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It’s easy to feed your dog with leftover food from your dinner. But beware, a few innocent-looking human foods can hurt dogs and sometimes kill them. Learn the kind of foods that are dangerous to give to your dog.

Raw Meat and Fish

For your dogs safety, you should avoid feeding it raw foods. This includes any form is raw meat, fish or eggs. You should avoid these foods because there is always a chance of parasites and bacteria living in raw foods. Parasites can cause bad stomach diseases which in some cases can lead to death if left untreated for weeks. Therefore, it is better to cook the meat before feeding it to your dog.

Bad stomach diseases show up as symptoms that include vomiting, fevers, and swelling of lymph nodes. You may also notice that your dog may seem lethargic and have a loss of appetite. So if you notice these symptoms, take your dog to a vet quickly. Always remember that the extra effort invested in cooking the meat first before feeding will pay off in the end.


Onions and Garlic

Some foods are more mistakenly fed to dogs than others. Garlic and onions are one of those foods. Though they may seem harmless to us humans, onions and garlic can cause deficiency in a dog’s blood. It does this by causing anemia, where the red blood cells in your dog’s blood is killed. All forms of onions and garlic can cause this health problem, regardless of whether it’s powered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated.

This applies to a large variety of leftover foods and also baby food. Always check whether they are onions and garlic in the leftover food before feeding it to your dog. Dogs may be fine when they only get the occasional small dose of onions and garlic. But larger quantities can be highly toxic to dogs, and can lead to weakness, vomiting, breathlessness, and poisoning.

Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine

Caffeine is something that we humans love to consume to awaken our minds and accelerate our heartbeat. However, though caffeine is helpful to us, it should not be fed to a dog. Bored and depressed dogs are better off taken for a walk or let loose in the backyard of a house then to be given caffeine.

The effects of caffeine are magnified in a dog. If your dog consumes a large enough dosage, it may experience symptoms of caffeine poisoning. These symptoms include restlessness, fast breathing, heart palpitations, tremors, or fits. And if the dosage is lethal, it can lead to sudden death in a dog. Besides coffee and tea, chocolate, cocoa beans, colas, and energy drinks contain caffeine. It is also found in some pain killers and cold medicines.

Grapes and Raisins

Another seemingly innocent but harmful food for your dog is the grape, and its dried cousin the raisin. These foods are toxic to your dog and should not be fed to your dog regardless of quantity. This applies to all dogs no matter how old it is and what breed it is from. So remember to keep raisins and grapes off the kitchen counter and inaccessible to your dog. It only takes a small dosage to make your dog ill.

The effects of your dog ingesting grapes or raisins include vomiting or diarrhea, lethargy, kidney failure, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain. If you notice these symptoms, take your dog to a vet. The vet may try to induce vomiting before the food is absorbed into its body. The vet may also administer a dose of charcoal to absorb the harmful substances.

Milk and Other Dairy Products

It may be tempting to share your ice cream cone with your dog when you’re in the park, but avoid doing so. This is because feeding your dog with ice cream might upset its digestive system. This also applies to other dairy products, such as milk and cheese. Dogs are mostly lactose intolerant because their bodies cannot produce lactase.

Symptoms of ingesting dairy products include diarrhea, bloating, nausea, and digestive upset might follow the consumption of lactose. Continuous diarrhea could lead your dog to experience severe dehydration. When this happens, take your dog to a vet as soon as you can.

Diana Ruth Davidson, Chief Pet Officer and Managing Nanny, Westside Dog Nanny

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