can lead to food poisoning in some dogs. Most vets don’t recommend raw meat for a dog’s diet. Some kinds of fish like salmon, shad, trout or sturgeon usually contain a harmful parasite that can make your dog very sick.  A good way is to cook (grill, bake) the fish/meat thoroughly before feeding it to your dog. If you want to feed raw meat, make sure your dog’s totally healthy and is dewormed regularly. To be safe, keep the raw meat in the freezer for about 2 days. Extremely low temperature can kill parasites & slow bacterial growth.

Garlic & Onions

It is not usual for dogs to eat raw garlic or onions but if they do ingest these (powdered, raw, dehydrated, cooked-any form), onions and garlic can severely damage a dog’s red blood cells causing anemia. Usually, till about 3-5 days after a dog eats them, their weakness doesn’t become visible. An affected dog might get tired easily, hesitate to move and/or have visibly orange/red colored urine. These are the main symptoms of a dog that needs immediate medical attention in such cases.

Salt

Its best if you don’t give in to the shameful begging that our pooch pals use to get us to surrender while we’re having food. Salt can cause increased thirst and urination in dogs. Salt poisoning in dogs can lead to loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney injuries, seizure, coma and even fatal in case of too much intake. Of course, a bite once in a while won’t hurt. But essentially what you can give your dog without guilt is unsalted and unbuttered popcorn or pretzels. Watch him chew away!

Select some healthy foods that you can incorporate in your dog’s daily diet.

Grapes & Raisins

Feeding grapes and raisins to dogs is not advisable. These foods have been known to cause kidney failures in dogs. Even a small amount can result in vomiting and make a dog sick. There could be lethargy and depression too. To save a trip to the vet, keep grapes and raisins out of reach of dogs.

Artificial Sweetener (Xylitol)

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that’s commonly used in sugar-free gums, desserts, toothpastes, candies, multi-vitamins, fish oils, etc. Ingesting any of these products can result in acute liver problems. Symptoms of Xylitol poisoning in dogs are weakness, vomiting, seizures, jaundice, uncoordinated movements, dark-colored stool and/or coma. Refrain from using human toothpaste for pets, always use pet toothpaste.

Pet Toothpaste

Pet Toothpaste

Regular Medicine

Just like there is a reason we have different doctors for people and animals, there are different medicines for pets too. Unless prescribed by the vet, don’t give them your medicine. Intake of our medicines is one of the most common causes of poisoning in dogs because we assume that if it’s safe for us it’s safe for pets. Common medicines often contain substances like acetaminophen or ibuprofen that can be hazardous to dogs. Unless told by a vet, never give your pet your own medicine.

Hearing mixed suggestions from your pet owner friends that your dog “can eat this” or “don’t let him even get close to this” or “why are you feeding him this” can be confusing. Read Think You Know What’s in Your Dog’s Food? Hint: You Don’t to know what’s actually in your dog’s food. Make a go-to list of foods that you should absolutely keep away from dog and help him maintain great health. Shop from a huge variety of healthy snack options for your dog. Read the LuckyPetStore Blog for more on pet issues and life-saving information.