Chocolate And Other Food That Are Bad For Your Dog

We treat our dogs just like children or human companions, but that doesn’t mean that what we enjoy eating will be good for them. Here are a few food items that you shouldn’t feed your dogs on.

  1. Chocolate (in any form) – chocolate contains theobromine which is toxic to dogs because of their inability to break it down. The symptoms of the toxin include vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures.
  2. Candy – some candies use xylitol as a sweetener. The chemical can lead to liver damage in dogs.
  3. Grapes and raisins – it’s still unknown what makes these bad for dogs but they’ve been known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, and acute kidney failure.
  4. Onion, shallots, chives, and garlic – they contain N-propyl disulfide which causes the breakdown of red blood cells. The toxin causes bloody urine and acute anemia in dogs.
  5. Milk and dairy – dogs are not equipped to digest the long protein found in cow’s milk. Ingestion can cause allergic reactions and digestive system disturbances.
  6. Caffeine, nuts, and spices – caffeine is chemically similar to theobromine. Nuts like macadamia can cause internal bleeding and pancreatic damage. Spices like nutmeg can give hallucinations and seizures. So, keep your Pumpkin Spice Latte to yourself.
  7. Excess salt, sugar, and fat – for the same reason why too much of these are bad for people.
  8. Spoiled or moldy food – also for the same reason why these are bad for people too.
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