While there are many human foods that you can give to your dog, some of the fresh foods that you eat can be harmful and cause illness and problems for your dogs. If you ever suspect that your dog might have eaten something toxic, immediately call a vet or the Animal Poison Control Center.
Here are some of the food items that you should avoid giving to your dog.
Avocados contain a substance that is toxic to dogs. It causes vomiting and diarrhea.
- Chocolate and caffeine
Never give anything related to chocolate and caffeine to your puppies and dogs.
They contain chemicals called methylxanthines that are highly toxic to puppies and dogs. These chemicals induce vomiting, cause abnormal heart rates, seizures, and even death.
There are chocolate flavored treats for dogs but they contain a special chocolate substitute and it is safe for them to eat.
- Grapes and raisins
Grapes, raisins, currants, and sultanas are highly toxic to dogs. Even small quantities of these can cause kidney failure in dogs, and sometimes, even death.
Refrain from giving your furry friends anything that contains foods like malt loaf or fruit cake.
Even though not toxic, consumption of excess cinnamon can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and liver diseases.
- Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges contain citric acid. Even though eating them in small amounts is okay for dogs, but consuming them in excess causes an upset stomach or sometimes even lead to nervous system depression.
- Coconut products
Never give your dog coconut water since it has high levels of potassium. You should also limit how much coconut oil and flesh you’re giving to your dog as these food items may cause an upset stomach or diarrhea.
Never feed nuts to your dogs. Macadamia nuts are highly toxic to dogs and can cause vomiting, hyperthermia, lethargy, and muscle weakness.
Other types of nuts might cause your dog to choke.
- Raw or uncooked meat
Raw meat could sometimes contain Salmonella and Escherichia coli, which are types of bacteria responsible for causing food poisoning in both humans and dogs. These bacteria are usually killed by cooking the meat properly.
In recent years, many manufacturers have promoted the benefits of feeding raw meat to dogs and a few boutique products contain it. However, it is important to understand that a raw meat diet poses many health risks to dogs and it might not even provide complete nutritional balance.