For most Australian pet owners, lines become blurred amidst the fur. We incorporate our animals into our family so much that it is often second nature to feed them exactly what we eat. Although some of the food we give them is not harmful (in some cases, even helpful) a good deal of what human food we feed our pets is, in fact, bad for them.
Here’s a list of the “good” and “bad” human foods for your dog:
Let’s start with the good stuff…
- Peanut butter is great for your dog because of its high level of protein. Just one kicker: make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol.
- Rice or spaghetti is good for your dog, especially if it’s been ill or has had a tummy problem. No need to garnish it with sauces. Prepared without salt is the way for them.
- Yoghurt is surprisingly a good source of protein and energy for your dog. Try the plain ones such as Greek yoghurts because they don’t contain sugar.
- Salmon is rich in Omega fatty acids and will boost your pet’s health and make their coat shine with health.
- Carrots and apples are the vegetables and fruit that are great for your dog, and are rich in vitamins A and C. The keratin in the carrots is also good for your dog’s fur.
Now for the bad stuff…
- Chocolate as you may have guessed it from the Oreo adverts. For dogs, theobromine (a substance found in chocolate) is toxic and can cause nausea, diarrhoea, seizures and even death in severe cases.
- Milk and cheeseare also bad for your dog, because dogs do not possess that essential enzyme needed to break down the lactose found in milk and cheese.
- Lollies including chewing gum can cause severe liver damage because of the xylitol it contains. Chewy sweets can also cause a blockage in your dog’s digestive tract, which can lead to serious, fatal consequences.
- Caffeine is serious enough to cause high heart palpitations in your dog that could lead to aneurysms and heart failure. Avoid giving your dog coffee.
- Avocadoes are the surprisingly “bad” human food item on the list. It is surprising because it is such a healthy food for humans, but since it contains Persin (a fungicidal toxin), it can lead to vomiting and diarrhoea.
Now that you have a better idea of what human foods to feed your dog and those which you should steer clear of, you can now feel confident knowing that your dog is being treated like the wonderful companions they are, without inadvertently causing ill health.
If you’ve fed your dog something from this list and are worried about a potential reaction, don’t hesitate to contact or visit us today.
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