There are some foods known to be harmful to pets. Maybe your dog has eaten a grape or raisin before without incident, but you never know which grape will be the tipping point. The liver stores a variety of vitamin and minerals, and we still don’t know how much it stores of some chemicals in foods that are dangerous to dogs. With so many different foods free of the controversy that your dog is sure to enjoy, don’t put your pet at risk with these foods.
15- GRAPES AND RAISINS
The flesh of both grapes and raisins contain an unknown toxin that can damage the kidneys and cause kidney failure. As little as 3 or 4 grapes could cause problems for a 50-pound dog. There have been no problems associated with grape seed extract, which is often given as an antioxidant supplement because the offending toxin is water soluble and not found in the seeds.
Whether it is fresh, dried, or powdered, the thiosulphate in onions can damage red blood cells and cause Heinz body anemia. If it has onions in it, it doesn’t go in your dog; this includes most store-bought broths and a large portion of prepared foods. If your dog has eaten food with onions and begins to show unusual symptoms (vomiting, blood in urine or stool, diarrhea, weakness), contact your veterinarian for a blood test. On the positive side, cooking for your dog is tear free.
13- MACADAMIA AND OTHER NUTS
When you come back from Hawaii, put these tasty treats up high. Macadamia nuts contain a toxin that may affect the digestive and nervous systems and may cause vomiting, muscle tremors, or elevated heart rate. Contact your veterinarian if your dog should get into these nuts.
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of mold. Peanuts and Brazil nuts, however, can be safe for your dog as long as your dog tolerates them and you feed only in small amounts.
12- FAT AND SKIN
Including oils and some animal fat in your dog’s diet is essential to good health. What’s not good for your dog is what you left on your plate after enjoying a delicious steak. That steak fat is not only a big fat bomb waiting to explode, it’s also been spiced with salt and pepper, making it more likely to cause diarrhea, vomiting, or possibly pancreatitis (in which case you get a generous supply of both symptoms). The same logic applies to Thanksgiving turkey skin, which causes hundreds of pancreatitis cases every year and has caused lean turkey meat to be guilty by association. On its own, turkey is lean meat that is safe for dogs.
11- RAW SALMON AND TROUT
Not all salmon and trout are created equal because not all habitats have issues with the fluke flatworm. Raw salmon and trout from the Pacific Northwest should not be fed to your dog because it can be potentially fatal. Symptoms normally appear within a week of feeding these fish to your dog. Well-cooked and processed fish is safe for your dog to eat and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
10- MOLDY FOODS
If it’s not good enough for you (including cheese with questionable mold), then it’s not good enough for your pet.
9- NUTMEG AND MACE
These are seemingly innocent spices used in many baked goods and savory dishes, but they can affect your dog’s central nervous system, causing digestive issues, vomiting, seizures, or even death.
8- BLACK PEPPER
Your dog doesn’t need pepper to make food taste good, so there’s no reason to add it when you’re cooking for your pet. Steer clear of prepared foods with pepper because they can irritate your dog’s digestive system.
7- YEAST DOUGH
Imagine eating a yeasty dinner roll without it being cooked. Inside your warm stomach, the dough continues to expand and produce gas, leading to discomfort and possible rupture of your digestive system. The same goes for your dog, so be sure to place rising dough out of your counter surfer’s reach.
6- SALT AND SALTY FOODS
There is enough sodium in a natural diet to meet your pet’s daily requirement, so there is little reason to add more. Too much salt can cause electrolyte imbalances. Processed foods that we enjoy are usually packed with a great deal of sodium and shouldn’t be shared, as one salty chip in a Yorkie’s stomach can cause big issues.
5- ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
There’s nothing funny about giving a dog sips of beer or other alcoholic beverages.
4 Dogs Foods to Approach With Caution
Some foods will come down to a matter of choice and the ability of your dog’s digestive system to tolerate them. You can never go wrong by soliciting your veterinarian’s opinion.
Dogs love chewing on bones. They are mentally stimulating, they are great for a dog’s teeth, and the small bits of bone a dog scrapes off are a good source of calcium.
