When you cook for your dog, remember these ingredients can not added into the meal or treat.
- Grapes or Raisins, can cause life-threatening renal failure in dogs. Even a very small amount can be toxic.
- Alcohol. A dog’s liver cannot metabolize alcohol and even a small amount can be very toxic.
- Chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine, something dogs cannot process like humans can and which is therefore harmful.
- Citrus. Citrus fruits and other products can cause gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression.
- Seasoned Meats. Meat spices used to enhance flavors, such as onion powder, can be very toxic to dogs as they are often loaded with preservatives and artificial ingredients.
- Coffee and Grounds. Like Alcohol, caffeine-even in small amounts-can be toxic to dogs and adversely affect their central nervous system. This includes caffeine found in energy drinks, tea, coffee, chocolate, and coffee grounds.
- Avocados. The leaves, bark, and fruit of avocados contain persin, which is toxic to dogs.
- Sugar. Just like it does to us, sugar spikes a dog’s blood-sugar levels and offers no nutritional value for them, so it should be avoided.
- Grease. Consumption of excess fatty grease from high-fat-content foods can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
- Cooked Bones. I feed my dogs raw marrow bones all the time, as they’re excellent for their teeth and very nutritious. Never give your dog a cooked bone, however, since they can splinter and puncture the digestive system if swallowed.
- Macadamia Nuts. When even just a few are consumed, dogs can have a toxic reaction and experience an elevated heart rate, vomiting, and muscle tremors.
- Onions. The oils in onions contain an antioxidant that negatively affects hemoglobin in dogs’ red blood cells.
- Persimmons. The seeds in these fruits can cause inflammation in the intestines.
- Rawhide. Rawhide treats are loaded with preservatives and additives and can be highly indigestible to dogs. They can also be a choking hazard.
- Soy. Soy is not readily digested by dogs and can cause gas and bloating.
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