What NOT to feed your dog

Sharing dinner scraps with our dogs can be a lot less rewarding than you think.

With Halloween around the corner, we all know that our dogs need to stay AWAY from the candy bowl. But, there are a lot of other common foods that are harmful for dogs, and not as widely known. The next time your dog starts begging around the kitchen, resist that adorable grin and do NOT give them any of this table-food:

Milk:

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Dogs’ bodies are not equipped to break down lactose found in milk and other dairy products. So, as tempting as it may be to share your delicious ice cream cone with your furry pal on a hot day, stay strong and do not share a lick.

Cheese:

This may come as a surprise, as cheese is often used as a special treat for a lot of dogs. However, similar to the above, cheese is a dairy product that has sugars and other fatty components that some dogs don’t have the enzymes to break down.

Grapes and Raisins:

Many dog owners are unaware of how dangerous this household food can be for dogs. Grapes and raisins can actually cause severe liver damage and kidney failure if consumed. Mark this as a red flag and be extremely careful not to drop any of these small fruits on the floor — It only takes a few grapes to cause serious health risks.

Macadamia Nuts:

Macadamia nuts can be incredibly harmful as they contain a toxic chemical that is poisonous for dogs. Eating as few as six macadamias can make your dog extremely sick.

Avocados:

If you’re making guacamole, think twice before sharing with your pup. Avocados contain a toxin called persin, which is dangerous for dogs for a variety of reasons. Persin can cause difficulty breathing, stomach problems, and fluid buildup. The most dangerous part however is the pit – if accidentally swallowed there could be many severe consequences, not to mention a serious choking risk.

Bacon:

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No bacon?! Unfortunately, bacon can lead to pancreatitis and other digestive problems in dogs. On the plus side, this means more bacon for us!

Onions:

Onions will do more than make your dog cry. Onions and chives are extremely poisonous for dogs. They contain toxins that can cause anemia and damage red blood cells. Be mindful of making sure there are no onions within the food you share with your pup.

Corn on the cob:

Pieces of corn can easily become lodged in your pup’s intestines.

Caffeine

Dogs are much more sensitive to caffeine than we are. If it’s been a rough morning and your pup accidentally drinks your cup of coffee, it’s best to bring them directly to the vet. Keep in mind that caffeine is in a lot of other products we consume daily, such as tea, soda, and chocolate. All of these should be out of reach from your dog.

Apple Seeds:

An apple a day… may not keep the vet away. Sharing an apple with your pup may seem like a healthy snack, but be sure to remove all of the seeds in the apple before eating it. The seeds contain a chemical called cyanide, which can be fatal to dogs.

 

We recommend that you keep this list in the kitchen area as a daily reminder of what NOT to feed your four-legged friend.

What NOT to feed your dog

October 27, 2015

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