As a pet owner, you always want to give your little buddy a healthy veggie or fruit treat but do you know that all human foods are not safe for your dog. It is not bad to feed your pup with a bit of human food (if it’s the right food), but you have to be very careful. Some foods are tasty for humans but harmful or toxic for dogs like chocolates, macadamia nuts, avocado, etc. If you are not sure which human foods are safe for your pooch, first of all figure out by discussing with your veterinarian or pet nutritionist to avoid confusion for you and any pain for your little buddy. After trying a new vegetable or fruit, it is always important to check on your pup because some dogs and puppies have sensitive stomachs. Some human foods are dog friendly while other can cause serious illnesses and even death. It is better not to give your dog all human foods without knowing how these could affect your pooch. You can keep your pup safe if you know which foods are harmful for your dog beforehand. Some human foods that are perfectly suitable not only for human consumption but for other animals as well, may prove poisonous and toxic to your dogs and can cause serious issues to their health and well-being.
Human Foods You Should Avoid Feeding Your Dogs
There are many human foods that are unfit and unsafe for the consumption of your dogs. Below is a list of human foods which are toxic or lethal to dogs, so be sure to comprehend this list before giving any human food to your pup.
– Alcohol: Alcohol is not a safe drink for dogs as this can cause several health issues like lack of coordination, intoxication, weak breathing, abnormal acidity and sometimes even coma or death.
– Avocado: Avocado is not a dog-friendly food as it contain persin which can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and heart congestion. The seeds of avocado can get swallowed, stuck and block intestine or stomach of your dog.
– Candies / Chewing Gums: Candies and chewing gums contain sugar and xylitol, both can cause vomiting, loss of coordination, seizures and liver failure if eaten.
– Chocolate: Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine; both can stimulate the nervous system as well as speed up the heart rate. If your dog will ingest too much chocolate (theobromine and caffeine), it may cause vomiting, diarrhoea, tremors, elevated heart rate, restlessness, increased urination, seizures and even death. How sick your dog may become after ingesting chocolate will depend on the type of chocolate, amount of chocolate ingested by your dog and weight of your dog.
– Coffee, Tea & Other Caffeine: Coffee, tea and other products that contain caffeine are extremely dangerous to dogs as these can make your dog to experience restlessness, vomiting, blood pressure, mild to severe hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, tremors, etc.
– Garlic & Onions: The significant amount of garlic can be risky while it can be okay for dogs if taken in tiny amounts. Onion is also toxic for dogs as it contains disulphides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate), both can destroy red blood cells of dogs as well as can cause anaemia, weakness, vomiting, trouble breathing, etc.
– Grapes & Raisins: Grapes and raisins are highly toxic foods for your pup. If you will feed your pup grapes or raisins, these can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, low energy, kidney failure. It is not known that what component of grapes and raisins cause toxicity but even a small amount of both can make your pooch ill.
– Liver: Giving your pup liver in tiny amounts in ok but it’s too much quantity can adversely affect your dog’s bones and muscles because it contains vitamin A.
– Macadamia Nuts: Feeding you pup macadamia nuts can be lethal as this can cause many health issues like weak back legs, vomiting, increased temperature, muscle shakes, etc.
– Milk & Dairy Products: Ingesting small amount of milk or dairy products will make your pup experience smelly farts, digestive issues, diarrhoea and food allergies.
– Rhubarb & Tomato: Both contain oxalates which can be lethal to dogs as it can cause drooling, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, tremors and bloody urine.
– Salt & Sugar: Salt is dangerous for dogs. If you dog will take too much amount of salt, it can lead to sodium ion poisoning and may result in vomiting, diarrhoea, depression, increased temperature, etc. Likewise, too much quality of sugar intake can lead to many health issues in dogs like dental issues, obesity, diabetes, etc.
– Tobacco: Tobacco intake can be dangerous for dogs as it contains nicotine which can cause vomiting, abnormal heart rate, tremors and weakness.
– Xylitol: Xylitol is extremely toxic for dogs and its small amount can cause liver failure, low blood sugar, seizures, and even death.