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Bad Food for Dogs

Dog lovers tend to be very kind people. They share their hearts and homes and even beds with their canine pals. And of course food.  Many of the foods, however, such as fruits and vegetables, that humans digest fine can be harmful to a dog’s body, causing severe health problems.

Before giving your dog foods that you crave, read on, and learn which foods are safe and which can send your dog straight to the vet.

While our blog’s mascot is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, this applies to any breed.

Common Foods We Give Our Dogs

Many owners decide to feed their dogs with home-made food instead of commercially available dehydrates and semi-wet to wet dog food. This is absolutely fine as long as the people know the nutritional requirements for the dog in means of protein, fat, and carbohydrate percentage. Moreover, a home-made meal must not contain products that are potentially toxic and harmful to the dog’s health. This also goes for giving table-scraps, which again, isn’t such a bad thing as long as you keep the threats away from their digestive system.

It’s frustrating to even start researching and find the most suitable type of food.  Go to a reputable store or website, read reviews, and do your research!

HEALTHY

Some human foods are safe for canines to digest.

So, giving them a few bites of the following, after dinner time, won’t be harmful at all.

Apples

They are an excellent source of Vitamin A and C

Rice

Dogs who suffer from digestive problems can benefit from eating unflavored white rice that’s cooked.

Carrots

Carrots mashed up and mixed in with dry pellets are a healthy source of vitamin A. It also improves your dog’s coat and immune system.

Dairy

Canines have low lactase levels, which means that they can’t digest too many milky foods. Dairy products like cheese, plain yogurt, and milk are safe in small quantities.

Fish

Even though your dog might not enjoy fishy foods as much as your cat, tuna, and salmon are great sources of protein.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter without any added preservatives and sugars are excellent sources of vitamins and healthy fats.

Please note that all of these healthy alternative foods should be given in moderation. Other healthy human foods are chicken, plain popcorn, blueberries, potatoes, green beans, and bananas.

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High-Risk Foods

There are mild-risk, high-risk, and just plain bad foods for dogs. Mils risk food has the potential to harm the dog except when it’s given in small quantities or specially prepared. However, if you don’t see any necessity to feed your dog the following types of food just don’t do it. Dogs are tolerant of most fruits and vegetables, but you have to careful and take out the hard pits and seeds because they represent a choking hazard.

UNHEALTHY

On the flip side, there are a few toxic foods and beverages that you should never let your pup consume.

Avoid giving them any of the following:

Fruits

Citric fruits like oranges, mandarins, grapefruits, and lemons contain irritating substances that cause stomach and intestinal wall defects leading to gastric ulcers, inflammation, and vomiting. Grapes and raisins are especially toxic due to their kidney toxicity. Even small amounts of these types of food can cause kidney failure with lethal outcomes. Pomegranate is another fruit with a toxic effect that should never be given.

Vegetables

Mild-risk vegetables include ginger, tomatoes, spinach, and eggplants. The riskiest types of vegetables for dogs are onions, garlic, and leek. What exactly happens after a dog ingests them is that the red blood cells start rupturing and hemolytic causing severe cases of anemia. That’s the main problem with giving table scraps because cooked human food almost always contains onions and garlic. Hot peppers should be avoided due to the irritant effects on the stomach and the intestines.

Bones and Fatty Meat

We believe many owners feed their dogs raw or cooked bones. Bones help clean up the dog’s teeth but what about the risks they carry? Broken teeth, intestinal obstructions, intestinal perforation, and inflammations are risks associated with bone ingestion so they should never be given to dogs. The same goes for processed meat products filed with artificial colors, spices, and salt that besides the irritable effect for the stomach can damage the dog’s kidneys as well.  Also avoid bacon, fatty meat, and salty foods.  As these can also be bad for humans, they are not good for dogs.

Chocolate, Alcohol, and Coffee

It’s not very likely for someone to give alcohol to their dogs, but be careful when you leave alcohol on the table as some dogs may actually reach for it. Chocolate and coffee contain large amounts of theobromine and caffeine and should be kept away from all dogs! These substances have a very potent stimulating effect on the animal’s CNS (central nervous system) resulting in panting, increased heart rate, high body temperature, and seizures.

Chewing Gum, Soda, Cat Food, Caramel

Also, make sure you put out of reach chewing gums, sodas, cat food, and caramel products. In case your dog accidentally swallows any of the mentioned products, make sure you take him to the vet even when there are no obvious symptoms of poisoning or digestive troubles.

Alcohol

This is a toxic substance that can cause a lack of co-ordination and bad breath. If your pup overindulges in alcohol, he can suffer from alcohol poisoning and even death.

Cooked Bones

Dogs are known for chomping down on hard bones. Giving them uncooked bones to chew on during the day is a great source of nutrition as well as ensuring excellent dental hygiene.

When you cook bones before you give it to your four-legged friend, it becomes soft. This will cause the bones to break down and splinter causing damage to the internal organs.

Chocolate

Even though we’d love to enjoy an entire box of chocolates with our furry friends on a Friday night, it’s definitely not a good idea. Chocolates and candies are filled with Xylitol, sugars, and caffeine. Substances that cause restlessness, heightened heart rate, and obesity.

There are a few chocolate-flavored doggy treats available on the market, which are specifically made to taste like chocolate without all the toxic ingredients.

Salty Snacks

Too much salt can cause sodium ion poisoning. Digesting high amounts of salt isn’t good for a canine’s or human’s health.

Expired Food

Yes, your pooch might dive down in a tub of expired food, but that doesn’t mean that it’s good for them. Bad food contains bacteria that are filled with toxins that will damage their digestive system.

Nicotine

In the same way that second-hand smoke is dangerous to humans, they are extra toxic to dogs. Most tobacco products contain high levels of nicotine that can cause increased heart rate, fatigue, and uncontrollable shaking.

Other toxic foods include raw meats and eggs (because of Salmonella), avocados, cinnamon, ice cream, nuts, bread dough, and raisins.

To ensure your pet lives a happy and healthy life, you should always be aware of what they are eating.

Originally posted 2020-10-14 19:08:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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