Dogs have very different metabolism and digestion processes than humans. They are unable to process certain foods, that we can easily digest without any side effects.
So we have come up with this article to help you with the details that you need to know about the foods that you must keep your dogs away from if you want to keep them healthy.
These five foods don’t sit at all well with the dog’s digestion system and as a responsible pet owner, it is your duty to keep these a far as possible from your beloved dogs.
So without any further delay, let’s head straight to the details.
Grapes & Raisins
Whether fresh grapes or dried ones (raisins), these are not a food that should be kept anywhere near dogs. Grapes contain a substance that causes kidney failure in dogs. Grapes are very toxic for dogs, which is why once consumed their body cannot process the toxin. It doesn't matter what type or gender of dog it is, grapes are deadly for any of them.
While most humans find chocolate totally delicious, it's equivalent to poison for dogs. They might like the scent and taste, but unfortunately these cannot be a treat for dogs. Chocolate must be kept away from your dog if you want them to remain healthy. Chocolates contain a particular substance known as methylxanthine. This substance is the main reason why dogs are intolerant to chocolates. Methylxanthines are a type of stimulant that tends to bring the metabolism process of the dog to a halt. If a dog consumes chocolate it might cause vomiting and diarrhea, and if they consume it in very large amounts it may give them an arrhythmia, seizures and in some worst cases, death. Hence, try to keep your dogs as far away from chocolates as possible.
Fried Foods or Fatty Foods
Fried foods contain a lot of oil and butter which is neither good for us humans and nor for dogs. However, the effect of fried food on dogs is much more severe than on us. Dogs cannot process oily foods and it causes severe digestion hazards. If consumed in large quantities it may cause diarrhea, vomiting and more severe symptoms like pancreatitis.
These are some of the most harmful food items for dogs and are highly poisonous. Macadamia nuts have a very toxic effect on dogs. They may cause vomiting, fever, lethargy and even make it difficult for a dog to walk. So it is wise to keep your dogs as far away from these kinds of nuts as possible. If you have macadamia nuts at your home keep them locked in a cupboard where your dogs cannot reach them.
Dogs are unable to process onions because it contains a substance known as thiosulphate, which is toxic to them. Thiosulphate has a very bad effect on a dog's body and can cause a negative impact on their metabolism as well as their red blood cells. If a dog eats a lot of onions they may develop a medical condition known as hemolytic anemia. Therefore, try to keep onions in your pantry and away from the dogs. Whether the onions are raw or cooked, it has a similar kind of effect on the dogs.
As a dog owner, you must keep its health at the top of your priority list and do everything possible to keep it healthy.
Always remember that a healthy dog is a happy dog and therefore always try to keep these food items away from your dog’s reach.