Dog’s Health: Knowing the Foods That are Toxic For Dogs
It is good to share your food most especially to your furry friend, but you need to be careful doing so because there are human foods that might cause serious health issues or death of your dog. While all want our dogs to be healthy and strong, there are foods that are considered unhealthy for your dogs and we should be all aware of it. There is nothing worse than having your pet suffer over a simple and single mistake in his diet. The top 12 human foods that you should avoid being eaten by your dog include the following: chocolate, milk, cheese, apple cores, macadamia nuts, avocado, yeast dough, caffeine, onion, garlic, grapes, and bacon.
Chocolate is known as toxic food for dogs because it contains theobromine and caffeine which fall under the methylxanthines category, and the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is. Chocolate causes vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, muscle tremors, severe agitation, elevated body temperature, irregular heart rhythm, seizures, and death. Your dog needs to avoid eating bacon, ham, meat trimmings, and other fatty foods because their pancreas may get inflamed causing pancreatitis and may stop functioning properly, and high-salt content food may cause digestive problems and bloating that lead to problems with nutrient absorption. High-salt content in your dog’s diet may cause signs and symptoms of sodium ion poisoning including frequent urination, excessive thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and high body temperature. Garlic and onions are pungent ingredients that can destroy your dog’s red blood cells that may lead to anemia. Milk has milk sugar that dogs have lacking enzymes to break down milk leading lactose intolerance, diarrhea, vomiting, and gastrointestinal problems. Raw eggs and meat contain salmonella and bacteria as well as hidden parasites causing food poisoning, so it is important to cook them well.
Sweet foods like candy, butter, gum, and baked foods contain xylitol, causing insulin surge through the body of your dog, leading to a drop in the blood glucose level and liver failure. If a dog consumes too many grapes and raisins, they develop dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of appetite causing rapid kidney failure within three to four days. Avocados contain persin in their seeds, leaves, fruit, and bark which is toxic for dogs so keep your guacamole to your own fiesta and prepare another meal for your furry friend. Apple core, as well as peaches, plums, peaches, and apricots, contain cyanogenic glycosides or cyanide which can cause dizziness, seizures, difficulty of breathing, hyperventilation, collapsing, shock, and coma.