If you’re a dog owner, you’ve probably experienced the all-too-familiar scene of your precious fur baby waiting under the dining table for a scrap or two from your plate. But before you toss anything into your pupper’s mouth, here’s a list of the most dangerous human foods that you shouldn’t be feeding them.
According to the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), the average number of chocolate toxicity cases in the United States is 48 per day. It’s one of the top human foods that cause poisoning in dogs due to how accessible it is to them. Theobromine, which is found in chocolate, cannot be easily metabolized in a dog’s body therefore causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and more complications which can eventually lead to death. Chocolate can be very dangerous for your dog even in small doses so it’s best to keep this sugary treat to yourself.
Holy guacamole! Avocados can be a good kind of fat for humans but this fruit contains persin which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. The biggest danger when your pet gets a hold of an avocado is if they accidentally eat the pit which is chock-full of persin and can also be a choking hazard.
3. Caffeine in Coffee and Tea.
If you’re an avid fan of coffee or tea, store it in a place your pet can’t get to. Two or three accidental laps of coffee or tea might not be something to worry about, but if they ingest even a small amount of coffee grounds, tea leaves, and coffee beans, it can be fatal. Like Theobromine in chocolate, caffeine can cause tachycardia, nausea, vomiting, hypertension, seizures and death.
4. Citrus Fruits.
Citric acid in fruits and essential oils can cause irritation in the digestive system and can also affect a dog’s central nervous system. Though it poses no harm in small amounts, citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines, and clementines are high in sugars and can cause a spike in the amount of sugar in your dog’s body. This can cause complications like obesity and diabetes in dogs.
While humans get alcohol poisoning from drinking too much, alcohol can pose the same threat to dogs. But since dogs have a smaller body size than humans do, they’re more likely to be affected even when they ingest even a small amount of alcohol. Giving a dog alcoholic beverages can cause depression, vomiting, even a coma, and ultimately, death.
6. Macadamia Nuts.
Macadamia nuts can cause pancreatitis in dogs due to their high fatty content. After eating them, dogs can experience vomiting, lack of appetite, stomach pain, and a decrease in their activity level. If symptoms worsen and you notice that your dog has a high fever or has difficulty walking, it’s best to bring them to the vet as soon as possible. Even just a small amount of macadamia nuts can cause pancreatitis in dogs.
7. Milk and Dairy.
Your doggo will most likely get the poops if he drinks milk because of the lactase that breaks down lactose in milk which dogs cannot process in their digestive tracts. If not attended to, diarrhea can lead to complications like dehydration.
8. Raw or Undercooked Meat.
Though dogs may have evolved from wolves, they don’t have the same hunger or tolerance for raw meat. There can also be harmful bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella that can be found in raw or undercooked meat which affects dogs like how they affect humans. If you want to give your dog a tasty and meaty treat, give them something lean and cooked.
Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t safe to give your dog a bone. Small bones that splinter can cause dogs to choke or get hurt from sharp points when they swallow them. Sharp bones can also puncture a dog’s digestive tract and will not be digested. Stick to FDA approved doggy treats!
Many products that can be accessible to dogs can contain Xylitol. Candies, gums, baked goods, and toothpaste found at home are just some of the things that dogs should not eat but can be exposed to. Xylitol can cause a release in insulin which leads to hypoglycaemia. In some species of dogs, this insulin release can cause the liver to fail within a few days.