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Unsafe foods for your dog and a few safe ones.

Hello again ladies and gents, Alexander from TheSunShineSpot here with another blog. Todays topic involves things you should avoid letting your dog eat that could potentially hurt or even kill your best friend! Now we know it can sometimes be hard to resist those puppy dog eyes our furry friends give us but in all truth we should not be giving our dogs any human food or table scraps. A nice healthy puppy treat would be so much better. Anyways we can not always watch what our pups do all the time and they will every once in a while swipe that cookie off the counter.With this list of foods all canines should avoid we hope that everyone will be more aware when leaving this type of food around or within reach.

  1. Xylitol: This can be found in a lot of candies or gums, toothpaste, baked foods and will cause your dogs blood sugar to drop. Xylitol can also cause liver failure in your dog!
  2. Avocado: Avocado contains Persin which some people may be allergic to. Too much of this can be fatal to a dog. Persin is found not only in the avocado, but can also be found in the seeds, leaves, and bark.
  3. Alcohol: It has the same effect on the liver and brain as it does on humans, except that it takes a whole lot less to harm your dog. Alchol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, coordination problems,breathing problems, coma, and death. Just remember your dog is your best friend just not your drinking buddy.
  4. Onions and Garlic: Powdered, raw, cooked, dehydrated, heck any form just keep it away from old Fido. Onions and garlic kill red blood cells and can cause anemia in your dog. If you suspect your dog ate any look for weakness, vomiting, and breathing problems
  5. Coffee, Tea, and Caffeine: Caffeine can be fatal to your dog! No coffee, tea, cocoa, colas, or energy drinks. If you think your dog got hold of any look for signs of restlessness, fast breathing, and/or muscle twitches.
  6. Grapes and Raisins: Find a better treat for your pup than grapes or raisins because even a small amount can cause kidney failure. Watch out for continuous vomiting.
  7. Milk and other dairy products: Dogs love ice cream and it may be tempting to share yours with them but refrain as this can cause diarrhea and digestive issues and your pup may have a food allergy to dairy as well which will cause itching and other ailments. Trust us, a good old ice cube will do the trick here!
  8. Macadamia Nuts: This is definitely a big no no! It only takes 6 raw or roasted macadamia nuts to make your dog sick. Watch out for muscle shakes, vomiting, high temp and weakness in the back legs. If these were chocolate covered macadamia nuts it could cause death. Please be careful!
  9. Chocolate: I am sure that you have heard already that chocolate is bad for your dog. The ingredient in chocolate that is really bad for your dog is called theobromine. The worst type of chocolate is dark or unsweetened baking chocolate. Symptoms can range from vomiting, diarrhea, heart problems, tremors, seizures and death.
  10. Fat Trimmings and Bones: Fat trimmings from cooked or uncooked meat can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Although it seems natural to give a dog a bone, they can split, crack, or block air passages as well as cause cuts in your dogs digestive tract.
  11. Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums: The problems with this type of fruit is the seeds. The seeds from a persimmon can cause problems in a dogs small intestine. This can also happen if your dog were to eat the pit from a peach or a plum. The pits also contain cyanide which is not only poisonous to dogs but to people as well.
  12. Raw Eggs: Same reason why humans should not eat raw eggs for your dog goes the same. Raw eggs can contain salmonella or E. Coli. Its better to not risk it.
  13. Raw Meat and Fish: Like raw eggs above a lot of meats contain bacteria as well. Raw fish such as salmon, trout, shad, and sturgeon can have a parasite that causes "Fish Disease" or "Salmon Poisoning Disease" which is treatable if you get help immediately. Signs are vomiting, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Fully cook any and all fish you decide to feed your dog to kill the parasite.
  14. Salt: Its never really a good idea to share salty food like chips or pretzels with your dog and the reason behind this is that too much salt could cause sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms of too much salt can include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, high temperature, seizures and can even cause death!
  15. Sugary Foods and Drinks: Too much sugar can do the same thing that it can do to humans. It can cause diabetes and cause problems with your dogs teeth.
  16. Yeast Dough: Before bread is baked the dough needs to rise. If your dog eats it this is what will happen in your pups stomach. As the dough rises it can stretch your pups stomach and cause an intense amount of pain. Worst of all, when the dough ferments it creates alcohol and can lead to alcohol poisoning!
  17. Human Medicine: Dogs should never have people medicine and you should always make sure to keep your medicine out of reach of your dog. This includes over the counter medicine. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are common in a lot of cold medicines and pain relieves and can cause death in your dog!

Ok, whew! That was quite the list. Well before this post is over I should tell you about a few things that are safe for your dog to eat. Here goes:

  • Lean Meats: A nice lean cut of meat is just fine for your dog. Please make sure to trim all the fat including taking the skin off of poultry and make sure there are no bones left in the cut of meat when you give it to your dog.
  • Certain Fresh Fruits: A few slices of apples, oranges, bananas, and watermelon will make an awesome treat for your furry companion. Please make sure to take out any seeds first as these can be harmful to your pup.
  • Certain Vegetables: It is OK to let your dog have some fresh carrot sticks, cucumber slices, green beans, or zucchini slices. A plain baked potato is alright as long as you never give your dog a raw potato or potato plant.
  • Cooked White Rice or Pasta: It is OK to let your dog have some cooked plain white rice or pasta and a little white rice with cooked chicken may even help your dog if your dog has an upset stomach.

Well that is about it and I am sure there is probably still a slew of information that was not covered in this article, but for the most part I think I hit you all with a little knowledge and even a little can go a long way. I will let you know that I am the type that is all about prolonging the life of an animal and I will always fight for the things I believe in. Comment below with your opinions and let me know if you liked my article or not. 


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