Dogs are man’s best friend, right?
And when those sweet puppy-dog eyes come along and stare at you, begging for a bite of food, it can be hard not to give in.
However before you offer Fido a piece of your dinner, it’s important to recognize some foods which we as humans love, can be harmful – deadly even – to our furry family members.
Keep reading to learn more about nutrition for dogs, and some of the foods which you should never share – no matter how much they make puppy-dog eyes at you.
Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat
So what is safe to share and what should you keep away from your dog at all costs?
While some of these may seem like common sense (I don’t think many people are sharing their beer with their pets) others may not be so obvious.
Keep reading to learn what you should never feed your dog.
Even though you might love a nice glass of beer or wine after a long day, this treat that humans love can be very dangerous for your dog.
Alcohol does the same thing to a dog’s liver and brain as it does for humans, however it only takes a very small amount to see adverse effects.
From vomiting and diarrhea, to problems with coordination, difficulty breathing, coma, and death – it’s probably best for Fido to stick to water.
Although for many humans, coffee is an essential substance needed to start the day, it’s not the same for dogs.
Caffeine in coffee – as well as things like cocoa, cola, and chocolate can be fatal for dogs.
Curling up with a nice ‘cuppa tea, good book, and your dog at your feet may seem like the perfect way to spend a quiet afternoon.
Just don’t share your tea with your dog – as with coffee, the caffeine in tea can be harmful.
Xylitol is a commonly used sweetener, often used in candy, gum, and diet foods.
If your dog gets his paws on it, it can lead to low blood sugar and liver failure.
Symptoms to watch for include vomiting, lethargy, and seizures.
5. Macadamia Nuts
For humans, macadamia nuts can be a great, and healthy snack.
High in protein, fibre, and healthy fats – what’s not to love?
For dogs however, it’s a different story.
As few as six macadamia nuts can be enough to cause symptoms such as vomiting, fever, and weakness.
6. Pitted Fruits
Pits from peaches, persimmons, and plums can be primarily problematic for your precious pup.
Say that five times fast.
The bottom line is pits from fruits can become lodged in the small intestine and cause problems and blockages.
Additionally, some fruit pits contain cyanide which is poisonous to both humans and dogs, but your dog doesn’t know to avoid them.
7. Uncooked Dough
Who doesn’t love to sneak a taste of cookie dough when making baked goods?
Even though we’ve all heard many times over about how you shouldn’t do this – I know I’m guilty.
And this habit, while bad for humans, is also bad for dogs.
The risks are the same for both of us – salmonella or E. coli which can be found in raw eggs.
8. Baking Soda
Baking soda is very handy to have around the house, and can have many uses – who doesn’t have a box in their fridge to absorb food odours?
However this useful product can be harmful to pets if ingested in large amounts.
Did you spill some baking soda and your sneaky pup managed to lick some up before you could clean it?
Watch for vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, tremors, and seizures.
These symptoms will generally occur within three hours of ingestion.
Nutmeg can invoke feelings of warmth, and make us think of the holidays, however before you offer your new pup a taste of grandma’s favourite cookies, consider this may not be the best idea.
Nutmeg contains a compound called Myristicin which is toxic to dogs.
In high doses, it can cause hallucinations, disorientation, increased heart rate and blood pressure, abdominal pain, and seizures.
In smaller amounts, you may see mild vomiting or diarrhea, or possibly no side effects at all.
When hosting holiday parties, be sure to tell your guests not to feed any snacks to your dog – no matter how much they beg, it’s not worth the risk.
10. Sugary Food
Too much sugary food can have the same effects on dogs as it does on people.
It can lead to weight gain, diabetes, and teeth problems.
Avoid health issues in the future by avoiding sharing sweet treats with your dog today.
What To Do If Your Dog Eats Something Toxic
So despite your best attempts to keep these foods away from your dog, she somehow managed to get her sneaky paws on some anyways.
Be sure to always keep your vet’s phone number, as well as that of your local emergency vet on-hand for these types of emergencies.
The ASPCA also has an Animal Poison Control Center which can be reached at (888) 426-4435.
If you suspect your dog has ingested harmful foods, or they are showing adverse symptoms be sure to contact your vet straight away.
Bickford Park Animal Hospital is a veterinary clinic in Toronto, located across from Christie Pits park, committed to the highest level of caring and treatment for cats and dogs.