Dangerous Foods For Dogs

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It can be so tempting to share your food with your dogs; especially with those "puppy dog's eyes" that will just melt your heart and leave you with no choice but to share your meal with them. I have two dogs, a Siberian Husky and a Beagle and they will do everything just to have a bite with my food. However, there are some foods that we need to avoid giving them. Here's the list in no particular order:

1. Sugar
Too much sugar consumption in dogs can lead to obesity, dental problems and possibly diabetes.

2. Fat Trimmings and Bones*
Fat trimmed from cooked and uncooked meat can cause pancreatitis and bones can promote choking in dogs. (Other people say that you can give uncooked bones to your dogs but WITH SUPERVISION)

3. Alcohol
Alcohol has the same effect on dogs as it has on humans, but it takes a lot less alcohol to produce those effects since dogs are so much smaller. Alcohol can be fatal if the dog consumes too much.

4. Onions, Garlic and Chives
All forms of onions, garlic and chives have the potential to cause gastrointestinal irritation and possibly destroy a dog's red blood cells, leading to anemia.

5. Avocado
The leaves, seeds, bark and fruit of avocados contain persin, which can be toxic to dogs in large amounts.

6. Macadamia Nuts
Ingestion of macadamia nuts can be fatal to dogs, and it only takes a handful of raw or roasted nuts to make a dog ill. Symptoms include weakness, depressions, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia.

7. Yeast Dough
Consumed yeast dough would swell inside the dog's stomach, stretching the dog's abdomen and causing severe pain. Additionally, when the yeast ferments the dough to make it rise, it produces toxic alcohol.

8. Coffee, Tea and Other Caffeine
Ingestion of coffee, tea and other caffeine, including the beans and grounds, can be fatal to dogs, and there's no antidote. Don't forget caffeine is found in cocoa, chocolate, cola and stimulant drinks, as well as some cold meds and painkillers.

9. Persimmons, Peaches and Plums
Seeds from persimmons can cause inflammation or obstructions of the small intestine. Peach and plum pits can cause obstruction, and they also contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both humans and dogs.

10. Chocolate
The toxic agent is theobromine, and it's in all chocolate. It often causes vomiting and diarrhea and could lead to abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and death.

11. Raw Eggs, Meat and Fish*
Raw eggs, meat and fish could cause food poisoning from bacteria like Salmonella or E.Coli. An enzyme in raw eggs also interferes with the absorption of a particular B vitamin, which can cause skin and coat problems. (Unless part of a raw diet with CORRECT HANDLING AND PREPARATION PROCEDURES. I know that some people feed their dogs with raw eggs, meat and fish, let's just be cautious from the bacterias like Salmonella)

12. Milk and Other Dairy Products
Since dogs don't have significant amounts of lactase (like humans do, if they're not lactose intolerant), milk and other dairy products can cause diarrhea and digestive upset, and can cause food allergies.

13. Grapes, Nuts and Raisins
Though experts have so far been unable to pinpoint the exact toxin, grapes / raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.

14. Xylitol
Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol, which can cause an increase in the insulin circulating through your dog's body, which can cause your dog's blood sugar to drop and possibly result in liver failure.

I hope this list helped you in some ways. Share your thoughts, comment below. Happy feeding! 

You can also check:
10 Wishes For My Dogs
Rewards of Owning and Loving a Dog

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