If you are your dog’s best friend, then you certainly understand the importance of taking care of their health. This means you need to be vigilant at all times, especially when it comes down to what your dog is eating or what it is playing with. It’s important to understand what your dog is allowed to eat, and you need to be doubly sure that you are not giving things to that could be potentially dangerous for your dog –
1. Macadamia Nuts
Giving feed to your dog that contains macadamia nuts? Then stop right then and there! You probably weren’t aware of it, but macadamia nuts cause an allergic reaction in dogs. What’s even worse is that it is even more toxic (for the dog’s gut) than chocolate. Your dog might like to munch on them, but macadamia nuts can make a canine vomit, cause lethargy, and even cause nervous system problems in dogs.
Like to share that fried omelet or boiled egg with your dogs? If you have been practicing that habit, then you should avoid it at all costs. Unfortunately, eggs aren’t one of those things that could be shared with your canine, especially if they aren’t cooked. Raw eggs should never be consumed by dogs. The proteins in eggs are okay, but the micro-organisms aren’t.
3. Raw Bread Dough
Dogs love munching on the bread. But the extra carbohydrates are a definite no-no. But if it has taken a liking to uncooked bread dough, then this could be dangerous. It is totally avoidable. Rising dough, unbaked cinnamon buns, or pizza dough poses a huge problem for a dog’s digestive system. It will cause the dog’s stomach to expand and bloat which will result in a rupture in the stomach lining and damage the diaphragm.
Dogs love the sweet taste of chocolate. See, they are just like their human companions! Unfortunately, chocolates can be quite toxic to dogs. They stand a potential chance of actually being poisoned by the xanthine alkaloid theobromine. Whassat? That’s a compound which exists naturally in chocolate. Dogs become extremely ill after consuming chocolate because their bodies aren’t capable of metabolizing theobromine.
Dogs relish eating meat, but there’s confusion whether they are allowed to have it or not. Fortunately, dogs are definitely allowed to eat turkey. What’s more, they can have it in copious amounts. Just make sure that there isn’t any seasoning on it. This seasoning can cause a lot of acidic reactions in their stomachs. Double-check the presence of small bones in the turkey, in case they swallow it and choke on it.
6. Garlic And Onions
If you plan on sharing your seasoned/garnished meals with your dog, you really need to know what’s appropriate for use and what’s not. The allium family – garlic, leeks, onions, and chives, could cause drooling, anemia, elevated heart rate and respiratory rate, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. If you can avoid those, then you can certainly feed anything to your dogs.
Avocados are a superfood, chock-full of vitamins A, E, B6, and C. That’s not all, they have lots of folates, niacin, potassium, and crucial fatty acids that are great for your dog’s skin and coat. Keep in mind that they are extremely fatty. This could be harmful to your dog in large quantities. While eating avocados, there is a choking risk involved because of the pit.
8. Peanut Butter
Dogs adore peanut butter. Luckily, this delicious snack is healthy for dogs as well. Think about all of the vitamins, fats, and proteins that are present in peanut butter. So, how does it even make it to the list? Here’s why. Some kinds of peanut butter contain Xylitol, an artificial sweetener. It is safe for human ingestion but could be quite deadly for your dog.
If you are planning to watch a movie at home with popcorn, then make sure it does not have the grease and salt. Dogs are definitely allowed to share popcorn with you, as long as it’s plain popcorn. They can have as much as they want to have. Make sure they don’t gain weight after consuming the corny popped kernels.
While you typically want your dog to stay away from most spices, cinnamon is one spice that they are actually allowed to have. Cinnamon is delicious and it also has many medicinal properties. It is helpful in treatment of nausea and diarrhea, regulate blood sugar, and it’s also great for reviving energy and increasing cognitive function. Also, if your dog is struggling with arthritis or joint pain, mix a spoon of cinnamon in their food because it has incredible anti-inflammatory properties. But make sure you don’t exceed the prescribed quantity, otherwise, it might lead to an allergy.
It is by far one of the most dangerous things on this list. You need to be extra cautious when it comes to Xylitol. As mentioned before, Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that can be found in sugar-free gum, baked goods, and toothpaste. This, unfortunately, can cause xylitol poisoning in pets. If you’re not sure what food products have xylitol in them, just look at the ingredients list mentioned behind the item’s packaging. Before you give something to your dog, it’s always better to check it twice. Better be safe than sorry.
Some people may think it’s funny. But to give your animal alcohol is a serious public offense. On YouTube, you might have seen men intoxicating their pet dogs with beer or any other type of alcohol. They get millions of views. But what you don’t know is the fact that many have landed in prison because of this. If you are wondering why it’s illegal, here’s the reason. Some dogs really like the taste of beer, but they can’t metabolize alcohol properly, which in turn could poison them.
You weren’t sure if your dog is allowed to eat pork or not? We have some good news for you which will reduce your burden a little bit. Dogs are definitely allowed to eat meat, like pork, as long as it’s not seasoned. You shouldn’t also give your dog anything that has been fried in oil. Still, avoid pork, because it has a greater chance of contamination and could contain tapeworms.
Fish is a great source of protein for dogs, as long as it’s the right kind of fish. Typically, you could give your dog ocean whitefish, salmon, herring, walleye, and flounder. Avoid seasonings and bones. Give Tuna in moderate amounts. It is a great source of protein, but it’s also a great source of sodium and mercury. If you can, avoid it altogether.
Dogs love cheese and luckily, it is one of the food items that dogs are actually allowed to have. It can be a bit addictive for them, so keep in mind that you give it to them in moderation. Or you might be pushing your dog towards obesity. And that, my dear friends, is a big crime.