6 Foods You Must Avoid Feeding to Dogs
Author: Karthik Kashyap
When it comes to pets, especially dogs and cats, there are certain foods they can digest and some foods that may be potentially poisonous. Most dog owners know what foods they may and may not feed their dogs. However, there may be many people who may have newly become dog owners or may not yet what they can feed their dogs. If you are one of them, here is a list of 6 foods to avoid for dogs, as they may potentially kill your dear pet.
Caffeine in any form is a strict no for your pet dog. Caffeine can be found in coffee, tea, coffee beans, caffeine pills and even chocolate. Caffeine can easily damage your dog’s kidney, heart, lungs and its central nervous system. Typical symptoms include hyperactivity, vomiting and restlessness, followed by increased heart rate, panting, muscle tremors, drunken gait and convulsions.
Chocolate in any form is as dangerous to a dog as caffeine. Darker the chocolate, higher the danger to the dog. The main reason for chocolate being poisonous is its cocoa. Hence, cocoa ingestion in any form can prove fatal to the dog. The chemical theobromide present in cocoa can cause damage to the kidneys, heart, lungs and the central nervous system. It is not only the dark chocolate that causes damage, but also the milk chocolate that can cause damage. Typical symptoms include seizures, tremors, and over-excitement, diarrhea, vomiting, hyperthermia, abnormal heart rhythm and coma.
3) Onions, Garlics and leeks
Some of the foods to avoid for dogs include vegetables such as garlics, leeks, onions and chives. These vegetables can cause Heinz body anemia, a type ofhemolytic anemia where red blood cells are destroyed. This may be followed by kidney damage. Some other symptoms may involve rapid heart rate, pale gums, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and bloody urine.
4) Bread dough
Bread dough or any kind of bakery dough easily makes your dog’s stomach swell. This can cause your dog’s abdomen to stretch, which can cause severe pain. In addition, when the yeast ferments, it produces ethanol which is very toxic for your dog. It may cause damage to the central nervous system as well as the respiratory system. Some symptoms include depression, sedation, weakness, hypothermia and drunken gait.
5) Macadamia Nuts
These nuts may not be fatal, but they do cause illness in your dog. The mechanism of toxicity is yet unknown. A handful of these nuts can cause adverse effects in your pet dog. Some symptoms are weakness, depression, vomiting, muscle/joint pain, joint selling and drunken gait.
6) Currants. Grapes and Raisins
Fruits such as grapes, raisins or black currants are good for humans but not dogs. In dogs, these fruits can cause irreparable damage to the kidneys, possibly causing death. Although the exact toxic dose is not yet established, even 4-5 raisins or grapes can prove poisonous for dogs. If ingested, your dog may show symptoms such as losing appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weakness, drunken gait and decrease urine production (leading to complete lack of urine production).
Some other foods to avoid for dogs include fatty foods, artificial sweeteners, and ice cream, alcohol and dairy products. You can however give your dog vegetables such as carrots, green beans, apples, bananas oranges and watermelons. You can also feed your dog lean meats and the regular dog foods available at the mall. Make sure that you feed your dog only those foods that give them the required nutrition and safe for them.
Dear viewers, Feel free to comment or ask questions about your dear pet.
Karthik Kashyap, from Bangalore, India, is an entrepreneur, a research analyst and a blogger.
Email: kkashyap.aiesec (at) googlemail.com