Dogs make the cutest faces when they want food from your plate. They’ll make you feel guilty, and naturally, you’ll give in. Don’t feel too bad. It’s okay to give in with certain foods.
These are human foods your dog should never eat
- Onions, Garlic, and Chives
- Raw Meat and Eggs
- Salty Snack Foods
- Milk and Dairy Products
Onions, Garlic, and Chives
Every culinary masterpiece has specific seasonings and cooked with other foods, such as onions, garlic, and chives to enhance the flavor of the dish. Your dog smells the same aroma from the food as you do, and wants a taste. No matter how hard your dog begs, this is one time you do not want to give in. Although garlic is the most toxic of these foods, they all cause
- Irritation of the mouth
- Inflammation of the GI tract
More severe concerns of your dog consuming these foods is when allium (found in garlic), begins to target red blood cells and ruptures them, causing a fatal reaction.
Almonds, especially ones that are salted, should not be given to your dog. Almonds in general do not cause as severe a reaction like pecans, macadamia nuts, and walnuts, but the effects almonds have on dogs are ones you will want to avoid. Too often, dogs don’t chew their food entirely which can cause their esophagus to become blocked with small pieces of almond. Salted nuts are complete out of the question because they can increase water retention. These effects can be worse if your dog currently has or is prone to heart disease.
If you’re a chocolate lover, you may be heartbroken you can’t share the sweet goodness with your furry friend, but there’s a good reason. Chocolate contains an extremely toxic and deadly ingredient called methylxanthines. This ingredient interferes with your dog’s metabolic process, and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Dark chocolate is the most toxic type of chocolate. Even in small amounts, chocolate can be fatal to your dog. The toxic ingredient in this treat is theobromine. Dogs and humans can digest this ingredient, but dogs take longer which allows the ingredient to collect in highly toxic levels. Larger dogs can consume more chocolate than smaller dogs before experiencing any side effects.
Raw Meat and Eggs
Unlike cartoons, bones are not healthy or a good treat for your dog. Dogs can choke on bones, as well as, sustain a serious injury due to bone splinters. These splinters can poke holes in your dog’s digestive tract. Raw eggs and meat or undercooked meat contains the toxic bacteria E. coli and Salmonella. Due to avidin, an enzyme found in raw eggs, your dog will experience problems with their skin and coat due to lack of biotin.
Salty Snack Foods
Your dog may experience depression, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, and elevated body temperature due to their consumption of salty snack foods. These food types can cause frequent urination and dehydration. Chips, popcorn, and pretzels are examples of heavily salted snack foods that should be avoided. Make sure you pick up snacks and other items that may have dropped on the floor to prevent your dog from getting sick.
Milk and Dairy Products
Your dog lacks the enzyme, lactase, to break down the lactose protein, which means they are lactose intolerant. Side effects from consuming these products are not as severe as the consumption of other foods, you still don’t want your dog to vomit, have an upset stomach or have diarrhea.
Dogs are great companions and very much like people, but there are certain foods that should never be given to your furry family member. There are a lot of dog foods and snacks available that your dog will love and enjoy. The snacks are healthy and contain real meat and vegetables.