This is an update on our earlier article entitled Toxic and Dangerous! 15 Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat. Some dog owners feed their dogs people food (food that human beings eat) without knowing that they are killing their dogs gradually. Sometimes you think you’re being good to your dog by sharing your meals or other foods with it. From time to time the dog develops strange illness or behaviour and you wonder what is wrong. Well, there are several people foods that are very toxic and dangerous for dogs which you shouldn’t give them. Read this article to see a comprehensive list of 27 foods you should never offer your dog.
Most people are chocolate lovers and they may want their dogs to enjoy same. But you need to note that you are gradually killing the dog by doing that. Chocolates contain theobromine that is potentially hazardous to dogs. Unlike humans, dogs are not able to metabolize theobromine and this leads to buildup of toxic substance in their bodies. Your dog could display such symptoms as vomiting, diarrhea, insatiable taste, and disrupted heart rhythm. The effect could be fatal in some cases. When it comes to chocolate, just let the dog be. Keep it to yourself.
2. Onions and Garlic
Keep onions and garlic — powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated — away from your dog. They can kill his red blood cells, causing anemia. That’s even the onion powder in some baby food. A rare small dose is probably OK. But eating a lot just once can cause poisoning. Look for signs like weakness, vomiting, and breathing problems.
Is a treat from the table OK for your dog? That depends on what it is. Avocados, for example, have something called persin. It’s fine for people who aren’t allergic to it. But too much might vomiting or diarrhea in dogs. 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. Also, the avocado seed can become stuck in the intestines or stomach, and obstruction could be fatal.
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4. Grapes and Raisins
There are better treats to give your dog. 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. Within a day, your dog will get sluggish and depressed.
5. Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums
The problem with these fruits is the seeds or pits. Seeds from persimmons can cause problems in a dog’s small intestine. They can also block his intestines. That can also happen if a dog eats the pit from a peach or plum. Peach and plum pits also have cyanide, which is poisonous to people and dogs. People know not to eat them. Dogs don’t.
6. Cooked Bones
You would never have believed that any form of bones was bad for dogs. Surprise! Surprise! Cooked bones are harmful to your dog. We grew up knowing dogs as bone-lovers but we never bothered to ask which type of bones?
Cooked bones are not good for dogs because the cooking process strips away most of the moisture, making it extremely brittle. The splinters could break off easily and damage the teeth of your dog. You may not even notice that the dog is secretly suffering pains due to teeth problem caused by splinters from cooked bone. Furthermore, the splinters could lodge in their throats and cause worse troubles. The splinters could even puncture your dog’s digestive tract or intestine. A safer and healthier option is to give the dog raw bones or bone-shaped treats.
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