We all want the best for our dogs, and for many owners this includes giving them the occasional bit of food. However, thought needs to be put into exactly what to give your dog.
Most dogs will eat the vast majority of food that is put in front of them, even if it is harmful to them. If you are supplementing a raw dog food diet with extra tidbits, or just giving your canine chum a few extra treats, there are a few foods that need to be avoided.
Most people already know that chocolate is very bad for dogs. However, it is not the only sweet treat that dogs should not eat. It is best to avoid giving them anything that is high in sugar, as these foods can lead to obesity, dental problems and the onset of diabetes. Treat your dogs as humans on strict diets when it comes to sugary food and drink.
Salty foods are also very bad for your pet. Dogs cannot handle as much salt as humans can, and they can quite easily develop sodium ion poisoning if fed too much of it. Avoid feeding your dogs things like crisps or chips to keep them healthy.
You might be tempted to feed your dog fruit as a treat, and this can be an excellent healthy option for them. However, some fruits should be strictly avoided. Anything with a pit, such as peaches, apricots and plums, should be avoided. The pits contain cyanide, which is very poisonous. We know not to eat the pits, but dogs do not.
Grapes and raisins are probably the worst fruits to give a dog, as eating them can lead to abnormal drinking or urination, dehydration and acute kidney failure. Keep an eye out for your dog whenever you have these on a counter or table, as even eating tiny amounts can cause these problems.
Avocado is another fatal fruit. It contains persin, a chemical that can be toxic to dogs in large amounts. There are safe fruits as well, of course: apples, bananas and watermelon can all be given safely to your dog as long as the seeds are removed.
Written by: Hannah