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5 Everyday Foods That Are Bad For Your Dogs!

Posted on 11 May 2015

Most pet owners are guilty of feeding their beloved pet with scraps from the table. All it takes is one look into those adorable puppy-dog eyes and you melt, feeding your dog whatever is on your plate.

STOP!

You might just be doing more harm than you realize. Dogs were not built to process food the same way that humans do. Food that a human being would not think twice about eating can actually be fatal to your dog. If you take great pains to ensure that your dog supplies are free of harmful chemicals, it is just as important to ensure that you do not feed your pet anything potentially harmful.  

Here is our list of five every day foods that are poisonous to Fido.

Chocolate

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Even though chocolate is terrible for dogs, some of them actually love the taste. This makes it a lot harder to say no when then come asking for a lick or two, but you must!

Chocolate contains caffeine, which in all forms is bad for dogs and is poisonous. Caffeine poisoning is real and some of its symptoms include rapid breathing, restlessness, muscle tremors, heart palpitations, fits, and bleeding.

Even more harmful are theobromine and theophylline, which are chemicals found in chocolate. These chemicals are not just toxic but can also cause damage to your pet’s heart, lungs and nervous system.

Salt

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This is probably one of the most innocuous things on the list. It’s hard to find food that doesn’t have a little bit of salt. While a stray chip here and there probably will not make too much of a difference, feeding your dog anything that is excessively salty can cause your dog a lot of trouble.

Excess salt can cause an electrolyte imbalance and eventually lead to dehydration and even diarrhea. It will make him/her very thirsty, cause excessive urination and can even lead to sodium poisoning.

Milk and Dairy Products

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It might come as a surprise that dogs are essentially lactose intolerant. This means that they lack the lactase enzyme that is necessary to properly digest dairy products.

Small amounts of dairy will not be fatal. At the most it might lead to gas and bloating. However larger portions of dairy can cause diarrhea or intestinal trouble for your pet.

Remember though that all dairy products do not actually have the same amount of lactose, so while a cup of whole milk has 11 gms of lactose an equivalent portion of cheddar cheese has barely any lactose at all. So choose the right dairy products for your pet with care and caution.

Candy and Chewing Gum

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Candy and chewing gum are not something your dog will naturally sniff out. However, make sure that if you have kids around at home, you let them know just how dangerous this not so innocent food group actually is.

The excessive sugar they contain are exceptionally bad for dogs. Some also contain a chemical called Xylitol which can lead to an increase in the circulation of insulin which can sometimes result in liver failure. Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy and difficulty in coordination.

Onions, Garlic and Chives

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Be careful of unthinkingly feeding your dog food from the table that is liberally flavored with onions garlic and chives. While a lot of dogs love the strong flavors, these simple foods can have surprising effects on your dog’s body.

While a small amount is possibly alright and will have no impact on your dog, a small amount consumed regularly or a large amount consumed all at once can lead to red blood cell damage and anemia. It can also cause gastrointestinal irritation which will not be pleasant for your pet.

Along with being careful of what your dog cannot eat, it is just as important to pay close attention to what they can eat.

Dogs need healthy and balanced diets and it is probably best that you use a brand of dog food recommended by the vet so that your pet receives all the nutrition that it needs. It might be okay to indulge your pet with some regular food once in a while, but be careful what you treat him/her with as well as how often and how much. Make sure the food you choose to indulge your pet with is well cooked, not overly seasoned and is low in fat.

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