Foods That You Shouldn’t Give to Your Dogs
Foods brighten our days but just because you like it, doesn’t mean that dogs will. You have to remember this if you want your dog to be safe. There are certain foods that you should not feed your dogs under any circumstances. The foods may vary depending on the breed and weight however there is a general list of foods that you should not feed your dogs.
The moment we take dogs in, we have the responsibility to look after their welfare and that includes making sure that they are safe and healthy. So, as a start, here are the foods that may be toxic to your dogs:
- Alcohol: When there are birthday parties around and kegs of beer is expected, do not let your dog come near it. Drinking alcohol can cause intoxication, poor breathing and lack of coordination. It does not end there because there are cases that alcohol intake can lead to coma or worse, death.
- Baby food: Baby foods are essentially safe for dogs but you have to make sure that that food does not contain any onion or onion powder. Onions can be toxic because it contain sulfoxides and disulfides that can lead to anemia and eventually damage the dog’s red blood cells.
- Avocado: Beware of avocados too because they contain persin. Persin can lead to heart congestion, vomiting and diarrhoea.
- Candy and chewing gum: Candies and chewing gums contain xylitol. Xylitol can cause kidney failure and over-release of insulin.
- Cat food: If there are no dog foods available, you will think that it is okay for your dog to eat cat food. You should be aware that cat foods contain fats and proteins good for cats and not for dogs. The fat and protein levels found in cat foods are way too higher than dog foods. This is not healthy
- Chocolate: You probably heard it before but this is to stress that chocolate is a big no for your dogs. Chocolates contain theophylline and theobromine that can lead to diarrhoea, panting and vomiting. In some cases, it can damage the dog’s nervous system as well as their hearts.
- Fish: Common dish for dogs are fish. This should be avoided especially trout and salmon. Raw salmon for instance can be very toxic especially if the fish is infected with Nanophyetus salmincola parasite.
- Milk and dairy products: Dogs by nature are lactose intolerants so giving them milk and dairy products is useless and may only cause them discomfort and pain.
There are many homeowners here in Singapore that consider dogs as part of their family. Dogs are friendly, warm and loyal. An addition to the family with these traits are a treasure.