You will be surprised to know that certain foods can be toxic and even deadly for your dog. If you are one of those people who share a little of their food or drop something while cooking, this post will make you think because it can be dangerous for your pet.
Avocado . Avocado contains a toxin that may be poisonous to some animals such as birds and horses, but it has not been completely proven if it is also true for our dogs. Some dogs may suffer from indigestion if they eat the skin and contents of the avocado, but the most dangerous thing is the seed, since it can cause obstruction of the esophagus or intestine.
Bones of chicken and fish. Although our dogs can eat chicken and certain fish, you must be very careful with their bones and thorns, because being very sharp can cause obstruction and tear of the digestive system.
Cat food. If you have cats and have given them dog food, or vice versa, you should stop, and here are the reasons:
- Cat food is composed of vitamin A, while that of dogs contains beta-carotene (their bodies make it into vitamin A).
- Taurine is an amino acid cats need, but dogs produce them naturally. Dog food does not contain this substance, which can lead to heart disease in cats.
- Protein levels in dog food are lower than in cat food. Although there are cats that can live with low intakes of protein, it is not the most appropriate for your health.
The caloric density and high levels of protein are not good for our dog’s gastrointestinal tract. Diarrhea, vomiting and pancreatitis are some of the symptoms your pet may have when consuming cat food.
Salt. Our dogs’ commercial food contains small amounts of sodium they can tolerate. However, large amounts of salt can be very harmful to your health and even cause death.According to the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council in the United States, healthy dogs of 15kg should consume no more than 100mg of sodium per day. Talk to your vet to adjust the dose according to your dog’s weight.
Chocolate. The worst thing that can happen to you if you eat chocolate is to gain a few extra pounds. But your dog can get sick even with small amounts. In addition to being high in fat, chocolate contains caffeine and the obromine, two stimulants that affect the nervous system, heart muscle and urination frequency. The level of intoxication depends on the type of chocolate your dog has consumed; White chocolate is the least toxic while dark is the most dangerous.
Grapes and raisins. Prevent your dog from consuming grapes or raisins as they can cause kidney problems, attack the kidney and alter the urine. If your dog has consumed them, the immediate symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea, but then you may have anemia, lack of appetite, abdominal pain and excessive water intake.
Raw egg. Raw eggs contain one called Avidin which decreases the absorption of Biotin (Vitamin B). This can cause problems with the skin and coat. Also, raw eggs may contain Salmonella which can be dangerous for your dog.
Onion and garlic. The onion and garlic are quite strong and cause damage to the dog’s red blood cells. Damage begins to occur after five days of ingestion. Symptoms include anemia and dark urine. If your dog has eaten onion or garlic you should visit your veterinarian as soon as possible. In some cases a blood transfusion is necessary.
Raw bread dough. Raw dough contains live yeast that can be dangerous to your pet’s digestive system. The stomach is the ideal environment for the bacteria to multiply, causing an expansion of the mass inside the dog that can be so severe as to reduce the blood circulation in the stomach walls. In addition, the expansion can compress the diaphragm, which causes a difficult breathing.
Be careful, in short, with what you offer your dog as we wrote in post ‘Dangerous Dog Treats‘. It can be very dangerous for your health. If you want to pamper him with some food for humans, you should know which ones are not dangerous.