Often, in the desire to humanize our loyal companions, we feed them some foods that are actually more suitable for humans and other animals. But what we fail to realize is that they are very unsuitable for canine meals, causing some pretty serious conditions. Here are 25 foods your dog should never eat and what problems they can cause.
1. Chocolate, coffee, tea and caffeinated products
These foods contain caffeine and theobromine, substances that act on the nervous system and heart and may be harmful to a dog. The most harmful are dark chocolate and baking chocolate, which can also cause deficiency in vitamin B1.
2. Pork and sausages
These foods contain large amounts of fat and affect the gastrointestinal tract and liver and can cause diarrhea.
3. Beef or pork bones
Bone fragments can lodge in the intestinal tract and this can cause serious problems and it can only take surgery to fix the problem.
4. Chicken and fish bones
Again, bones are something you should avoid feeding to your dog, although many dog owners think that dogs love them. Chicken and fish bones can cause perforation and obstruction of the digestive system.
5 Raw liver
Administered in large quantities, raw liver can produce toxic effects and damage the muscular and skeletal system.
6. Food for cats
Cat food is too rich in protein and fat, making it unsuitable for dogs.
7. Fat from bacon, raw meat, lard
It can cause pancreatitis, a condition difficult to treat in dogs.
8. Raw meat
Raw meat may contain Salmonella or Clostridium bacteria that cause food poisoning. Imagine how bad you feel if you get food poisoning. Your dog will feel the same.
9. Raw fish meat
Raw fish meat causes thiamine deficiency (vitamin B1). Frequent and regular intake causes loss of appetite, nerve disorders, ataxia, seizures.
10. Raw eggs
Raw eggs have a high content in avidin, a protein that decreases the absorption of biotin, causing hair loss and skin disorders. Raw eggs are a common host for Salmonella bacteria that causes the disease called salmonellosis.
Many animals are lactose intolerant, so milk can cause diarrhea, vomiting and other intestinal problems.
12. Foods rich in onions or garlic
The contain sulfates, chemical compounds that affect red blood cells causing anemia and respiratory difficulty. Onions are more toxic than garlic and the effects are cumulative.
12. Food scraps from the table
They should not exceed 10% of the daily diet.
13. Raw bread dough
This accumulates in the stomach or intestine, causing swelling and obstruction.
14. Sugary foods
They not only can cause obesity, but also dental problems and diabetes.
15. Sweets and candy containing xylitol (a sweetener in sugar-free products)
This substance can determine hypoglycaemic coma if nothing is done on time.
16. Grapes and raisins
Grapes and raising contain toxic substances part of the mycotoxins family, especially Ochratoxin A, a natural contaminant in these fruits developed after improper storage conditions. It accumulates in the body and causes kidney failure.
17. Pips from apricots, peaches, plums, cherries, apples
They contain cyanide and can cause death of the animal. In addition, they can cause intestinal obstruction.
Avocado is very toxic to dogs, cats and other animals. It contains persin and affects the respiratory system, heart and other tissues.
19. Hazelnuts and macadamia nuts
They are highly toxic, affecting the digestive, nervous and muscular system. In 12 hours after ingestion, vomiting occurs, ataxia, fever and tachycardia. If the animal ingests chocolate with hazelnuts, it can even lead to kidney failure and death.
Persimmon seeds cause diarrhea or intestinal obstruction.
They contain various toxins can affect the digestive, nervous and muscular system and can even lead to coma and death.
Hops increases the number of heartbeat, determines heavy breathing and increases body temperature. In can lead to convulsions or death.
23. Alcoholic drinks
They have the same effects as in humans, but given the much smaller size of animals, they have more serious effects: they cause liver and brain damage and cause intoxication, coma or even death.
24. Lemon oily extract
It can cause vomiting.
25. Cigarette smoke
Not a food, but cigarette smoke affects the digestive and nervous system, enhances heart rate and ultimately leads to collapse and death.
Have you ever fed some of these foods to your dog?