Foods You Should NEVER Feed Your Dogs

Foods You Should NEVER Feed Your Dogs

Because of the unique metabolism of dogs, there are several foods fit for human consumption and other animal species but can be hazardous for dogs. Some of the dangerous foods can only cause upsets of the digestive system mildly while other foods can be the reason for severe sickness and sometimes death. The foods listed below should never be given to dogs whether deliberately or by accident:

Alcoholic drinks can cause intoxication for dogs, the same effect they have on humans. The most adverse effects are coma and even death.

Coffee, tea and chocolate can be toxic to dogs and may affect the nervous system especially the heart because of their theophylline, theobromine and caffeine content.

Garbage, spoiled or moldy foods may cause diarrhea and vomiting due to the multiple toxins. It can also have ill effects on the other organs.

Garlic and onions (whether in powder, cooked or raw forms) can cause anemia and damage the red blood cells because of the sulfoxides and disulfides contents. Onions are more toxic than garlic.

Artificial sweeteners like Xylitolmay result to failure of the liver functions.

Bones from poultry, fish or other sources of meat may cause laceration or obstruction of the digestive system.

Baby food, if given in large quantities may cause nutritional deficiencies. Most baby foods have onion powder which can be harmful to your pet dogs.

Fat trimmings may result to pancreatitis.

Extracts from citrus oil may result to vomiting.

Raisins and grapes can cause damage to the kidneys due to an unknown toxin.

Hops contain an unknown compound that causes elevated temperature, increased heart rate, panting, seizures and even death.

Raw eggs decrease the absorption of a B vitamin called biotin because of the enzyme called avidin. This may result to hair, coat and skin problems. Raw eggs can also have Salmonella.

Raw fish may lead to a deficiency in a B vitamin called thiamine which, in return, may result to loss of appetite, seizures and death in severe cases.

Salt may result to electrolyte imbalance if eaten in large quantities.

Table scraps when given in large amounts are not nutritionally balanced. Table scraps should not be over 10% of a dog’s diet. Meat should be trimmed of fat and bones should not be given.

Large amounts of liver may affect the bones and muscles due to the toxicity of Vitamin A.

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