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Are there certain foods that we should not give to our dog?

There are a lot of foods in large quantities, and some even in small, would be a potential hazard to your pet!

Our recommendation is to avoid following foods:

  • Any type of bones, including pork, poultry and beef – there is a serious danger to stuck in the mouth, throat or digestive system of your pet and lead to serious consequences that may require surgery.
  • Chocolate – it contains a substance teobormin, causing palpitations, central nervous system stimulation and constriction of arteries. Clinical symptoms can be various – from nausea, diarrhea, anxiety and irritability to severe heart failure, seizure with convulsions and even death.
  • Milk – in the animals often lack the enzyme needed to digest lactose (milk sugar). This is the reason why the consumption of milk is the cause of various gastrointestinal problems, including – diarrhea, vomiting and other like that.
  • Much of the food in our daily routine contain salt. The salt is very harmful for your pets. It leads to increased thirst and urination, and in large quantities it leads to sodium poisoning. Clinical signs of poisoning with salt include vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, fever, depression, convulsions and even death! Large dogs that eat salty food, drink lots of water, which can lead to life-threatening condition – expansion of the stomach.
  • Meat delicacies and products – in addition to the high fat content, they contain a lot of salt, which as we already mentioned is very dangerous. Intake of meat delicacies can cause severe stomach pain or pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
  • Onions – it is toxic for animals because it contains the substance allyl propyl disulfide, which damages red blood cells. Animals develop anemia, weakness, breathing problems.
  • Caffeine – it contains methylated xanthine which as chocolate, stimulates the central nervous system and heart, and after a few hours can cause vomiting, irritability, heart palpitations and even death.
  • Raisins and grapes – recent researches showed that they may cause kidney failure in animals.
  • Raw meat and eggs can contain within itself different bacteria such as Salmonella, E.coli. They could be harmful both to animals and to humans. Raw eggs contain a substance that prevents the absorption of vitamin B.
  • The macadamia is one of the foods that until recently was not known to have a toxic effect on animals. It is still not clear which of the substances in macadamia act toxic and it is not clear the mechanism by which they act. Clinical signs associated with this poisoning are developing weakness and inability to walk, especially in the back limbs, vomiting, a bad gait, tremors and hypothermia.
  • The core of apple or apricots and other fruits which contains cyanogenic glycosides. They are toxic both to humans and to animalsAfter ingestion of such seeds or their core, can be observed the following symptoms – dizziness, seizures, fainting, rapid breathing, shock, coma or even death.
  • The leaves of avocado may cause myocardial necrosis
  • Alcohol even in small amounts is also toxic.
  • Xylitol (sweetener) which is contained in “Sugar free” foods leads to severe hypoglycemia and liver failure in dogs.