Feeding Time: Do You Know What Your Dog Should Not Eat?

April 30, 2016

Just because you enjoy eating certain foods does not mean your dog will – or that it is even safe for your dog to consume those items. While there are plenty of people-friendly foods that are safe for your dog, there are also a large majority that are highly toxic and even fatal. Animals have a different type of metabolism than humans and therefore, you should avoid feeding your dog anything that is potentially harmful.

What Foods Can My Dog NOT Eat?

You should consult with your veterinarian before adding any not-pet-approved foods to your dog’s diet just to be sure, but some foods you must definitely avoid include:

  • Apple Seeds – While your dog can eat apples, the seeds are highly toxic because they contain amygdalin – which releases cyanide when your dog digests it. It is more of an issue when your dog consumes a large volume at once, but to be safe, you should avoid apple seeds at all costs.
  • Avocado – Avocados contain Persin, which can lead to vomiting, diarrhea and heart congestion.
  • Cooked Bones – You might be tempted to give your dog a cooked bone to gnaw on, but these could easily splinter and harm your dog.
  • Candy and/or Chewing Gum – These have sugar as well as Xylitol, which can lead to an over-release of insulin, which in turn, causes kidney failure.
  • Cat Food – This is designed for cats for a reason. Cat foods have high protein and fat levels that are too much for your dog’s digestive system.
  • Chocolate – Chocolate contains theobromine and theophylline, which can lead to panting, vomiting and diarrhea, and even damage your dog’s cardiovascular system.
  • Fish – Salmon and trout more specifically. These can be fatal to dogs if the fish is infected with the Nanophyetus salmincola, because they contain Neorickettsia helminthoeca, a substance which is fatal to dogs if left untreated.
  • Grapes and Raisins – Grapes contain toxins that destroy a dog’s liver and raisins too.
  • Macadamia Nuts – These contain toxins that inhibit your dog’s locomotory activities, which results in weakness, panting, swollen limbs and tremors.
  • Onions and Chives – Whether they are raw, cooked, dried or even in powder form, they are dangerous to your dog. They contain disulfides and sulfoxides, which can lead to anemia and damage your dog’s red blood cells.
  • Peaches and Plums – There are fruits your dog can eat, but there are those that can be troublesome. Peaches, plums and even persimmon pits can block the intestines.

If you are not home during the day to watch your dog and make sure he is not eating something he should not, consider taking your pet to a trusted doggy daycare.

The team at Stella Ruffington’s Doggy Daycare can watch your dog while you are at work or even board them while you are away on business. With us, you can rest assured we know what your dog can eat and we only feed dogs in our facility the very best. Contact us online with your questions about our doggy daycare or call 206-932-RUFF for more information.

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