Americans love their dogs and often times treat them like children, but whether you want to admit it or not, they are not. It’s okay to love you dog and treat him well. If you want to buy him cutesy clothes, let him sleep with you, and take him with you everywhere you go – that’s fine. But you need to draw the line in treating your dog like a human when it comes to food. Dogs need to eat food that is made especially for them and there are many foods that we, humans eat that can be harmful to our dogs.
• Alcoholic beverages can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
• Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources become lodged and cause lacerations in the digestive system.
• Cat food is too high in protein and fats.
• Caffeine which is found in chocolate, coffee, and tea can be toxic and affect dog’s nervous systems.
• Fat trimmings that we give our dogs from leftover steaks can cause pancreatitis.
• Human vitamins have iron in them and can damage the lining of the dog’s digestive system.
• Liver, if given in large amounts can be toxic because of the large amounts of vitamin A.
• Leftover moldy food or garbage has many different toxins and can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
• Onions, whether they are raw, cooked or in powder form can damage a dog’s red blood cells.
• Raw eggs may have Salmonella and can cause skin and coat problems because of an enzyme they contain.
• Raw fish, if fed regularly, can result in seizures and death after causing thiamine deficiency.
• Salt, if eaten in large quantities may lead to an electrolyte imbalance.
• Sugary foods lead to obesity and dental problems.
• Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced and they should never be more than 10% of the diet.
As you can see, many of the foods that we think are just fine for dogs are not. Many of these foods you would have to feed to your dog in large quantities to cause actual damage, but when it comes to your dog that you love so much, it is always better safe than sorry.
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