Have you ever hesitated before giving your dog a bone, a cookie or a piece of onion? You may have been right to wonder if it was good for him! Here are 11 toxic foods for dogs, and how to take care of your pet in case of poisoning.
All dog owners are one day tempted to give their 4-legged friend, who stares at them with his irresistible pleading look, a bit of their dinner. But be very careful, because it is essential to know what you can and cannot feed your dog to ensure his health and well-being on a daily basis. Some are toxic in small doses, while other foods are dangerous for the dog in the long run.
Dog trainer, Jean-Luc draws up for you a list of 11 toxic foods for dogs.
1 – The bones
Cooked bones are dangerous for dogs. The bones become brittle after they are cooked which forms sagging when they break. The splinters have sharp edges and can get stuck in the teeth, causing choking or perforation of the stomach and intestinal walls. Never give chicken or rabbit bones. Preferably give it beef cartilage.
2 – Chocolate
Chocolate is dangerous for animals because it contains theobromine, a component that acts as a heart stimulant and as a diuretic. A large piece of chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea and above all hyperactivity first. Theobromine will either increase the heart rate or cause irregular heartbeats.
Death is even possible, especially if the dog is exercising. Large amounts of chocolate can poison or even kill a medium or large dog.
3 – Alcohol
Drinking a small amount of alcohol can confuse the dog, make him nervous and even aggressive in some cases. A high dose can inhibit the central nervous system, breathing, and heart rate, leading to death.
4 – Lactose
Adult dogs are intolerant to lactose present in milk which causes vomiting and diarrhea. It is extremely irritating for dogs and to be avoided for puppies who would not have access to their mother’s milk. In this case, you can buy formula milk for puppies developed in the laboratory for puppies not yet weaned.
You can still give them lactose-free milk which is not a toxic food for dogs, but only if it is extremely urgent and you absolutely have to feed a puppy and do not have access to lati for puppies. However, it will be necessary to buy it quickly so that baby dogs have all the nutrients they need for their growth.
5 – Onions
Onions are toxic to dogs because they contain allyl and propyl disulfide, which damage red blood cells in the blood while their production rate remains normal.
Poisoning can occur either through the ingestion of large amounts of onions by the dog or through repeated ingestion of smaller amounts. Dogs may have short breaths because the number of red blood cells (which carry oxygen) is reduced. Thus, onions are indeed toxic to dogs and can cause their death.
6 – Garlic
Garlic is dangerous for dogs because it contains a toxic substance, thiosulfate. It seems that it is still less harmful than onions and that large amounts should be absorbed to cause poisoning in dogs.
7 – Salted meats and ham
Rich in fats and preservatives, salted meats and hams are very dangerous for dogs. They produce stomach pain and pancreatitis. The high amount of salt in these meats can cause unusual consumption of water and cause gases that can kill the animal.
8 – Caffeine
Like chocolate, caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and the heart systems. Within hours of ingestion, caffeine can cause vomiting, restlessness, heart palpitations, and even death.
9 – The lawyer
Avocado is high in fat and it causes stomach pain, vomiting, and pancreatitis in dogs that eat it. The shell is toxic to dogs and can block the intestine.
10 – Tuna
Canned tuna is too high in salt and can cause kidney and heart problems. This also applies to cats! It is not a toxic food for dogs if it is eaten in a completely exceptional way, but should not be part of their daily diet.
There are, however, canned tuna for animals that are adapted to the needs of our four-legged friends.
11 – Grapes and raisins
Grapes – and even more so raisins – are toxic foods for dogs. They cause intestinal disorders in our four-legged friends, and can even give rise to kidney failure in severe cases.