Owning a dog is both a huge responsibility and one of the most satisfying experiences in the world. Your pet is capable of great love and devotion if you know how to treat it accordingly. Therefore, you should only seek the best foods, grooming products, clothes, toys, and accessories, and not forget to spend as much time as possible with it to create a special bound.
Unfortunately, not all owners know how to create healthy eating habits for their pooches, ending up overfeeding them or, even worse, hurting them. So, no matter how irresistible those puppy eyes are, here are some foods and ingredients that you should never give to your dog.
This chemical substance is a sweetener used in gum, candies, baked goods, and even toothpaste and some diet foods. And, while it’s not harming you, it can cause liver failure and low blood sugar in your dog. Some of the immediate symptoms include nausea, vomiting, coordination problems, and lethargy. We suggest you immediately seek professional help to avoid further health complications.
Moderate quantities of cheese won’t hurt your dog, but you should avoid feeding it since cheese is rich in fats. Although rare, some dogs can be lactose intolerant, in which case you should avoid all dairy products. If you do want to feed your pup a few slices of cheese once in a while, opt for low-fat varieties such as mozzarella or cottage cheese.
Sweets and chocolate
Chocolate contains toxic substances that can harm your dog, leading to diarrhea and vomiting. Even small amounts of dark chocolate can provoke irregular heart function, seizures, and even death. Other sweets are also high in sugar which can also boost your dog’s energy levels, making it hard to control and calm down.
We strongly advise you avoid feeding your pet sweets and especially chocolate and contact a vet immediately should you notice changes in your pet’s behavior or body.
Another ingredient you should cut off your pet’s food list is cinnamon. Although it’s not toxic, you should try to avoid it as much as possible. It can cause irritations to your dog’s throat, lower its blood sugar level, or lead to diarrhea, and vomiting. If cinnamon comes in a powder form, inhaling it could lead to breathing problems and choking.
You might love your guacamole but make sure it doesn’t end up in your dog’s tummy as well. Avocados contain a substance named persin that might cause diarrhea and vomiting if dogs ingest it. Keep in mind, especially if you grow avocados that the substance can be found on the seed, leaves, and the fruits as well.
Grapes and raisins
Even in small amounts, these fruits can cause kidney failure and death to dogs. Hyperactivity is a frequent symptom of grape poisoning, followed by lethargy in the next few days. If you suspect your pet has ingested these foods, you should immediately seek the help of a vet.