Foods never to feed your dog
Foods never to feed your dog is not a concept many people consider. After all, if we as humans can eat something, surely it is fine for our dogs to eat. It is a fact and there are some foods that you should never feed your dog under any circumstance. Whilst there may be variations dependent on the breed of dog and its weight generally below are some foods that your dog should not eat. As this is an important topic which I am going to cover over three articles.
Foods never to feed your dog – Sugar confectionary
Sugar confectionary includes all sweets, candy, chewing gum and chocolate. They are simply not good for Fido and actually although they taste yummy, they are not good for you.
Foods never to feed your dog – Chewing Gum
Most chewing gum contains Xylitol, a type of sugar. It is known to cause an unhealthy spike in insulin in dogs. This can drop the blood sugar of the dog to dangerous level. If a dog consumes a large quantity of chewing gum, it can create damage to the kidneys and liver. Apparently Xylitol does not have this affect on us humans!
Foods never to feed your dog – Sweets and Candies
Just like chewing gum, lots of types sweets and candies also have Xylitol in them. For the same reason as explained above, sweets are not good for your dog.
Foods never to feed your dog – Chocolate
Chocolate can be toxic for dogs. This is because chocolate contains Theobromine, which is a bitter alkaloid of the cacao plants. It can create vomiting and diarrhoea and even worse damage the heart and nervous system of a dog.
Foods never to feed your dog – Drinks
There are certain drinks that you should not allow your dog to drink. Some pose a more serious threat to your dog than others. See below:
Foods never to feed your dog – Alcohol
Your dog should never consume alcohol. You shouldn’t even allow your dog taste any kind of alcohol, even licking you finger that has dipped in wine or beer. The principle contents of beer, wine, and other alcoholic drinks are toxic and quite simply are dangerous for dogs to consume. If a dog drinks alcohol may cause bad breathing, high acidity in the blood, a loss of coordination and possibly even put your dog in a coma or cause him to die.
Foods never to feed your dog – Coffee and caffeine
Ingesting a large quantity of coffee can be toxic for your dog and indeed for yourself. If your dog drinks too much coffee it is likely to cause the dog to vomit, have tremors and increase the heart rate. In some cases it can create seizures and dogs can even collapse if high quantities of caffeine are consumed.
Foods never to feed your dog – Milk
Many dogs happily drink milk and most won’t experience any issues. However, like with humans some dogs might be lactose intolerant. This mean that after drinking milk containing lactose, your dog may have an allergic reaction and get upset stomach and diarrhoea.
Foods never to feed your dog – Citrus fruit juice
Citrus fruit juice such as lemons, limes and oranges can cause stomach irritation for your dog, particularly if large volumes are consumed. Your dogs may have diarrhoea, vomiting, dribbling and trembling.
Foods never to feed your dog – Tobacco
Never ever give your dog tobacco or allow him to get access to it. The toxicity effect of nicotine on dogs is significantly higher than that on humans, in fact twice as toxic. A level of 10 mg per kilogram of body weight is potentially fatal.