Do you know of people who have this strange notion that food that’s good for them, as a dog owner, is also automatically good for their dog?. While your dog may be your best friend and indeed, you may treat your dog like a member of your family, keep in mind that to keep your dog happy, healthy and strong you need to remember that some of the most poisonous dog foods are the scraps you feed your dog. As loving dog owners, we need to be very wary of the types and kinds of food we give our dogs to avoid feeding them poisonous dog foods at the dinner table.
You may not know this but many everyday “table foods” are indeed known to be poisonous dog foods — So the question is…are you poisoning your dog with the table foods?
The list of everyday table foods that are poisonous dog foods is quite extensive – the best way to avoid inadvertently poisoning your beloved baby is to avoid feeding table foods altogether. While this may sound a bit extreme, it’s probably the least you can do to avoid poisoning your dog, slowly but surely. Let’s have a quick look at some of the common table foods considered to be poisonous dog foods that you need to be aware of.
Chocolate, always irresistible, readily available, and the ‘comfort food’ of choice of many, many people. I do love chocolate and cocoa but would never give it to Bella or Chloe my two dogs. Why? Well theobromine that’s found in chocolate is a cardiac stimulant and diuretic. When consumed in large quantities, your dog will become hyperactive, and also pass large volumes of urine. After this, vomiting usually follows. It’s closely followed by your dog’s heart rate escalating and even death is a possibility if the dog is taken out for exercise. Cooking chocolate as well as cocoa are poisonous foods for your dog, so avoid them. Milk chocolate, on the other hand, has been found to contain lesser amounts of theobromine…but still avoid it. The truth is, if you allow your dog to merely lick the leftover icing on a cocoa cake, its potentially poisonous food right in front of your beloved dog. Obviously, there are other factors involved such as the age of your dog, its size and also its energy level. These will all come together to dictate how long your dog will survive or how badly it will be affected.
I do love Macademia nuts but guess what? Macademia nuts are among the poisonous dog foods you should avoid giving your dog if you want to keep them happy, healthy and strong. Macademia nuts may cause muscle tremors, weakness and in the end, paralysis.
Garlic and Onions are two other poisonous avoderm dog foods you should avoid giving your dog if you don’t want to inadvertently poison it are onions and garlic. Onions in particular are especially toxic-even some of us human beings find them hard to deal with. Onions are poisonous foods for dogs because they cause hemolytic anaemia. When this happens, the red blood cells burst as they go round and through the body. Consuming onions can cause your dog to have diarrhea and also vomit. Passing dark colored urine, weakness, confusion, dizziness and accelerated heart rate are other symptoms of onion poisoning as well. Do you like Pizza? If you do and you have a dog, you need to be very careful because left over pizza, most commercial baby foods that contain onions, and Chinese food are all poisonous foods for dogs.
Do you like Mushrooms? I don’t particularly like mushrooms but the rest of the family loves them. Mushrooms by the way, are also included in the list of poisonous dog foods. They have been known to lead to abdominal pain directly caused by liver or kidney damage. Vomiting and diarrhea usually follow and there could be convulsion, coma and possibly death. All of these are possible if you let your dog eat mushrooms.
These are just some of the some of the poisonous dog foods and the extended list contains things like seeds of fruits like apples, cherries and peaches, raisins and grapes. Feeding scraps to dogs at your dinnertime should be avoided at all costs because a large variety of what we can safely eat as humans are poisonous dog foods.
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