It is a well-known fact that dogs should not eat our food as it might cause them serious health problems. On the other hand, it is almost impossible to resist those big cute eyes watching us eat our food. We all know that feeling, and we all (or at least some of us) sometimes give our dogs something they are not supposed to eat. Now, the question is – can a little “human” treat really hurt your dog? Well, it depends on what exactly it is and how much of that your furry friend has eaten. Although many dogs are (in some ways) treated like people by their owners, they are still dogs, and they have their own digestive system that is actually very different from ours. In other words, there are foods that are totally safe or even healthy for you but can be deadly for your dog. As nobody wants to see their dog suffer after eating something bad, knowing what foods are good for your doggie and what foods should never be given to him is very important. Therefore, we decided to do a bit of research on this topic and compile a list with 25 Harmful Foods Your Puppy Shouldn’t Eat. From chocolate and avocados to apples and bones, here are 25 foods that your dog should avoid.
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Dogs love chocolate, but in fact, it is one of the most dangerous foods for them. Chocolate contains a toxic component called theobromine that is easily metabolized by humans, but dogs process it much more slowly, allowing it to build up to toxic levels in their system. It can cause them dehydration, abdominal pains, severe agitation, muscle tremors, seizures, and death. The darker the chocolate is, the more dangerous it is for your dog as white chocolates are less toxic.
Avocado is known to be very healthy for humans, and it can be also delicious when prepared correctly, but your dog should avoid this fruit. Avocados contain a toxin called persin. Dogs can develop an upset stomach, breathing difficulties, and fluid buildup in the chest after eating an avocado. They can also swallow the big slippery pit that can cause serious problems in their stomach.
Whether it is beer, wine, or liquor, your dog should never be given any alcohol. Alcohol has the same detrimental effect on dogs as it has on humans. In dogs, however, it takes far less to do the damage. Naturally, it takes far less alcohol to intoxicate and poison an adult dog than it does for a fully grown adult human. After consuming even a small amount of alcohol, your dog might have diarrhea, depression, problems with coordination, breathing difficulties, etc.
Many people love onions and foods that contain them, but this popular vegetable can be extremely harmful for our dogs. All onions — whether cooked or raw — are a big danger to dogs as it takes a very small amount of onions to poison them. Consumption of as little as 15 to 30 g/kg has resulted in clinically important hematologic changes. Onion toxicosis is consistently noted in animals that ingest more than 0.5% of their body weight in onions at one time.
Of course, puppies drink milk after they are born, but it does not mean milk is okay for them later in life. Milk contains some good stuff such as proteins, vitamins, and minerals, but it also contains lactose that many dogs are intolerant to as they lack an enzyme that would break down that type of sugar. Generally, milk might not be as life-threatening as some other foods on the list, but it can still cause serious problems to your doggie.