As a dog owner, you probably know that there are some foods that you want to keep away from your pet. Some common foods that we know are bad for dogs include chewing gum, grapes or raisins, and chocolate. However, there are some other foods that you may be surprised to know are not good for your four-legged friend. It’s not uncommon for pet owners to want to share their food with their dog. However, the last thing you want to do is give your beloved pet something that is going to make him/her sick. Here are a few foods that you want to avoid giving your dog:
Many people are surprised to learn that giving dogs bones is often a bad idea. While bones can be a nice treat for dogs on occasion, you have to be careful what type of bones you give your pet. Cooked bones, for example, can be extremely hazardous to your pet’s health. Cooked bones are much softer than raw bones and can break and splintered easily. When your dog ingests sharp shards of bone, they can cause internal damage which can life-threatening. If you are going to give your pet bones, make sure that they are always raw. In addition, you never want to give your pet small bones such as chicken bones, as these can also splinter and be a choking hazard. In any case, bones should always be given to dogs under supervision. For safety reason, you should never leave your pet alone with a bone.
For humans, avocados have many health benefits. Not only are they delicious, but they are also a good source of vitamins and healthy fats. Some dog foods have also started to incorporate avocados as one of the ingredients in their recipes. So why do avocados make the list? The major concern with your dog getting ahold of an avocado is in the pit. The pit of an avocado contains a substance called persin which can be very hazardous to the health of dogs and other animals. For that reason, you should never allow your pet to play with the pit of an avocado.
Generally, you want to avoid giving your pet table scraps. It may be tempting to share your dinner with your dog, especially when they look up at you with their adorable big eyes. However, the ingredients in our food aren’t always good for our dogs. For example, foods with onions should never be given to dogs or cats. Onions contain thiosulphate, a substance that is toxic to some animals, including dogs. If interested, onions can lead to shortness of breath, diarrhea or vomiting in your dog among other symptoms.
Garlic is another ingredient that should be avoided by dogs. This also includes other foods in the same family including onions, shallots, and chives. Onions have been known to cause anemia in dogs, which can lead to severe inflammation in their stomach or intestines. This can be incredibly painful for your pet. Just like with humans, the toxicity of an ingredient depends on the quantity that’s ingested. If your pet accidentally eats a small amount of garlic, they will probably be okay, you’ll simply want to keep an eye on them for a couple of days.
If you suspect that your pet has ingested something that they should not have, or if they are exhibiting symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, or decrease interest in food, it’s best that you bring them in to be examined by a veterinarian immediately. It’s important that cases of food poisoning in pets be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible.