Like us, humans, dogs, too, need a great nutritional meal plan to keep healthy, well-engaged, and active. But unlike us humans, their diets have more restrictions. While we people can go to as many kinds of buffets as we wish, our four-pawed babies can’t share the thrill.
Here are the kinds of food your dogs should avoid
Of all the foods on this list, chocolate has got to be the most popular treat we all know dogs shouldn’t take. To humans, theobromine, the bitter cacao plant alkaloid, isn’t dangerous. To dogs, however, it can be incredibly harmful.
It’s found in all chocolate types, especially in dark chocolate. It can cause dogs to have diarrhea, vomit a lot, and form a heart abnormality. From occasional seizures to potential death, chocolates can be deadly for our barking babies. Save these desserts for yourself.
Onions and Garlic
Another kind of food that’s toxic to our dogs is onions. Chives, shallots, scallions, basically anything that belongs to this category should be kept away from the canine family. At its core, onions contain compounds that cause severe damage to a dog’s red blood cells. That, on top of anemia and gastroenteritis. Interestingly, if your dog chews on anything garlic-y, side effects don’t take effect until a few days when their ingestion cycle completes. Signs of garlic or onion poisoning can include weakness, lethargy, and reddish-colored urine.
Chocolate isn’t the only sweets our fur babies should avoid. It’s a renowned fact that sugary foods aren’t healthy for us, people. This time, it’s equally valid with our dogs. As a matter of fact, the more we expose our furry friends to sugary goods, the more likely they’ll suffer from dental problems, diabetes, and obesity, too—like us!
Anything with dairy
At some point, you may have allowed your dog to munch on a cheeseburger or two. But did you know that cow milk products don’t sit well with dogs? Because they don’t have the enzymes to dissolve milk sugar, most dogs are considered lactose intolerant. Furthermore, dairy can make dogs vomit, develop gastrointestinal inconveniences, and experience frequent diarrhea. Like how they would react with bacon and other fatty meats, dairy can also lead our dogs to pancreatitis. All that said, let your ice cream remain yours!
You may have been told that pretzels and popcorn aren’t advisable for dogs, but that’s only true if these foods are salty. Sodium-ion poisoning is what dogs are most likely to get if their diet involves a substantial amount of salty food. Aside from that, they could also suffer from excessive urination and thirst, seizures, high body temperature, and constant vomiting, among others. Salty food can spell the difference between a dog’s healthy life and early, untimely death.
If you’re not vegan, then there’s a high chance you love bacon. And although that love is generally acceptable for us humans, our dogs should be kept away from fatty foods at all costs. Meat trimmings, bacon, pork chop fats, and other similar fatty meat portions aren’t advisable for our dogs as these could expose them to pancreatitis. What’s more, these meats are also very salty, and as previously explained, anything with too much salt can be toxic to our furry companions. Cut leaner meat portions for your dog and be very careful not to feed them too much of pork.
Overall, a dog’s diet isn’t as complicated as ours. When you diligently do your research and regularly consult your vet for dog advice and health concerns, you and your four-legged best friend should be fine.