It is safe to assume that we all love our canine best friends. We spend a lot of time in their company, and do many different things together.As it is, sharing a meal with them it is for some a ritual, a way of spending quality time.
Unfortunately, not many people know that some foods that are perfectly fine to eat for us humans are not necessarily the best (or can be very dangerous) for our dogs. Here is a list to help you choose what (not) to have for dinner with your pup.
Yes, it is the first of the list and you’ve probably heard this before, but chocolate is definitely a food to avoid feeding your dog. Firstly, because it contains caffeine – which is enough to harm your dog by itself – but also theobromine and theophylline, which can be toxic, and damage your dog’s heart and nervous systems.
There is much misconception surrounding fish as dog food. It’s not a definite no no, but there are few fishes you don’t want to be swimming in your dog’s belly. Among them, the primary ones are salmon and trout, especially raw. Salmon can be fatal to dogs if the fish is infected with a certain parasite, Nanophyetus salmincola. If diagnosis occurs early on however, the dog has a great chance of recovering. Cooked salmon is fine as it kills the parasite.
3. Grapes and Raisins
Although easily assimilated by the human body, grapes contain a toxin that can cause severe liver damage and kidney failure. Unfortunately, one can hear many stories of dogs dying for unawareness of their owners in feeding them only a handful of grapes. Avoid them at all costs.
4. Onions and Chives
Dry, raw, cooked, in powder or within other foods, onions are some of the absolute worst foods you could possibly feed your pup. They contain disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate), both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells.
5. Milk and Dairy Products
We’re not trying to make your dog go vegan but while small doses aren’t going to be fatal, you could get some unpleasant consequences. Dogs are lactose intolerant and don’t have enough of the lactase enzyme in their systems to properly digest dairy foods. If you really need to give them dairy, look into lactose-free dairy products.