You’ve probably heard that you should never feed your dog any chocolate. While this advice holds ground, it’s far from the only human-grade food, which isn’t safe for pooch-consumption. Most pet owners have experienced being tempted to treat their favorite companion with a break from the daily kibble with some human grade food. While done in the best intentions, some of the most ordinary kitchen ingredients can be very harmful to dogs, which can lead to sickness and in worst case; death. This confirms the fact that dog food is a wary field, which needs to be treated with great caution.
This list includes some of the main problem-causing foods, which are often fed to dogs unknowingly of their harmful effects:
- Avocado: Although avocado is widely known for its health benefits for humans, the same isn’t true for dogs. Though the pit and plant bark is most concern, all avocados contain the toxic persin, which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea among dogs.
- Corn on the Cob: Although corn can be safely consumed by dogs in moderate amount, it is not advised to feed your dog corn on the knob. If pieces of the cob are accidentally eaten, it can block of your dog’s intestines and potentially be fatal.
- Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins might seem like the perfect treat for dogs, but this statement couldn’t be more wrong. Despite their small size, grapes and raisins are extremely toxic for dogs. Even small amount eaten can lead to kidney failures and death. If you ever suspect your dog has eaten any grapes or raisins, it must be treated as a medical emergency.
- Macadamia Nuts: Though the specific reason for macadamia toxicity in dogs is unknown, it’s best to keep this snack to yourself. Though fatalities are rare, any amount of macadamia nuts is sure to cause discomfort for your dog.
- Onions, chives, and garlic: These ingredients stand as a backbone in most kitchen recipes, which is the exact reason why so many pets get to experience their side effects. If you’re feeding your dog leftovers or processed products- chances are that they contain one of these ingredients. Whether chopped, boiled, cooked or made into spice powder it can lead to life-threatening anemia if not caught and treated in time.
Although a lot of human foods are dangerous for dogs, there are some snacks that you can safely share with your dog. This includes blueberries, small pieces of carrot, coconut or peanut butter- but when in doubt which foods you can safely feed your dog, it’s best to ask your veterinarian.