Many dogs are food-motivated, and it’s a common sight to see a dog wagging its tail excitedly whenever it catches sight of food in your hands. Be it dog food or human food, most dogs love them all. However, should our dogs be fed everything and anything?
While giving your dog the piece of cake in your hands might make it happy, this is unfortunately not the right thing to do. In fact, feeding your dog everything and anything will only result in serious health problems such as obesity. Sadly, around 22 to 40% of dogs in the world today might be suffering from obesity issues.
However, there are certain foods that will lead to more disastrous consequences among dogs: not just obesity, but even poisoning and death. In this article, we will be sharing more about some foods that are extremely harmful to all dogs and should not be fed to them at all.
Everyone loves chocolates, but not dogs. In fact, cocoa, one of the most vital ingredients in chocolate, is infamous for being poisonous to dogs. This is due to the compound theobromine that is found in cocoa. Dogs that have ingested large amounts of chocolate will suffer from “chocolate poisoning”, resulting in symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, seizures and death.
Grapes and raisins
It is unknown which aspect of grapes and raisins (dried grapes) seem to be poisonous to dogs, but there have been many cases of dogs experiencing kidney failure after having ingested grapes. Symptoms of poisoning from grapes and raisins include vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, lack of urine production, and seizures.
Garlic and onions
This is controversial because occasional small doses of garlic and onions might not cause much harm. However, garlic and onions (and other similar foods, such as leeks and chives) are known to destroy the haemoglobin in dogs’ red blood cells, leading to anaemia, if a large amount of it is consumed at once or if small amounts are given over time. Even if garlic and onions are not fed, any food or drink containing garlic and onions is considered harmful, such as supplements or juices.
Raw dough is fatal to dogs as it contains yeast. Yeast will lead to rising of the raw dough even after it is ingested, which might lead to intestinal pain and blockages. Similarly, fermentation of the raw dough can lead to alcohol poisoning for the dog. While raw dough is poisonous to dogs, we also generally do not encourage feeding white or wholegrain bread to dogs due to them being generally high in sodium and sugar. They are made for human consumption, but not for our furry friends!
While salty foods are generally considered unhealthy, many do not know that consuming too much salt can lead to sodium ion poisoning among dogs, leading to symptoms such as seizures, stomach upsets, vomiting, diarrhoea, and high body temperature. While potato chips and bacon should be avoided, even ordinary meat made for a family dinner is also not encouraged for dog consumption due to the salt used in cooking.
Overall, it is important to be careful about what to feed and not to feed a dog. Not only do you need to maintain a balanced diet and prevent overfeeding, but there is also the need to prevent certain accidental mishaps, such as accidentally feeding dogs chocolate or a grape.