Tuesday, September 24, 2013

10 Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

Milk and other dairy products
The digestive system of dogs does not contain lactase (the enzyme that helps break down lactose) which means introducing cow’s milk or milk based products to your dog’s diet might lead to digestive issues.
• Raw meat and bones
Raw meat transmits bacteria like E. Coli that can be harmful to pets. Avoid sharing any uncooked beef, poultry, or fish and keep any items you are defrosting for dinner out of reach.

You might think it funny to see how your dog reacts after consuming alcohol, however it is not funny for him. It can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, depression of the central nervous system, breathing issues, and tremors.

Caffeine contains methylxanthines which are very harmful to animals. This chemical is found in coffee, tea, energy drinks, etc. Ingestion of this chemical can lead to hyperactivity, panting, increased thirst, and excess urination.

Diet sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners cause insulin release in animals which leads to hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar levels. Signs of ingestion may include lethargy, lack of coordination, and vomiting. 

Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

Grapes and raisins
Even though grapes and raisins are of nutritional value to human beings, they should be kept out of reach of your pets. The impact of ingestion of grapes by pets can range from lethargy, depression, kidney failure, and even loss of life.

They contain a substance called persin, which if given in large amounts can be fatal to dogs. If you grow avocados, keep them out of reach of your pet.

Luckily most of us know that chocolate is not good for dogs. It contains a chemical called theobromine that causes distress, all types of chocolate are harmful, especially dark chocolate.

Onions and garlic
Prolonged consumption of onion and garlic reduces the red blood cell counts in dogs which can lead to anemia. Its best to avoid onion and garlic in foods for your dog. 

Yeast dough
If dough with yeast ends up in your dog’s stomach it will rise and expand causing your dog’s belly to swell and cause severe pain. The yeast ferments the dough which releases alcohol and might also cause alcohol poisoning.

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