Human Foods Dangerous to Dogs
All dog owners must be aware that not all human foods can be given to the dog. Dogs are well loved pets thus foods eaten by the owner will be shared with the pet. Pieces of hotdog, ham and bread are usually given to the dog and used as training treats but some people food must not be given to dogs because the dangerous effects they have on the health of the pet.
Fruits are good for humans. These refreshing foods are loaded with vitamins. Not all fruits though can be given to Fido. Grapes for instance have an unknown toxic substance that when eaten by the dog in large amounts can cause kidney damage. Avocado is another fruit that is unsafe for dogs. The dog must not be allowed near an avocado tree as not only the fruit is poisonous but also the leaves, bark and seed. Avocado is a yummy and healthy fruit for humans but in dogs, this fruit can cause diarrhea and vomiting. Dogs can die from eating avocado as the fruit can cause fluid to accumulate in the dog’s heart resulting to breathing difficulties.
A dog owner that loves chocolate must ensure that this comfort food is kept out of reach of the pet. Chocolates and other products that contain caffeine like coffee and tea has methylxanthines, a substance that is dangerous to dogs. This substance would cause vomiting and diarrhea. Ingesting these foods will make the dog hyperactive. Dogs will pant excessively as methylxanthines cause abnormal beating of the heart. Chocolate bars in small quantities may cause vomiting and diarrhea but the heart will not be affected but if the pet has eaten large amounts of baking chocolate it is imperative for the pet to have urgent medical attention as this type of chocolate is fatal to dogs.
Fish is for Garfield and not for Fido. In dogs, thiamine deficiency is the result of consuming large quantities of fish. Dog with thiamine deficiency would have poor appetite and can have seizures. Severe cases of this condition can result to the death of the pet.
No matter how the dog begs refrain from giving the table scraps to the dog. Avoid giving the dog bones that can lacerate or obstruct the digestive tract. Giving the dog fat trimmings must be avoided as well. Dogs regularly given table scraps and other greasy people food would develop pancreatitis, a condition that is characterized by the inflammation of the pancreas. Dogs with pancreatitis will suffer from severe abdominal pain, depression and poor appetite.
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