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Foods Harmful to Dogs – Which foods can harm my dog?
OPH Good Housekeeping & Homemaking
”Which foods are harmful to dogs?”
There is preconception that dogs are walking trash cans which can eat any food that humans eat, however this notion is incorrect. Some foods which are deemed edible to humans and even other animals may harm your pet if fed to it. This is down to the fact that dog’s have a completely metabolism and digestive system to us humans.
In this article I will take a look at the different foods which can harm or poison your dog and which conditions and illness can result from your pet consuming these products.
Alcoholic Drinks - These beverages may harm your dog because they don’t have the enzymes to brake down the alcohol, secondly most dogs are much smaller then humans, which means the alcohol to blood ratio will be higher
If your pet consumes hard liqueur then you should contact your vet for advice. Your dog will start to feel the affects of its boozing 30-60 minutes prior to ingestion, tell tale signs include drowsiness, disorientation, stumbling gait, depressions and irritability. The side effects of alcohol consumption include tremors, heart arrhythmia which may lead to Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and coma.
In order to ensure that your drinks don’t get lapped up by your dog see to it that you don’t leave beverages in easy to reach places unguarded.
Baby Food - This is a food harmful to dogs because it may contain onion powder. Consumption of this can be toxic to your pet and may cause nutritional problems if large amounts are eaten. The reason for their harmful affect is that they contain sulfoxides and disulfides which can cause anemia by damaging your dog’s red blood cells.
Bones (small) – Small bones found in poultry and fish will harm your dog because of there small nature. They can become lodged in the throat of your pet or elsewhere along the digestive system. More important than becoming lodged their sharp consistency may cause lacerations too.
Cat Food – This is another food harmful to dogs, it may seem a little strange because they both look and smell similar, but cat food usually contains a higher level of protein and fat than that of dog’s equivalent. Although consumption by your dog won’t cause as much harm as some of the other toxic foods in this article, it’s probably best to ensure that it isn’t fed to your faithful friend.
Caffeine – Caffeine found in products such as tea, coffee and chocolate is harmful to your pet because it contains theophyline or thebromine which can be toxic and cause palpitation and abnormal heart beats, as well as damaging your dogs central nervous system especially in smaller dogs. So see to it that you don’t leave half full cups of tea out because your dogs will enjoy nothing better than lapping it up given half the chance.
Citrus fruit – Citrus fruit such as oranges, lemons and limes or extracts of these kind of fruits are foods harmful to dogs because they can give your pet a laxative affect at either end of their body meaning you’ll find yourself cleaning up dog vomit or Diarrhea if it manages to indulge itself. I can pay testament to this, when my dog ate half a bowl of fruit. In order to stop your pet from eating fruit place fruit bowls out of reach.
Dairy products – Dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt and butter will harm your dog if consumed because they can’t break it down and digest it very well because of the lack of the enzyme lactase, which may cause bloating and diarrhea in you pet. You can in fact by lactose free milk products for your cat or dogs if you want to give them milk.
Fat trimmings – When you’re cooking meat it isn’t a good idea to trim the fat off it and feed it to your. This is because fat overload can give your dog pancreatitis which can give your dog chronic abdominal pains.
Grapes & raisins – This food is harmful to dogs because it contains an unknown toxin which is extremely harmful to your pet. Consumption of these may cause kidney damage or even failure.
Hops – As with grapes and raisins, hops are a food harmful to dogs because the contain an unknown compound which can cause your per to receive serious complications such as rapid heartbeat, seizures and even death.
Human vitamin supplements – Vitamins supplements - especially those containing iron – are toxic to dogs by damaging their digestive systems, livers and kidneys.
Liver –This food contains large levels of vitamin A so when eaten in large amounts by your dog can pretty much poison it, affecting the bones and muscles.
Marijuana – If you dog inhales the smoke of marijuana or even eats it then this will depress their nervous system, give them an abnormal heartbeat and/or vomiting.
Moldy food – See to it that your dog doesn’t have access to garbage cans because they’ll try and eat their contents which may contain most of the foods on this list. If your pet does manage to gain access and eat the moldy food in your garbage can then it may cause serious bouts of vomiting and diarrhea.
Mushrooms – Mushrooms are a food harmful to dogs because many of them contain toxins which may harm their digestive and/or central nervous system. Consumption can shock and result in death, so ensure that your pet doesn’t have access to any mushrooms.
Onions, garlic, leeks – These foods will harm your dog if ingested by them because – as we saw earlier – they contain the anemia causing toxins sulfoxides and disulfides.
Potato and tomatoes – These contain oxalates, which may harm your dog’s nervous and digestive system when eaten.
Raw eggs – This is a food harmful to dogs because it contains an enzyme called avidin which adversely affects the animal’s absorption of the B vitamin biotin, which may lead to hair and skin problems for it.
Raw fish – If your dog is fed this on a regular basis then you could be in severe danger of damaging the long term health of the animal. This is because it can result in your pet becoming thiamin deficient which can lead to appetite loss, seizures and even death.
Salt – This is food harmful to dogs because if consumed in large doses may give your dog an electrolyte imbalance.
Sugar – Foods containing sugar may cause your dog to become obese which may lead to joint and dental problems and even diabetes.
Tobacco – The nicotine contained within this may cause your dog minor, to severe complications including vomiting, rapid heartbeat, coma and even death.
Yeast – As yeast tends to expand when becoming warm and moist if it is eaten by your dogs then it will undertake this expansion in the animal’s stomach which can lead to severe bloating, severe abdominal pains and even ruptures to their stomach and intestines.
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