Dogs love to eat, and most of the time, they are attracted to what they see us eating. When you see your dog giving you a sad look while standing next to you at the dinner table, you might be tempted to share your food with him. However, you have to understand that some foods that are edible for humans could be toxic to dogs. Some may cause mild digestive upset; while other may cause severe illness or even death.
Here are some foods that you should never feed your dog.
Onions and garlic
Onions and garlic, be it cooked, raw, dehydrated or powdered, if eaten in large quantities can destroy a dog’s red blood cells; thus, causing anemia. The damage to the red blood cells does not become apparent until 3 to 5 days of ingestion.
Dullness, lack of appetite, vomiting, weakness and breathlessness are some of the most common symptoms of anemia.
No matter how delicious the guacamole is, you shouldn’t share it with your dog. Avocados contain a substance called persin. It may cause vomiting and diarrhea if ingested. If you have an avocado plant at home, be sure to keep your dog away from it as the seeds, fruit, leaves and bark contain persin.
While bones are good for both your dog’s teeth and nutrition, feeding them with cooked bone is not a good idea as the bone can easily splinter. The splinters can become lodged in or puncture their digestive tract.
Milk and dairy products
While a glass of cold milk can benefit humans, that bowl can spell trouble for your pet. Dogs are lactose intolerant and don’t have enough enzymes to digest dairy foods.
While small doses aren’t going to kill your dog, they may suffer from stomach upset and diarrhea. If you love your dog, keep their diets lactose-free.