You feel very tempted to share your delicious meal with your pooch, right? Besides, it’s tough to ignore those puppy-dog eyes begging for a bite. But take a minute to think before you spoil your fur-baby. Being a good and responsible pet parent is knowing when to say yes or no and sticking with your decision. Some foods are unquestionably bad for pets, especially dogs, and can lead to hundreds of health problems. Even if they have taken them in the past without a problem, they might be causing severe underlying issues that could cause problems for them in the future. Here are foods that you should avoid giving your dog, regardless of how much they beg.
Foods that are high in fat like bacon, meat, and ham can easily cause pancreatitis. Also, because they tend to be high in salt, they can lead to stomach upsets or even bloat in extreme cases, which can lead to death! So stick to leaner options for your four-legged friend.
Watermelon with seeds
Should you give your dog watermelon? Yes, and no. While watermelon is not unsafe for dogs, your puppy and the fruit’s seeds should not mix. The seeds can block their intestines and may turn deadly in seconds if you don’t seek help immediately. Similarly, most fruits, including watermelon, are usually high in sugar, which is not good for your pet. Too much sugar can easily cause stomach upsets, weight gain, diabetes, and tooth decay in the long run.
Now, this doesn’t mean that watermelon is generally unhealthy for dogs. As with any other type of food, moderation is key. According to this post about watermelon on Fuzzy Rescue, the fruit’s flesh must be scooped or cut from the rind (the rind is indigestible). Also, the seeds must be removed to prevent any form of intestine blockage once they reach the pet’s digestive system.
Grapes and Raisins
Raisins and grapes have been linked to kidney failure in some dogs. So, you do not want to try and find out with your pet! Diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy can occur within a couple of hours after ingestion.
Onions and Garlic
These contain compounds that have been associated with damaged red blood cells, anemia, and gastroenteritis in animals. Signs of garlic or onion poisoning include orange to dark urine, weakness, and lethargy. Japanese breeds like Shiba Inus and Akitas are usually more sensitive to onions and garlic.
Alcohol contains ethanol, which can easily cause intoxication. Symptoms of intoxication include; seizures, muscle tremors, excessive panting, vomiting, and restlessness. Pets that show these signs should be monitored by a qualified vet closely until they recover because they can lead to organ failure or even death.
If you are not sure of what foods to avoid giving your dog, consult your veterinarian. A general rule of thumb is always to avoid feeding your pup any human food that you are unsure of. Simply stick to a diet that is particularly designed for your pet’s nutritional needs to prevent unnecessary weight gain as well as other serious problems.