If you are like most pet owners, you consider your dog to be a member of the family. You want what is best in caring for those you love, including your favorite canine. In meeting the care needs of your dog, you ensure a safe home environment, lots of love, attention, toys and proper diet. However, you must remember that, in showing how much you care, it is imperative that you know some table foods you should never give your dog; foods that may be tasty to you, yet hazardous to your family pet. Seven table foods you should never feed your dog includes:
Chocolate Unless you are a new pet owner, you probably are aware of the dangers that chocolate can present to dogs. All pet owners need to keep a tight lock on their cupboards full of chocolate bars, chips and other types of chocolate treats. Despite how tasty this treat is to humans, the ingredient in chocolate, known as theobromine can be toxic and poisonous to your dog. Chocolate can affect the pet's heart and nervous system, which can have fatal results if not treated quickly. The best treatment is keep your chocolate locked up!
Avocado Avocado leaves, seeds, fruit and the bark all contain persin that can lead to respiratory distress, diarrhea and vomiting in your dog. Your pet may suffer also with congestion and fluid retention around the heart, and have fatal results. Although the effects of the fruit vary from dog to dog, it is best to avoid feeding it to your pet.
Milk and Dairy Milk and milk by-products are not the best choices for your dog and can lead to stomach distress, digestive problems and diarrhea. Milk may do the body good for you but not when it comes to your dog.
Sugar-free foods that Contain Xylitol We are all conscientious about our health, weight and appearance, often stocking our pantries and cabinets with sugar-free products. The problem is with one of the ingredients in many of these items known as Xylitol. Although the Xylitol does not affect the human in negative ways, it can lead to a severe and rapid drop in the blood sugar level in your dog and may even lead to liver failure. Dogs can begin to vomit, go into a seizure, become weak and become fatal if not treated immediately. Never give your dog anything sugar-free.
Macadamia Nuts It is not the best idea to give your dog any nuts, not only for toxic reasons but to avoid choking and uneasiness. Macadamia nuts are the most toxic nuts for dogs and can lead to weakness, vomiting, neurological symptoms, inability to walk and tremors. Aside from an occasional taste of peanut butter, avoid giving your dog any nuts, especially Macadamia nuts.
Grapes and Raisins At one time in your life as a pet owner, you may have taken pleasure in giving your dog a grape, just to watch the pet slap and chase it around for a while before consuming it. However, this fruit has been linked to kidney problems in dogs and should be avoided, whether fresh or in raisin form.
Onions and Garlic Common ingredients in most homes used for and during cooking is onions, all forms, and garlic. These are great for our food flavoring but onions and garlic has negative effects on your dog's red blood cells, depending on how much is consumed. If your dog ingests onions and garlic, the substance in these products can lead to anemia and should be avoided.
There are many other foods that are best not served to your favorite canine. The best you can do for your dog is stick to a healthy, nutritionally balanced dog food and avoid all table scraps.