Date Published: November 30, 2017, Updated: February 23, 2019 at 4:01 pm, Author: Alice
A dog’s diet is frequently a blind spot for many pet owners. Sometimes pet owners can get careless with what they feed their dogs, but there are also times when the pet will eat things without their owner’s knowledge.
Bad food will lead to illnesses, injury, and sometimes even death, so it helps if pet owners have an idea on which food should be avoided in the first place.
Most dogs appreciate sweets, and will most likely love chocolate. But chocolates are one of the most dangerous things to feed your canine. All kinds of chocolate, especially dark and baking chocolate, contain theobromine. This is not harmful to humans, but can be toxic to dogs. Theobromine is known to cause diarrhea, vomiting, and extreme thirst among dogs. In extreme cases, theobromine can even affect a dog’s heart rhythms and induce seizures and cardiac arrest.
This is the reason why you are not supposed to feed popcorn and pretzel to canines. Most of them are salted, which is dangerous for dogs as it could lead to sodium ion poisoning. The symptoms of these include diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and seizures. Salt can be fatal to dogs, so be careful what you feed your dogs and make sure it’s not salted.
You may have been given an advice to feed a dog medicine by slipping the pill inside a piece of cheese, but be careful because canines lack the enzyme needed to break down lactase – which is the milk sugar found in dairy products. If you ever have a friend who is lactose intolerant, or you are one yourself, then you have an idea of which dairy products to avoid giving your dog – and what the effects will be if you accidentally give him one.
This may come as a surprise to many pet owners, as their dogs may have eaten raisins or grapes at one time or another without any incident, in which case it is just luck. Grapes and raisins can be risky for dogs as it could result in renal failure and kidney problems. And once your dog develops kidney problems, it can lead to a slow, agonizing death. Unnecessary and completely avoidable, considering that raisins and grapes aren’t really associated with dog food.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, because sugar is bad for humans as well. Dogs are prone to the same health problems that humans get when they eat too much sugar on a consistent basis – mainly obesity, diabetes, and dental problems. Don’t think that candies can substitute for treats. In fact, it is better to replace treats with thin pizzle sticks, especially if you have puppies or still new to pet rearing.
Avocados are doubly dangerous for dogs because the pits can be choking hazards by themselves, but the actual avocados are also a health risk due to the presence of persin in the seeds, leaves, bark, and fruit. Persin is fine with humans, but can be toxic to dogs when ingested in ample amounts. Make sure to keep your dog away from your guacamole.