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What foods shouldn’t dogs eat?

In Dogs, Pet Healthby Emotional Pet Support TeamLeave a Comment

As you spend more time with your pet, you are most likely to snack together on almost everything. While a slice of seedless apple is healthy for your dog, a piece of chocolate may not be. According to the Animal Poison Control Centers, the following human foods are a no-no for Bingo. 

  1. Sugar

Sugar is not toxic for dogs but it has no health benefits either. It only adds unnecessary calories that lead to obesity and diabetes in dogs. Keep your dog off donuts, sauces, or any juices that contain sugar with them. Instead, feed him healthy fruit with natural sugars in them. 

  • Salt 

A little salt is not bad but too much of it can cause problems. A little salt is necessary for maintaining healthy body cells. But too much salt or salty snacks can cause your dog to drink and pee a lot. In extreme cases, salt poisoning can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or seizures. 

So no matter how much your pup whines for a piece of pretzel or popcorn, do not let him have any. 

  • Chocolate 

Chocolate donuts, chocolate bars, hot chocolate or anything with chocolate in it should not be fed to pets. Chocolate has an ingredient called theobromine which is toxic to dogs. High levels of theobromine in dogs can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and, in worse cases, death. 

  • Onions and Garlic 

Onion and garlic are strictly off-limit because they contain compounds that destroy red blood cells. Nutritional vets have discovered that onions, garlic, chives, and cloves, put any dog at risk of developing hemolytic anemia.

Keep your dog off anything with onion and garlic either in vegetable or powdered form. 

  • Dairy Products 

Few pet parents know that dogs and cats have trouble digesting dairy products. Dairy products are broken down by the enzyme lactase. Dogs have this enzyme but not in the required amount. 

Not all pets develop an allergy to dairy products. But if you notice your dog having diarrhea or an upset stomach after drinking milk or eating cheese, then they are lactose intolerant.

  • Spices 

Dogs have no taste buds for spices like humans do. However, dogs can feel the effects of spices like chilly. Besides the burning feeling in the throat, your dog may develop stomach diseases because of the ingredient capsaicin in chilies.Also, keep your dog away from ginger, jalapenos, or pepperoni.

We know how tempting it is to feed your dog a slice of pizza or fudge. But a lot of the snacks we binge on contain ingredients that can harm your pet. But we did not leave Bingo out, here is a quick healthy sweet potato snack recipe your pup will love. 

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