We’ve all seen the look. The begging eyes, the lip smacking. Of course, we give in. Or, they get in and steal food. Lucy’s stolen a few sandwiches before. But, what actually is okay to feed them?
Here’s a list of foods that are NEVER okay to feed your dogs:
- Avocado: Avocado may contain persin, a toxic principle.
- Bread Dough: When raw, bread dough made with live yeast can be hazardous if ingested by dogs.
- Chocolate: Most people know this one. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine which are toxic to dogs. You can use this meter to gauge how serious the toxication is. This is not a replacement for a veterinarian visit.
- Ethanol (aka Ethyl Alcohol, Grain Alcohol and Drinking Alcohol): Even ingesting a small amount of ethanol can cause symptoms of alcohol intoxication in dogs.
- Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins can cause the development of kidney failure in dogs. At this time, it is unclear the reason why.
- Hops: Cultivated hops have been associated with potentially life-threatening signs in dogs who have eaten them.
- Macadamia Nuts: Macadamia nut toxicosis is unlikely to be fatal, but can cause uncomfortable side effects up to 48 hours.
- Moldy Foods: Nobody should eat moldy foods. Some molds can produce toxins called tremorgenic mycotoxins, which can cause serious or even fatal problems if ingested.
- Onions and Garlic: Just like vampires, dogs shouldn’t eat garlic. Or onions. All close members of the onion family contain compounds that can damage dog’s red blood cells.
- Xylitol: Ingestion of xylitol can lead to a rapid and severe drop in blood sugar levels in dogs. It large amounts, it can be fatal.
Moderation is key. A piece of chicken once in a while is okay. Remember, when you feed your dogs extra food, you’re feeding them extra calories, fats, and sugars. Be especially careful when feeding your dogs foods high in fat such as bacon, paté, sausage, gravy covered meat, beef trimmings, and poultry skin. Dogs with underlying health issues need to be extra careful, and should not eat anything not vet recommended.
Healthy foods for us, are probably healthy for your dog (except the foods listed above). Fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the best treats for your dog. Fresh fruit is high in water and a good source of fiber. Be careful though, large amounts can cause gastrointestinal upset. Lean meat is also an excellent treat for pups.
Remember, dogs should eat people food in small amounts and in moderation. Once or twice a week is fine, but every meal is overindulging. Keep in mind allergies and dietary restrictions when feeding your dogs.