Dogs are generally not picky eaters. Most of the time, in fact, they would just take whatever you give them, after a sniff or two. Unfortunately, this is not a reason to be less vigilant about what they eat. According to vets, there are some foods that are harmful to dogs.
If you want to know which foods you should not feed your dog, here are the top three.
Aside from the fact that chocolate stains on dog clothes, they also pose a more serious concern for your canine pals. Chocolates apparently contain a substance called theobromine which can cause diarrhea and vomiting in dogs. Although harmless to humans, this chemical, especially in significant doses, has been known to cause breathing problems, seizures, and even death in dogs. So if you like eating chocolates, make sure your sweet stash is always kept safely out of reach.
Ice cream and other dairy products look like tempting treats for your canine pets. I’m sure most dogs will agree as well, but recent findings show otherwise. According to new studies, dogs, in general, do not have the required enzyme to breakdown sugar in cow’s milk. In fact, a lot of dogs are lactose intolerant. This means that if they ingest a considerable amount of dairy products, it can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems. To be safe, just avoid all dairy products as much as possible.
This last food item may be a bit controversial because there is a growing number of dog owners who are now shifting to a raw meat diet. Apparently, pets that are fed with raw meat tend to have healthier skin and better digestion. However, eating raw meat remains one of the easiest ways to catch parasites such as worms. If you do not cook the meat, your dog can ingest dormant but viable eggs or larvae from infected raw meat.
Remember, your dog’s health does not depend solely on whether he/she eats. What they eat is equally important as the frequency of their diet. Stay away from the foods above and ask your vet for the better and healthier options available for your canine pals.