When it comes to dogs, it is not only about giving them a proper walk or creating a homey environment for them, it is also about giving them the right food. Dogs have an inherent nature of sniffing and devouring almost anything they lay their eyes on, even the things that are not good for their diet.
As their owner, the responsibility falls on your shoulders to keep your dog away from those foods that don’t suit their diet and could make them really sick.Veterinarians have created a chart that strictly denotes the food items that can be life-threatening for dogs.
For your convenience, we have created a list to educate you about those forbidden foods. Let’s have a look.
Chocolates: As tempting as this item may sound to us, it is almost equivalent to poison for our dogs. Chocolate contains a particular substance known as methylxanthines. If a sufficient amount is eaten by a dog it can cause severe vomiting, panting, diarrhea, arrhythmia, even seizures. Chocolate has proven to be life-threatening for dogs and should be kept away from your pup at all times. Dark chocolates are more dangerous and can have even worse effects on dogs than milk chocolates as they have a higher percentage of methylxanthines. So no matter what you do, keep your dog away from chocolates.
Grapes and raisins: Be careful when you leave a bowl of granola with raisins or a fruit platter with grapes idle on the table if you have a dog in your home. Raisins and grapes are extremely dangerous for your beloved dog and can cause their kidneys to fail and shut down permanently. It doesn’t matter what breed of dog you have or what gender, these fruits are very toxic to their bodies as their kidney are unable to filter them from their bloodstream causing failure. So no matter what you do, don’t leave these fruits on display at your home or in places where your dog can come in contact with them.
Onions: Onions usually have a particular substance in them that dogs cannot process. That substance is called thiosulphate, which is toxic to the dogs. Once this substance enters the dog’s bloodstream it can cause gastrointestinal problems and can even permanently damage their blood cells. It doesn’t matter if it is a cooked onion or raw, or even in a powdered form, it can all be deadly to your pup. Hence try to keep your dog away from any foods that contains onions in them.
Macadamia nuts: Macadamia nuts are the members of the Proteaceae family. Generally, the items that are part of this food group are not friendly to a dog’s digestive system. If your dog ingests these nuts it can cause his body temperature to rise and cause severe vomiting, hyperthermia, and even pancreatitis. Dry fruits and nuts are items that are sometimes within reach around the house, so place them in the pantry far away from the reach of the dogs.
Avocados: Avocados contain a kind of substance called Persin. We humans are very immune to this substance but it is not the same for dogs. Dogs are intolerant to Persin and it reacts as a toxin in their bloodstream and can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting.
Dogs have a much more sensitive digestive system than us humans and process foods differently. Hence they have difficulty in processing these particular foods.
As an owner it is your duty to keep your dogs safe and healthy then keep them away from these foods at all times.
Author Bio: Jeremy grew up in a house full of dogs, a cat, and even rabbits. He recently decided to share his advice and opinions on his very own pet blog, BestDogFood.com.