We all love our furry friends, especially here at eBay Classifieds, so we must be informed on how to keep them safe. This includes, being aware of the foods that we eat in the sight of our four legged friends. Are you aware of the foods you need to keep away from your dog and what foods are okay to share?
Human foods that dogs need to avoid:
Chocolate – Chocolate is one of my favorite treats to indulge in, but that does not mean I share it with my dog! It is one of the most well known no-no’s when sharing your treats with a dog. But why is it such a bad thing to feed to your dog? Chocolate contains a toxic agent called theobromine, which can cause panting, vomiting, and diarrhea, and damage your dog’s heart and nervous systems. This chemical is found in all chocolate including, dark, milk, white etc…
Yeast (on its own or in dough) - While baking bread, we wait for the yeast to rise, but we don’t want it to rise in your dog’s stomach. You can avoid this by not sharing any with your four legged friend. On the mild side effect spectrum, it can cause gas, lots of farting, and discomfort – too much of it could rupture their stomach and intestines. The dough can also stretch our dog’s abdomen and cause severe pain. Yeast also ferments the dough to make it rise, producing alcohol which can lead to possible alcohol poisoning.
Salt – Salty foods are the best for a human’s crunchy snack cravings, but if shared with a dog, it can cause sodium ion poisoning. In this case watch out for symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, high temperature, and seizures or just avoid the salt.
Seeds in fruit - Feeding your dog fruit is fine, as long as you watch out for fruits that contain seeds. Make sure to get rid of pits and seeds when feeding your dogs fruits like apples, pears, persimmons, peaches and plums. The seeds in the fruits can cause inflammation of the small intestine because the seeds/pits of the apple, pear, peach, plum contain cyanide which can poison both humans and dogs. As humans, we know not to eat the pits or seeds, which is why we have to watch out for our furry friends.
Grapes and raisins - A grape falls to the ground, no big deal (these are your first initial thoughts), but grapes are harmless to dogs. Grapes contain a toxin that can cause severe liver damage and kidney failure. Grapes are can harm a dog, even if it’s just a small handful.
Cat food - Meow, meow! Make sure you put the cat food up high so your fearless dog doesn’t get a bite of it. Cat food contains proteins and fats that are targeted at the diet of a cat, not a dog. The protein and fat levels in cat food are too high for your dog, and not healthy.
Human foods that are dog friendly:
Fruits – Including the fruits above, dogs can also enjoy bananas, apple slices, strawberries, blueberries and watermelon. Fresh fruits are a great treat to assist in training your dog and can also provide your dog with a great way to cool down on a hot summer day!
Tuna -Tuna is a classic cat snack, but now the dog can join the fun too! Despite stereotypes of tuna being a cat delicacy, dogs can eat tuna, too! Tuna is healthy, boasting protein, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.
Peppermint - Peppermint can be strong, but is definitely safe for dogs. Possibly throw in some peppermint with your homemade dog treats next time. It can help freshen your dog’s breath, and since peppermint has long been used to help settle upset tummies, you can even use it to help your dog feel better the next time he’s a bit nauseous.
Garlic - You better grab the peppermint because garlic is beneficial for your dog, in small amounts that is. While you’re at it, have some yourself so you and the dog can share the experience of bad breath.
Zucchini - Zucchini’s potassium, folate and vitamin content make it healthy for you and your dog, and no part of the vegetables is toxic to canines.