Do you know that there are some certain human dangerous foods for your dogs and you are strictly forbidden to even think about giving them to your beloved pets? If you are clueless about these foods that are dangerous for your dogs, you aren’t alone. There are hundreds and even thousands of dog owners who don’t know about this. But we are here to learn and sometimes it is easier to learn from other people’s mistakes and errors. So, let’s start the journey by knowing what are human foods best avoided for your dogs.
Dangerous Foods for Your Dogs: Dairy Products
Milk and cheese are included in the category of dangerous foods for dogs. Sure, they are yummy and they are healthy, containing important nutrients, minerals, and vitamins – but those are for humans, not dogs.
Wait, aren’t puppies drinking milk from their mothers? Okay, you need to understand that difference. First of all, the milk we are talking is the dairy products so it is not the natural breast that mothers give to their youngs. Second, even puppies can develop lactose intolerance issues – just like humans. It is always better to avoid giving the processed milk to puppies or dogs. You see, milk contains this special milk sugar that needs to be broken down by the body. Unfortunately, all dogs don’t have the enzymes to do the breaking down process – so their body simply can’t tolerate and process the milk. Expect signs of diarrhea, vomiting, or other stomach issue. Milk may not be dangerous but leaving the issue untreated can lead to serious and severe bacterial exposure.
As for the cheese, it is another dairy product containing fatty components and sugars – your dogs don’t have the enzymes to process them. If you feed your dogs with excessive cheese products, they can show signs of vomiting, diarrhea, and gas.
Dangerous Foods for Your Dogs: Chocolate and Caffeine
Everyone knows that chocolate is a tasty treat and you may not mean to harm your dogs. After all, you want to share the tasty food with them but chocolate is poisonous for dogs. You see, there is a certain stimulant named as theobromine that is similar to caffeine and it can affect the central nervous system, kidneys, and the heart. The level of theobromine will be different from one type of chocolate to another, with the highest content found in the dark chocolate. If your dogs show signs of theobromine poisoning, they may show sign of seizures, hyperactivity, restlessness, diarrhea, and vomiting.
So far, there is no cure for theobromine. The vet may make your dogs vomit or give them a drip – the treatments vary according to the level of severity and the poisoning signs.
Caffeine is included in the lists of dangerous foods for your dogs because it contains stimulants. When compared to human, dogs are basically more sensitive to caffeine and it can lead to serious issues. When they are ‘poisoned’ by caffeine, the signs are mostly similar to the chocolate poisoning and the treatments are also the same.
Dangerous Foods for Your Dogs: Chives, Onions, and Garlic
What other food dogs can’t eat? The herbs of chives, garlic, and onions are dangerous for your dogs. When consumed excessively, they will result in stomach and gut (gastrointestinal) irritation, which can lead to further and serious issue of the damage of your red blood cells. Your dogs will be able to tolerate it if the amount isn’t too much or excessive. But if they consume too much, those herbs can actually be dangerous for them.
In the event that you feed them with foods containing these herbs, observe their condition. Onions are especially dangerous for the dogs and the signs may happen within several days after the consumption. Whatever types of onions you give them (raw onions, dehydrated ones, cooked onions, and even the food scraps containing onions), they can be dangerous. Weakness and inability to move around will be the most apparent signs. Your dogs will constantly look tired and they will have the difficulty to move. Their urine may be dark red or orange. If the red blood cells have been affected, they may need a blood transfusion as the only treatment.
Dangerous Foods for Your Dogs: Other Foods
There are still some dangerous foods for your dogs to consume, including the macadamia nuts. Health experts believe that there are certain substances inside the nuts that are dangerous to dogs although they haven’t figured out exactly what. When your dogs consume the nuts, they may show signs of tremors, hyperthermia, weakness, vomiting, and depression within 12 hours after the consumption. The best way is to contact your vet ASAP and take your dogs there.
What are other dangerous foods for your dogs? Avocado may be beneficial and healthy for you but it is definitely toxic for the dogs. It contains a certain substance called Persin that can be found on the tree bark, seeds, fruits, and leaves. Consuming the Persin can lead to diarrhea and vomiting. If it is not treated right away, fluid accumulation may happen around the heart that can lead to breathing difficulty and other congestion.
The yeast from the bread dough can also be dangerous for your dogs. You probably want to have a chubby dog and think that there is no harm in feeding them the bread. Well, feel free to give them the bread – as long as it is made without the yeast. You see, the yeast will expand inside the dog’s digestive system and cause gas accumulation to happen. This can be truly painful for the dogs; not to mention that their digestive system may be blocked and obstructed. Lethargy, abdominal discomfort, and vomiting are the most visible signs of the yeast poisoning. It’s okay to give them small treats of the bread (provided that the yeast has developed) but you should never give them the dough with the undeveloped yeast.
Now that you know that some of the human foods can be dangerous to dogs, it is best to avoid them. It would be best if you can make the lists of the dangerous foods for your dogs so you won’t forget about them.