Sharing food with your dog is an excellent way to reduce occurrences of theft and strengthen your relationship. A bite for you, a bite for them; it’s better than delivering leftovers to the dog bowl. Just because it comes from the table or the counter doesn’t mean it’s bad for your four-legged friend. But keep in mind that certain foods can wreak havoc on your dog’s body, causing severe health problems – and some of these common foods may surprise you. These are the worst foods you can feed your pet.
Your best friend should never ever eat chocolate as it’s toxic. Poisoning is caused by the caffeine and theobromine found in the candy, which are slowly processed in the body. Your pet reaches the time of peak concentration after half an hour (or an hour) and eliminates half of the ingested dose of caffeine in four to five hours. With theobromine, they don’t reach peak levels until after ten hours, and it takes seventeen and a half hours to eliminate it. If your furry friend has eaten chocolate, the best thing you can do is call the veterinær Nittedal for advice. Even a tiny bite of chocolate can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
Onions & Garlic
Whether fried or powdered, raw or cooked, onions and garlic are harmful to dogs. Like leeks and chives, onions and garlic are part of the Allium family, so they contain sulfoxides and disulfides that can damage red blood cells and cause hemolytic anemia. What happens is that red blood cells rupture and damage important organs. Even if your pooch is primarily a carnivore, they’ll eat foods prepared with onions and garlic. If your dog has been exposed, monitor them for a few days and be on the lookout for symptoms like pale gums, elevated heart rate, and weakness.
High-fat meats, such as chicken, aren’t recommended because ingestion might lead to gastrointestinal issues and even pancreatitis. It’s better to throw the skin out than to feed it to your four-legged friend. Resist those big eyes staring back at you and the gentle cries. Don’t give your dog a taste of what’s on your plate. If your pooch eats a lot of fatty foods, they’ll become overweight, so make an appointment at the dyrlege Nittedal for an exam and evaluate the overall health of your pup.
Mushrooms have made their way into our meals in the last few years, and they have delicious flavors that range from decadent to subtle. Can your best friend enjoy a nibble on fungi too? No. While some mushrooms are fine to eat, others are toxic, so it’s best to be on the safe side and avoid feeding your dog mushrooms. Symptoms of poisoning depend on the mushroom ingested, but they largely include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and excessive drooling. It’s an emergency that requires immediate hospitalization at a dyrlege.
Tomatoes & Potatoes
There are toxins in tomatoes that can harm your pet, such as solanine and tomatine, causing irritation of the stomach and intestinal lining. Ingesting unripe (green) tomatoes can lead to poisoning. If you give your dog boiled potatoes in small amounts, they should be fine. However, raw potatoes contain solanine. Always cook the potatoes before offering them to your furry friend, and make sure to check with your vet before adding them to their diet.