Dont feed that to your dog!

Don’t>Many dog owners think human food is perfectly safe for their pets, but there are many dangers with feeding dogs our food. Much of human food can cause illness, disease, or even death to our beloved pets. Below are just a few examples:

Chocolate: Chocolate contains theobromine which is particularly harmful to pets. Even small quantities can be hazardous and large quantities will most often lead to death within twenty-four hours. The dangerous chemical within chocolate stimulates the heart and central nervous system. The smaller the dog, the less needed to affect the animal, though some dogs have more sensitivity to the food.

Onions: Poisoning by eating onions will occur a few days after ingestion. Onions contain thiosulphate which will cause hemolytic anemia in the animals, leading to liver damage and other symptoms. The danger of onions is that all its forms are hazardous, not just raw onions. Many foods contain dehydrated onions or onion powder, like pizza and even baby food.

Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins, even just a few, will make a dog ill with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, pain and sluggishness.

Nuts: Nuts are dangerous to animals because they contain phosphorus which can lead to bladder stones.

Fats: Fat from various meats can lead to pancreatitis. This is not limited merely to fat trimmings, but any fatty foods. If an animal survives pancreatitis, its diet must be limited to low fat foods for the remainder of its life.

Cat food: Cat food is not a suitable substitute for dog food. It contains too high levels of fats and proteins.

Mushrooms: Many mushroom varieties are harmful, even fatal, to dogs, leading to kidney damage, coma or death.

Bones: While fats in meat can damage the pancreas, the bones in meat carry their own hazards – obstructing or lacerating the dog’s digestive system.

Raw fish: Raw fish can cause a vitamin deficiency that can be harmful, causing seizures, and can even lead to death.

Tomatoes and Potatoes: Tomatoes and potatoes contain oxalates, which cause problems with the nervous system, kidneys and digestive tract.

Alcohol: Alcohol cannot be tolerated by a dog’s sytem, and the hops in beer are particularly dangerous. Alcohol ingestion can cause liver failure, coma, seizures and death.

In general, it’s a good idea to feed only approved dog food to your dog. Talk to your vet about any questions regarding what’s okay and not okay to feed to your dog. Remember, just because a dog will eat something doesn’t mean it’s good for the pet! Only give your dog food that is healthy for it, and you’ll likely have no problems resulting from diet.