20 Dangerous Foods People Give to Their Dogs Without Realizing It and why pet insurance is important?

It has been recorded that many households in the United States have one pet or another as a member of their family. An estimation carried out in 2018 showed that about 68% of households are owners of a pet. This percentage is bigger than the percentage of households with children.

One cannot get tired of looking at those beautiful big brown eyes, and how can one describe that adorable doggie grin? Just amazing! A beautiful doggie grin can tempt you to take a picture of your dog and create some funny dog memes for your social media post. LOL!!

But has it ever crossed your mind that those little table rewards and some of the other stuff you give to your dog can be harmful to your pup?

The Animal Poison Control Center, ASPCA recorded about 199,000 poisoning cases in 2018. And about one-fifth of those cases were caused by human food ingestion.

You may be surprised to hear such; but yes, some of the foods you give to your dog can harm your dog. So, to avoid giving some of these toxic foods to your dog when you visit some dog-friendly restaurants in the future, read this article to end to know some of the foods that can be harmful to your dog.

Without further ADO, let’s dive in!

20- Cat Food

The foods created for cats have lots of proteins and fats that are aimed at a cat diet, not that of a dog. The level of protein and fat in cats’ foods are high for your dog, and that makes cat foods unhealthy for your dog. Cat food can cause obesity, stomach upset, and pancreatitis for your dog if ingested too much. So, when next your dog food delivery person comes around, remember to buy enough food for your cute little dog. Having such a friendly and compassionate dog makes paying pet insurance easy for dog owners.

19- Human medicine

Human medicine is created according to the working mechanism of the human body, so, a dog should not be given human medicine. Your dog health insurance is vital. And human medicine can cause a severe health issue to your dog. Keep all it away from your dog’s access as much as you keep them away from kids. You have been consistently paying for your dog insurance, so why not ensure that no over-the-counter drug is given to your dog except when it’s recommended by your vet. You can observe and find out if your dog truly knows what is right by going over a list of house insurance companies with your dog. You will be surprised at what you’ll discover. Some common components of pain relievers and cold medicine like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be very harmful to your dog.

18- Peppers

Dogs, like other carnivorous animals, prefer eating meat to vegetables. However, there is no much harm in feeding your dog bell peppers since dogs can benefit from eating some veggies. For instance, green pepper contains enough vitamin C and beta-carotene, which are good for your dog. But chewing the outer skin of peppers can be difficult for dogs so chopping the pepper into tiny pieces will make chewing easier for your dog. And steaming or pureeing the peppers makes consumption and digestion much easier for your dog. Nevertheless, remember to keep it in moderation as overdoing it can lead to sickness. Also, you would want to avoid feeding your dog spicy varieties like jalapeños or hot peppers!

17- Fatty Foods

Fat is a common source of energy for dogs; as such, most pet foods contain high-fat content. A dog’s body system transport cholesterol in the form of good cholesterol, HDL, so, your dog cannot have atherosclerosis and heart diseases. But a sudden change in the amount or type of fat in your dog’s diet can become a severe issue. Things like sausage, bacon, and fried fast foods can cause stomach upset, vomiting, or diarrhea for your dog. And in some cases, consuming these unhealthy and high-fat foods can even lead to pancreatitis.

 16- Coffee, Tea, and Caffeine

Caffeine-containing products have harmful effects on dogs because they’re stimulants. Caffeine has a similar impact as theobromine; these stimulants can cause diarrhea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, seizures, hypertension, and sometimes death. So, there is a need for you to keep your dog away from brewed coffee, whole coffee beans, tea leaves as well as coffee grounds. Just ensure that your cute dog is kept far away from the compost pile!

15- Alcohol

Alcohol affects dogs in the same way it affects people and has much higher effects on them because of their smaller size. Drinks and foods containing alcohol can bring about central nervous system depression, vomiting, inhibited motor function, coma, and death. So, never make the mistake of giving alcohol to your pets.

14- Xylitol

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that can be found in candies, gum, baked goods, and other sugar-substituted substances. This substance, xylitol, has no noticeable harmful effects on humans, but it is very toxic to dogs. Any given quantity of it can cause liver failure, low blood sugar, seizures, and can even kill your dog.

13- Grapes and Raisins

Dogs can experience kidney failure if they consume grapes and raisins. They do not need to take a significant amount to get ill; even a small quantity is enough to keep your dog on the sickbed. The early symptom is vomiting; then it progresses to depression, followed by low energy. Stories have been told on how dogs died from consuming a small volume of grapes, so, you should never feed your pup with this harmful food.

