Most dog owners love their dogs and want to spoil them whenever they can. One of the ways you show affection to a dog is with food. Treats are how you train them and reward good behavior. But not everything that you love is good for your dog. Your dog also won’t stop themselves from eating things that could harm them so it is up to you to keep these foods away from your dog.
Most people are aware that chocolate is bad for dogs, but you also need to watch out for caffeine too. It is the cacao seeds where both come from that cause the problem. Cacao contains a compound called methylxanthines and that is what is so harmful to your dog. Not only can it make them sick but if they get enough of it they could die. Keep your coffee and chocolates far away from your pooch.
Grapes whether fresh or dried out as raisins are both harmful to your dog. Most pet owners are completely unaware of just how dangerous grapes and raisins can be to their dogs. Ingesting either of them can cause kidney failure in your dog so keep them way out of reach.
Bread is actually bad for most animals, don’t feed it to birds, ducks or your dog. Bread bloats and twists in your dog’s stomach making them extremely uncomfortable. If you bake your own bread then you want to keep bread dough away from the dog, the yeast can act like alcohol and you can have a drunk puppy.
Dogs love bones and we have been giving dogs bones since we first domesticated them. Not all bones are good for your dog. Chicken bones and ribs are fragile and they break pretty easily. Broken bones have sharp edges and can damage your dog or even cause them to choke. Splintered bones can cut and scratch on the way down. Instead give your dogs bones that you buy from the pet store that clean teeth, give them something to chew and taste great.
Too much salt is just as bad for your dog as it is for you. If they get too much salt it makes them extremely thirsty and can cause dehydration. It can even cause your dog to end up with sodium ion poisoning so keep you own salty snacks away from your dog. Don’t share your chips, pretzels and popcorn with your pet.