Two of my parent’s dogs are thieves. The Staffie goes into the kitchen and steals a potato, walks casually outside and eats it. Dusty, the Pitt-bull walks into the kitchen and steals an onion, runs outside and eats the whole, raw onion. Those acts of thievery made me wonder if what they steal might not be dangerous foods and dangerous to their health.
After some research I was shocked to discover that there are so many dangerous foods out there that might not be good for your dog.
Below is a short list of dangerous foods, some of what our dogs have eaten before; 1 I think everyone knows about, 1 I wasn’t sure about and 1 I was shocked about:
My List of 5 Dangerous Foods for your dog
This is the obvious one, I think everyone knows chocolates are bad for your dog. Chocolate contains theobromine that is poison for dogs. It causes vomiting and diarrhea and mainly affects the heart, kidneys and central nervous system.
Dusty’s new favourite.
Onions contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which could lead to red blood cell damage and cause anemia.
No more onions for Dusty!! This is the one I was shocked about, didn’t think it was that dangerous. Although I think with most of these foods, it’s more dangerous when high quantities are consumed. One might not be that bad.
Another favourite of the Staffie. I wasn’t sure about this one. My parent’s have a Avocado tree in the back yard, and when they fall to the ground the Staffie eats it.
Avocado contain persin. Seems not to be that dangerous to dogs, but might cause vomiting and diarrhea in some dogs if they eat too much.
Milk and Dairy products
We always gave our new puppies milk to drink, and I think most people probably did as well. But apparently dogs are lactose intolerant, so giving your dog milk or other milk-based products (ice cream) can cause diarrhea.
Candy and Sweets – Xylitol
Xylitol, a sugar substitute found in some sweets is very toxic to dogs. Xylitol can cause a severe drop in blood sugar levels, fatal liver disease, develop seizures, or even cause death.
Seems there are plenty of dangerous foods out there, and I think best is to only give your dog food that they are allowed to eat… No food from the table… you never know!!
Here is a link to The Pet Food Industry (PFI) Association there you can read more about who they are, what they do, and find a list of Healthy Dog foods that are on the market.