12- High-Salt Foods

The consumption of salt in large quantity can bring harm to humans, and it’s even more dangerous to dogs. When salt is consumed in large quantity, it can result in sodium ion poisoning, which can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, depression, increased temperature, seizures; and in some cases, death.

11- Gum and Candy

As earlier mentioned, the presence of xylitol in many brands of gum and candy makes them unhealthy for your dog. And even the brands without xylitol in them can also be harmful to your dog. That is because the gum and chewy candies have the tendencies to choke or block the digestive tract of your pup.

Also, dogs can sustain tooth fractures from hard candies. So you would always want to keep your bag of candy far from your dog as much as possible.

10- Yeast Dough

I guess you’re aware that yeast rises in bread, that is precisely how it will swell inside the tummy of your dog. To avoid that, ensure that your pup does not consume any. Though when taken in small quantity, they may only experience farting and a little discomfort; but too much consumption will cause severe damages to their stomach and intestine. Another thing that makes yeast dough very dangerous is fermentation. When fermentation occurs in it, and it rises, it produces alcohol, which could result in alcohol poisoning.

9- Milk and Dairy

Though some dogs are lactose intolerant, some are not. Because some dogs are not lactose intolerant, they can sometimes consume ice cream or yogurt without experiencing any discomfort. But it’s advisable to keep your dog away from drinking milk and dairy products. That is because dairy products, like other unhealthy foods, make dogs ill. And your dog may experience diarrhea, vomiting, and other issues relating to the digestive system if your pup is lactose intolerant.

8- Nuts (especially macadamia nuts)

Macadamia nuts can be very toxic if ingested by a dog. No matter the quantity, its effects can be very devastating and lethal. Its effects come with many symptoms, some of which are vomiting, muscle shakes, increased temperature, and weak back legs. And the symptoms may be worse if the dog ate chocolate together with the macadamia nuts.

07- Citrus

Citric acid is present in every part of a citrus plant. The leaves, stems, fruits, peels, as well as the seeds, contain citric acid in different proportions. This citric acid can cause some discomfort such as irritation and even central nervous system depression if consumed by a dog in a large amount. Small doses may not cause much harm – eating the fruit may probably lead to stomach upset only.

06- Raw Meat, Eggs, and Bones

Although it may seem like rewarding a dog with a raw bone cannot harm your dog, but the truth is that bones could pose a threat to the well-being of your pup. When your dog eats a bone, the bone tends to crack into pieces which could lead to choking or even destroying your dog’s digestive system. In addition to that, raw foods tend to contain Salmonella and E. coli, which are dangerous to dogs as much as they are to humans.

05- Onions, Garlic, and Chives

A small amount of garlic can be beneficial for your dog; as such, having your dog eat garlic in small quantity is okay. But when it’s taken too much, it can be very risky to the pet. Garlic and onion are related in a way, and both are harmful to dogs. That is because they can destroy the red blood cell of your pup leading to anemia. So, it’s best to moderate the amount of garlic you give to your dog. Signs may include vomiting, weakness, and breathing problems.

04- Avocados

Persin can be found in avocadoes making the fruits dangerous for your dog. Persin can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and heart congestion. The part of the avocado that has persin in much concentration is the pit, so always ensure that you monitor your dog and keep it away from the pit of the avocado. Taking a small amount of avocado may not harm the dog, but you have to ensure that the dog does not ingest the pit. If such a case occurred, inform your vet for proper care.

03- Corn on the Cob

Corn usually makes a large part of most dog foods, but avoid the au naturel version included on a cob when giving feeds to your dog. Dogs most times continue to chomp on the cob even when the kernels are finished. And consuming a large quantity of the cob may cause some digestive problems, most especially blockages.

Even a small chunk of corn cob can cause a serious health issue, explained Lee to Good Housekeeping. According to him, locating such with an X-ray may even be very difficult. And some serious cases of such may only be treated via surgery.

02- Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums

The parts of these fruits that pose a health threat to your dog are the seeds or pits. Persimmons seeds can create problems in your dog’s small intestine. They can also cause blockage in the intestine of the pup. The same is applicable to the pits of peach and plum. The presence of cyanide in the pits of peach and plum is dangerous to both humans and dogs. So, as people do not consume them, dogs shouldn’t either.

01. Chocolate

Most people are already aware that chocolate is not good for dogs. And the main component that creates problems when they’re consumed is theobromine. Theobromine is present in almost all kinds of chocolate, including white chocolate. Dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate are the most dangerous types. Chocolate consumption can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, heart problems, seizures, tremor, and even death. As such, chocolate of all kinds should be kept away from your pup.

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