We have heard this rule from the very beginning, we should never feed our dogs table scraps. But if there are two things most dogs are oddly obsessed with, it’s their toys and food – it does not matter whose food they are staring at, when we eat with them around us, they will stare at us without blinking as if to tell us that they are waiting to get a taste. At some point in our lives, we are all guilty of giving our food or table scraps to our dogs because who can say no to our dogs’ cute pleading eyes?
Some of us just can’t be strict to our dogs and end up giving them what they want; and others think sharing food with our dogs shouldn’t be a big deal, they have given us their unconditional love anyway. “They just want table scraps, what is the big deal?” is something that some people may think – totally forgetting the fact that there is such a thing as dangerous food for dogs.
Yes, when we are told to never give table scraps to our dogs, it actually has nothing to do with giving them a reward or teaching them to be a beggar. It’s only because food that is considered safe for humans may not be safe for our beloved furry friends. What we don’t know may not hurt us, but it would certainly hurt our dogs – and can we afford to lose them? We don’t think so. It’s important for us to understand the which food is safe to give to our dogs, and which food is deadly. Below is a list of 6 dangerous food for dogs to use as a guideline.
Chocolate contains theobromine, a stimulant which is deemed safe for humans – but not for our dogs. Theobromine affects central nervous system, kidneys, as well as the heart which is why 4 to 24 hours after ingestion, dog may become restless, start vomiting, diarrhea even seizures.
Onions, chives, and garlic
These herbs and vegetable cause red-blood cell damage, and gastrointestinal irritation in dogs.
Like chocolate, caffeine contains stimulant which is harmful to dogs. A lick or two of our coffee spill may not be harmful, but if they ingested tea bags or coffee ground – it may lead to serious problems.
Another on the dangerous food for dogs list is this type of legume, if ingested, dogs may instantly experience depression and weakness, followed with vomiting, hyperthermia, and tremors.
Raisins and grapes
While it’s still unknown which substance in both raisin and grapes that is harmful to dogs, studies found that they may cause kidney failure.
Artificial sweetener such as xylitol
Xylitol is can be found in many desserts, diet foods, sugar free gum, etc. If ingested, even if it’s just very small amount, it’d instantly cause insulin-release which would lead to hypoglycaemia. Lethargy and vomiting are two symptoms which appear almost immediately and followed with recumbency and seizures. Worse? Xylitol leads to blood clot and acute liver disease.