Dogs are notorious for catching every crumb and morsel that we drop onto the kitchen floor. But when it comes to incorporating unconventional treats into our dog’s diet, what foods should we avoid and what foods are okay?
Foods You Should Avoid
The following are five foods you should avoid giving your pet. Even in small quantities, these treats can be very harmful.
Though there is a case for feeding pets raw meat because they would consume it in the wild, it is still not a good idea to provide certain raw meats to your pet. Raw chicken or raw eggs in particular should be avoided to prevent your dog from contracting unwanted parasites or bacteria like salmonella. Other meats, like turkey, may be okay, but if you are ever unsure, consult your veterinarian before introducing raw meat into your dog’s diet.
Chocolate and other highly-processed, sugary foods should never be given to pets. The high sugar content can wreak havoc on their digestive system and, in some cases, sugary treats can even be poisonous. Some dogs can experience side-effects ranging from discomfort and diarrhea to heart issues and seizures. Even in small doses, it is not advisable to give chocolate to your dog.
Though some fruits are okay for dogs to ingest, grapes are generally not considered one of them. Some dogs can get away with munching on grapes and raisins, but other dogs can be subject to life-threatening symptoms as a result. If a dog eats grapes, they may experience indigestion, vomiting and even kidney failure if consumed.
Pits and Seeds
The pits and seeds of some fruits can be toxic to dogs. Apple seeds, avocado, cherry and peach pits are just a few of the ones that should be avoided. Larger pits, like those in avocados and peaches, can cause choking or intestinal blockages if eaten; small seeds and pits, like those in apples, sometimes contain substances that can poison your pet.
Garlic and Onions
Both garlic and onions are considered indigestible for pets, with garlic being the more dangerous of the two. Elements in the makeup of garlic and onions can cause a whole host of serious health issues for dogs. Unfortunately, these two ingredients show up in a lot of North American cooking. So if you find yourself using garlic and onions in a lot of your at-home recipes, make sure to keep your pup out of the kitchen and away from any unintended droppings.
Foods That Are Okay
Now you know a few of the foods you should avoid feeding your dog. Here are three foods that are great options when you are looking to add some variety to your doggie’s dinner.
Although certain fruits, like grapes, are extremely poisonous to dogs, others, like apples, are not. Feeding your dog the occasional apple or a handful of blueberries can help them get a mix of vitamins and nutrients they might not otherwise receive from their standard kibble. People often ask: Are bananas good for dogs? Always double-check whether a fruit is safe to eat before giving it to your dog.
All-natural, unsalted peanut butter without added sugars and preservatives is a great treat for dogs. It can also be a helpful tool in administering pills to your pup. By hiding their medication in a teaspoon of peanut butter, you dog may be more likely to take it without even knowing! Give your dog a kong toy filled with peanut butter and they can stay occupied for hours.
Though usually considered more of a feline food group, fish can provide dogs with minerals and oils that other meats do not provide. Fish oil can help keep their coat shiny and their joints well-lubricated.
It is really important to make sure you are aware of what your dog is eating. If you are ever concerned about something you dog has ingested, be sure to contact your veterinarian immediately.