Your dog is your favoured companion, great company and your best friend. It may seem harmless and easy to treat you dog to your left-over dinner, a spillage and maybe the odd treat, but there are certain foods and drinks that are a big no-no for your furry friend. We have compiled a list of the top 3 for you to stay clear of to keep your dog in the healthiest condition.
This may seem like an obvious liquid to not give your dog, but you would be surprised. Some people may not be fully aware of the effects it can have, or simply aren’t watching your dog when it has a lick of your spilt glass of red. Any alcohol, just like with humans, causes intoxication to dogs, but the side effects can differ. Dogs can suffer from a lack of coordination, difficulty breathing, abnormal levels of acidity and can even result in a coma, or even worse death.
Chocolate may seem like a harmless product to give your dog, but frankly it is one of the worst. It may be tasty and a nice treat for us humans, but your pup will react a lot differently to it. Caffeine is in most chocolate, which is enough alone to harm, but it also contains ingredients called Theobromine and Theophylline. These are both toxic ingredients, and can cause panting, vomiting and diarrhoea. All these things can damage a dog’s heart and nervous system. Maybe just stick to the doggy chocolate, and buy the specialised treats, personal for you dog.
3.Peaches, Plums, Persimmons
Not only are pits in peaches a choking hazard for you dog, but they contain a compound called Amygdalin, which is a cyanide and sugar that degrades into a harmful chemical when metabolised. Not just peaches, but pear seeds also contain a small amount of arsenic which can be dangerous. Persimmon seeds and pits from plums can cause intestinal obstruction for pups also, so just be sure to be careful if you have one of these trees in your garden.
These are just our 3 top picks to avoid. Other foods to watch out for are Macadamia nuts, onions and chives, grapes and raisins, corn on the cob and yeast. While there are many foods that are safe for consumption by your dog, there are many on the negative list. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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