Dogs: What not to feed them

Noortje By Noortje, 10th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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While the urge to hand your dog leftover food and throw them down a scrap or two from your plate at dinner time is not uncommon , it is important to take note that as well as this increasing chances of obesity and undesirable begging behaviours from your pet, a number of food substances can be toxic to your dog. Here is a short list outlining just some of the risk foods:

The list:

1.Grapes & Raisins:
In recent years these have been found to be toxic to dogs and lead to kidney failure, all though the reasons why are not yet known.

2.Onions and Garlic:
The toxins present in these break down red blood cells in dogs and in turn can lead to anemia. These are ingredients found in a lot of foods including gravy so it is vital to keep them away from your pet.

3.Dairy products:
As with cats, dairy products when given to dogs can cause diarrhea and dehydration so you should always be careful with this.

4.Fatty meats & bones:
It is vital to take care with meat as dogs can easily choke on bits of bone and in addition the bone can splinter inside their digestive tract causing serious harm. The fat and grizzle on meat in large quantities can lead to pancreatitis so if you wish to give your dog leftover meat ensure it is cooked properly, bone free and fat free.

5.Chocolate, Candy and gums:
These are all very harmful to dogs and in large quantities can be lethal. Xylitol, and ingredient found in many sweets can disturb insulin levels in dogs leading to liver failure. Theobromine found in chocolate is poisonous to dogs and this is why chocolate should always be avoided.

Caffeine is like poison to a dog and should at all times be avoided. It is present in coffee, tea, chocolate and a number of soft drinks.

While this one may seem obvious there are still pet owners that slip their dogs a bit of alcohol now and again. Due to their lower body weight and different metabolisms this should be avoided as it doesn't take much to cause alcohol poisoning in dogs.

8.Yeast dough:
When digested by animals yeast dough can expand in their stomach and cause unease and digestive issues. In turn the yeast can produce alcohol in the dog’s stomach leading to a possibility of alcohol poisoning. Bread is ok to give to dogs in very small quantities as a treat.

9. Macadamia Nuts:
As with raisins it is not certain the toxin within which is dangerous to dogs, but only a few is enough to be fatal. Such nuts are found in a whole variety of foods (including the already dangerous chocolate) so take care to read the packaging.

Further Reading: Cats: What not to feed them


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Sep 2013 (#)

This is good for all dog owners to know. Thanks for offering a list of foods to keep away from dogs.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
11th Sep 2013 (#)

Thank you for the information. It is always good to know what not to give to your pets. Great way to keep us informed.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
12th Sep 2013 (#)

Very informative piece and thanks for sharing it

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