The issue with all types of bones is that they can splinter, cause perforation or obstruction in the digestive tract, or fracture your dog’s teeth. Most dogs should be able to digest a small amount of bone, but before allowing unsupervised consumption, you should be fully aware of how fast your dog can break into a bone. Take bones away from your dog and inspect every 15 minutes; if you notice large pieces missing or cracks in the bone, it’s time to throw it away. Do not allow your pet to gnaw bones to a size that they could swallow.
Poultry bones should be avoided because their porous nature makes them likely to splinter. Instead, look for beef marrowbones; they have a delicious center filling and the bones are thicker, so they are less likely to splinter.
Cooking destroys the structural integrity of all bones, making them more likely to fracture, so cooked bones should never be fed to a dog.
3- MILK PRODUCTS
In our house, dogs get a very small splash of reduced-fat milk or plain low-fat yogurt in the morning; we call it their puppy coffee. Every once in a while, we give the dogs small pieces of cheese or scrape out the cheese grater into a lucky dog’s bowl. However, many dogs lose their ability to process lactose shortly after being weaned (just like some humans do). Our dogs consume dairy products without issue only because we keep it to a minimum. I’ve talked to many people whose dog has suddenly had a bout of diarrhea, and many times it goes back to the overfeeding of cheese. If you know your dog can eat cheese in small amounts, then it’s okay to share.
The leaves and pit of the avocado contain the toxin person, known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal irritation. The greatest concern comes from Guatemalan avocados, and less from California Hass
avocados. Avocado flesh is rich in nutrients and has essential fatty acids that can help improve your dog’s skin and coat, but excessive fat intake can cause some of the above digestive symptoms as well, so limit the amount you feed to your dog.
Whether the liver in question is beef, chicken, or something more exotic, dogs will do just about anything for the liver. The liver is rich in vitamins A and D; so rich, in fact, that it should be no more than 5 percent of a dog’s diet. This makes it better as a treat or snack rather than as a meal. Even when providing treats, do so in moderation to avoid digestive upset. Terriers, in particular, can accumulate excessive amounts of copper in their livers, resulting in hepatitis, lethargy, vomiting, and weight loss, so treats with liver should be avoided altogether for these dogs.
3 The Most Healthy Dog Food
Any time you give your dog something new, do so in small increments to see how your pet’s palate and stomach tolerate it. So the first time you give your dog a new food, use about one-quarter of the reasonable daily amount and then move up to one-half the next time, and so on. If you notice any foods that aren’t tolerated, discontinue them.
If your dog simply turns his nose up, try again when he’s really hungry. We repeatedly offered the dogs banana, only to be rejected, and finally, Chloe (who would previously only eat meat or cheese snacks) tried a slice and deemed it worthy of her notice. Now every day Chloe waits patiently for a slice. For some dogs, new textures are exciting, but other dogs may need some coaxing. If your dog won’t eat a carrot, for example, try shredding carrots into the food. Once a dog starts learning that new food is okay, he’s more likely to try it on its own.
Apples and Pears
Mangos and Papayas
Plums and Apricots
Green Beans and Snap Peas
Bell Peppers (Red, Yellow, Orange)
Sweet Potatoes and Yams
Yes, dogs love cheese, and it’s hard to resist sharing. Unfortunately, it’s high in fat, and many adult dogs have lost their ability to process dairy products. Whether it is cheddar, Parmesan, goat cheese, or cream cheeses, if you’re considering sharing some scraps with your dog, do so in moderation.
Eggs are the perfect protein source, and your dog will surely love them. Sharing with your dog is also a great way to practice your omelet-making skills. Cook the dog’s eggs before you cook your own to prevent any salt or pepper from getting into the eggs.
A little plain low-fat yogurt adds beneficial bacteria to help your dog’s digestive system and brings zing to the breakfast bowl. Steer clear of flavored yogurt with added sugar because it adds unnecessary calories and flavorings, which might turn your dog away.