Watch Out! Foods You Should Never Give to Your Dog
Pet experts and veterinarians will always tell you to feed your dog high-quality nutritious dog food whether wet or in dry kibble forms. It is not that they do not want your dog to experience some form of the usual human table food. What they would like to avoid is the problems associated with some of man’s best-loved delicacies which, unfortunately, are harmful to a dog. In severe cases, it can lead to your dog’s untimely demise.
The following are just some of the more common foods well loved by humans but are particularly dangerous when eaten by dogs.
Everyone loves chocolates. Science has even shown that the dark, bitter-sweet, rich delicacy can be good for the health. However, when given to your dog, the methylxanthines – caffeine and theobromine – present in these lusciously dark delicacies can produce a wide range of manifestations that is greatly dependent on the amount of methylxanthines present in the type of chocolate ingested. The rule of thumb is the darker the chocolate, the more severe the toxicity. So, from mild to severe, dogs can show vomiting, thirst, abdominal distress, restlessness, severe agitation, tremors in the muscles, abnormal rhythm of the heart, fever, seizure, and death.
Onions and Garlic
These staple ingredients in world cuisines are dangerous for dogs because they contain substances that destroy red blood cells. This can lead to anemia which will account for the general lack of energy or easy fatigability seen in dogs. Garlic is often regarded as more toxic than onions on a per weight basis.
While it may be a good idea to have a fun drinking session with your dog, it is never recommended because dogs are very sensitive to ethanol. They get easily intoxicated and can produce loss of coordination, vomiting, and disorientation as well as stupor. In severe intoxication, death may occur following uncontrolled seizures and unchecked coma.
Coffee and Tea
A good cup of piping hot coffee is always good in the morning, but never good for your dog anytime. Caffeine, just like the one present in chocolates, is known to produce the same symptoms as in chocolate toxicity – rapid breathing, restlessness, heart palpitations, fits, muscle tremors, and, if taken in sufficiently large quantities, death.
Although the exact culprit is not clearly established, macadamia nuts have been observed to produce a variety of symptoms in dogs that may warrant a visit to the veterinarian but are never fatal. Toxicity to macadamia nuts can come in the form of low-grade fever, some muscle tremors, and weakness to their hind legs. These usually subside after 48 hours. But for more severe manifestations, a visit to the clinic may often help you find a solution.
Candies and Gums
Candies and gums, as well as other products that contain an artificial sweetener known as xylitol, are best avoided in dogs. If this is good for diabetics, it is definitely bad news for dogs because it can drastically lower its blood sugar levels to the point that disorientation and seizures can rapidly develop within half an hour. Furthermore, ingestion of large quantities of xylitol can lead to liver failure and, if left unchecked, death.
You may think that giving your dog some of the food that you are eating simply because they are delicious does not necessarily mean that they are good for your dog.