Dog Food Cautions


This resource was provided to Pet Guardian Angels of America by Cary Teller

Cautions While Feeding Your Dog

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When you get a dog, there is a lot of planning that comes with it. Where will they sleep? What
vet will they use? What will they eat? What rules will you set? If you’ve been around a lot of dog owners, chances are you’ve ran into one that doesn’t allow them to eat human food. There is a reason for that. Did you know that there are many things that we eat every day that could be harmful to dogs? Even though sharing chicken and other meats with your dog can be beneficial, there are definitely some foods that they should never eat.

Harmful Foods For Your Furry Friend

The most well-known dangerous food for dogs is chocolate. In large amounts, chocolate and cocoa can potentially kill a dog. That is due to the chemical theobromine. Humans can easily metabolize the chemical, but canines can not. In large amounts,theobromine can cause muscle tremors, seizures, irregular heartbeat, internal bleeding, and heart attacks,

Avocados may be the currently trendy treat of the year, but they need to be kept away from your
dog at all cost. Avocados contain something called persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Persin can be found in the plant’s leaves, bark, and seeds. It also needs to be noted that an avocado seed can cause an intestinal block in dogs, which can be fatal.

Onions and Garlic are great ways to season your dishes. The smell alone might cause your pup
to beg for a taste, but please resist. The vegetables can actually kill their red blood cells, which
can result in anemia. It can also cause breathing problems, vomiting, and lethargicness.

Another food on a dog’s “do not eat” list is lemons and limes! The skins of these fruits contain
psoralen. This chemical in large amounts can cause a dog to have muscle tremors, liver failure, and death. Even in small amounts, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Safe Foods

If you must share table foods with your dog, try and keep it to meats such as chicken and beef.
But, remember to make sure it has not been seasoned with onion or garlic powder! Dogs can also have things such as peanut butter and carrots. But, like their human companions, everything needs to be enjoyed in moderation. Peanut butter is high in calories, and can actually cause weight gain in canines if they are given too much.

Bananas are another great table food to share with your dog if you find yourself in a pinch. They
are high in vitamins and minerals and are great in moderation. It has also been said that they can help relieve nausea in dogs, but that has not been proven scientifically.

With so many greatly formatted dog foods now on the market, there is truly no need to share your food with your pet. For example, there are now dog foods on the market that are formulated by world-renowned vets! One of those being Dr. Marty natures blend. Who knows what a
dog needs to eat daily more than a vet? They offer a great balance of nutrients and vitamins that your pup needs to thrive! Read the labels and keep yourself informed when selecting your dog’s new go-to food.

It’s For The Best

Skipping table foods not only means that you get more for yourself, but it will help keep your
four-legged friend safe and healthy! That is a win-win situation in my eyes! They may pout a little bit at first, but dogs are very intelligent creatures. They will quickly figure out that table food is not meant for them. Dogs need a healthy and balanced diet just like we do, so always read the ingredients and do your research. With so many dangerous foods out there that a dog can get ahold of, always look more into the subject before bringing home your new furry friend.

“Cary Teller is an Oregon native who loves exploring the outdoors with his trusty sidekick Milo, a 2-year old gorgeous and cuddly mastiff.”