10 Foods Your Dog Eat: Which Can Be Dangerous for Your Dog and Why
Ever wonder why your dog has been shedding hair, puking outside the house, or coming down with diarrhea lately? Well if you are, there's only one person to blame for that, and that'd be you. What you feed your dog plays the biggest part in its overall health, so stop placing whatever leftovers you have in the plates of your pets. As responsible pet owners, it's vital that you get acquainted with what ingredients can cause ailments to develop, and eventually cause death through excess amounts. And so to kick things off, here's a list of the top 10 most dangerous food for dogs and why:
Chocolate is often considered as the deadliest human food for dogs. Chocolate contains theobromine; therefore, feeding them small amounts of this will lead to digestive problems. But giving it larger amounts will lead to more severe symptoms, and possibly even death.
Grapes and raisins
Garlic and onions
Mushrooms affect several areas in the pooch's body, gradually leading to shock.
Macadamia nuts have been proven to have negative impacts on both the digestive and nervous systems in dogs.
Too much vitamin A is also harmful; you'll be having that problem when giving it bountiful amounts of liver daily. The reason why vitamin A can be bad for the hairy mongrel is it affects muscles and bones, in a bad way.
Vitamins designed for humans
Giving them vitamins designed for humans, has also been known to have unwanted effects on your dog. Now I don't know why you'd give him something like that, but you better stop anyway, as some vitamins contain too much iron, which can damage its kidneys, liver plus digestive system wall lining.
Candies and gum
These, along with products such as toothpaste, diet foods, and baked goods are often sweetened with a sugar substitute known as xylitol. Xylitol increases the insulin flow throughout your canine's body, which in turn causes a sudden drop in their blood sugar levels. This leads to things such as liver failure, vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination. Your pet may even experience temporary seizures.
Dairy is an absolute no for both cats and dogs alike. Sure that ice cream is delicious, but it's not worth sharing. Consuming dairy products such as milk, whipped cream, ice cream, and yogurt causes digestive problems, most notably diarrhea. Dairy has also been known to cause food-based allergies that are often seen as itchiness.
Leftover table scraps
The problem with feeding your best friend food made for people is they tend to contain too much sugar, salt, and fat; all of which leads to a variety of diseases, such as diabetes, indigestion and liver malfunction.
If you love your pooch, don't be cheap: owning a dog is a responsibility. Make sure you feed your pooch chow that's classified under BARF, or Biologically Accepted Raw Food, as these are so much better for its overall well-being. Often we don't think before feeding our dog food from our plates, but hopefully, this has helped to open your eyes. If you are going to feed human foods to your dog, please research properly beforehand to ensure they are safe to consume. Also, no matter how careful you are, there is always a chance your dog will swallow something it shouldn't have, if you believe this is the case, please contact your local vet or emergency clinic.
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