Have you ever been in a situation where your dog adorably stares at you, wagging its tail hoping that it can also have a piece of what you’re eating? With those puppy eyes, how can you say ‘No’?
The problem is that not everything we eat is dog-friendly. In many cases, human foods can be fatal to dogs. What’s perfectly healthy for you may not always be good your four-legged friend.
Yes, dogs are a part of our family and we should always share things with our family members. Unfortunately, dogs can’t always enjoy human food. Here’s a list of 6 human foods that dogs can’t eat (that might also kill them!) for you to take notice.
If you haven’t heard of this yet, chocolate is known to be dangerous to dogs. That’s why it’s first on my list. Thinking of sharing that Cadbury with your furry friend? If you truly love your dog, please don’t.
Why? Because chocolate contains two chemicals that are toxic to dogs: caffeine and theobromine. And if these things are given to your dog, your dog will experience vomiting, abdominal pain, or worse, death. So, make sure there are no chocolates lying around your house where your dog can sniff them out!
Surprised? Me too. It’s true that all puppies need to be breastfed by their mothers after they’re born. But, just like us humans, dogs have problems consuming milk too; it’s what we call ‘lactose intolerance’. That’s because our furry friends don’t have the enzymes to break down the sugar found in milk.
When dogs consume milk, their bodies will react to it and make them vomit. Milk can also give them diarrheoa.
I’m a tea lover. But as much as I’d love to have my dog join me for tea time, I’d rather not. Just like coffee, tea contains caffeine which can be very toxic and life-threatening to dogs, especially when served in high doses.
So, don’t let your dog take a sip of your tea! Unless you give your dog a dog-friendly tea. Yes, there’s such a thing. Check out herbal teas by Woof and Brew!
4. Grapes and raisins
Grapes and raisins are good for us, but they’re extremely bad for dogs. They can cause loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrheoa, dehydration, and even kidney failure (which will eventually lead to death). The symptoms of the illness do not discriminate dogs by their sizes, age, sex, or breed.
Although the amount of grapes and raisins safe enough for your dog to consume is still unclear, it’s always best for you to not give these foods to your dog under any circumstances. Prevention is better than cure!
Okay, this one is a little tricky. Mushrooms can be dangerous to dogs, but not all of them are toxic to dogs. To prevent your dog from getting poisoned by one, you’ll need to be able to recognise the type of mushrooms that are proven to be toxic to dogs.
But don’t fret. Out of the 10,000 species of mushrooms found in the world, just 50 to 100 are actually toxic. The mushroom species that are typically poisonous for dogs are the Amanita Muscaria, Amanita Gemmata, Amanita Phalloides, and Helvella Lacunosa.
When given to dogs, they can cause symptoms like vomiting, lethargy, dizziness, and even cause your furry friend to collapse. The exact amount of mushrooms enough to kill a dog is as of yet unknown. But, as a safety measure, it’s best to not feed mushrooms to your dog at all.
6. Yeast dough
If only I could turn back time, I wouldn’t have given yeast dough to my canines. As a child, I didn’t know that. It wouldn’t be surprising if many of us still don’t know about the risks of giving yeast dough to our dogs. I’m just glad that none of my dogs have ever died from it!
So why is it bad for dogs? Yeast dough can actually ferment in the stomach of a dog. It will then become toxic. Do you want to know what’s even more scary? Yeast dough can expand in your dog’s stomach, causing your dog’s body to get very gassy. The last thing you want is your dog’s stomach to explode! Seriously. Symptoms like vomiting, abdominal pain, and lethargy can also occur.
So, what have we learned from these 6 human foods? We’ve learned that what may be good for humans is not always good for dogs. If you’re not sure of what you can and cannot give to your dog, seek for advice from your local veterinarian today.