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Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog

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It is always nice gathering around the table with family and friends to enjoy a meal together, sharing a laugh, and spending some quality time with one another. The dishes that cover the table all hold scrumptious foods that you are excited to dig in to. You look at the floor to see your pup staring at you longingly, hoping to get a few scraps from your plate. You reach for a piece of fatty meat that you cut off of your pork chop to give it to your furry friend. But stop right there!

While those puppy eyes may be hard to say no to, feeding your dog scraps from the table is not only a bad habit but it can also be harmful to your furry friend. There are many human foods that your dog simple should not be given. While you may be giving your dog all of your scraps without another thought, we wanted to help give you more information so that you can keep your dog healthier!

At Royal Pets Market & Resort in Florida, we love pets and want to help owners know how to properly care for them. We offer veterinary services along with our pet market, pet resort, and grooming services, making us the one stop shop for all of your pet needs! We can help you with a huge variety of services and give you the information you need to keep your pet healthy, happy, and living their best life.

In this blog, we are going to talk about the foods you should not feed your dog. So, before you throw the fatty piece of meat in your dog’s food bowl, read this blog to learn what food you should avoid giving your pup. It could just help keep them safe and healthy.

Avocado

While we all love avocados, they should never be fed to your pup. Avocado contains what is called persin. If your dog eats too much persin, it can cause diarrhea and vomiting. Persin is found in the skin, seed, fruit, and leaves of the avocado. You also will want to make sure your dog never eats an avocado pit, since it can become stuck in the stomach or intestines and could be fatal.

Alcohol

Alcohol has the same effect on your pup’s brain and liver and it does on you, however, it takes a lot less alcohol to harm your dog. Just a small amount of alcohol, whether it is beer, liquor, or food with alcohol in it can be bad for your furry friend. If you give your dog alcohol, it could cause diarrhea, vomiting, breathing problems, coordination problems, coma, or even death. Never give your pet alcohol, it could severely harm your dog.

Onions and Garlic

Onions, garlic, and chives are also harmful to dogs. They can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could cause red blood cell damage. If your dog consumes a large amount of one of these foods, it can cause poisoning. Some signs that our dog may be poisoned after eating onion or garlic include weakness, vomiting, and breathing problems. If your dog accidentally eats some of this vegetable or herb, be sure to bring them to the vet right away.

Chocolate

This is a popular food that most dog owners know should never be fed to their dog. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is in all kinds of chocolate, but is strongest in dark and unsweetened baking chocolate. Theobromine is a stimulant that stops a dog's metabolic process and even a small amount of chocolate can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Large amounts can cause irregular heart function, seizures, and even death. Never feed your dog chocolate and be sure to keep it out of their reach. If they do eat chocolate, make sure to call your vet right away.

Fat Trimmings and Bones

When you are done with your t-bone steak, don’t give the fat trimmings and bone to your dog. The fat from meat, whether it is cooked or uncooked, can cause pancreatitis. It is tempting to give your dogs meat, but try to avoid it, at least the fatty parts. As for the bones, it may seem perfectly fine to give them bones to chew on since it is how their ancestors lived, but the bone may cause your pet to choke or leave splinters the get lodged in or puncture your dog’s digestive tract. Keep your pet safe and be sure not to feed them fatty meat or the bones!

Salt

Salt and salty snacks are also bad to feed your dog. If you feed your dog too much salt, it will cause them to become extremely thirsty, which will lead to excessive urination. Feeding your dog too much salt can also lead to sodium ion poisoning. Signs of this include diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, depression, high temperature, and seizures. It may even lead to death. Try not to share your salty snacks with your pet to help keep them safe!

These are a few of the many foods that you should avoid feeding your dog. Others include:

  • Macadamia nuts
  • Dairy
  • Bacon
  • Yeast
  • Raw dough
  • Peaches and plums
  • Grapes
  • Caffeine
  • Xylitol

To keep your dog as healthy and happy as possible, avoid feeding them any of these foods. If you can't remember what foods your dog can’t have, just avoid feeding them table scraps all together! This will help with the bad habit of begging and keep their weight in check.

If your pup eats something on this list and starts experiencing problems, be sure to contact our vets at Royal Pets Market & Resort. We can help take care of your dog and ensure they are healthy.