#GrowOldWithMyDog: 4 Things You Should Never Feed Your Dog
We are starting a new blog series called #GrowOldWithMyDog. It will feature stories about responsible pet ownership, tips on how to properly take care of them as well as fun and exciting experiences of being a dog parent.
Just a heads up -- I am not an expert nor a licensed veterinarian but rest assured that we will be sharing only information from reliable sources including my personal experience as a fur parent to my 13-year old Maltese, Crumpy, my adopted Shih Tzu, Cheesecake and my little 1.5-year-old furball, Cinderella.
For our first post, we will be sharing about the 4 Things that We Should Never Feed Our Dogs.
Experts say that dogs grow much faster than humans and thus, it is ideal that they get the sufficient amount of nutrients through specific nutrition made for them (a.k.a. dog food) However, whether we admit it or not, there are times that we can't help but share our table food with them especially when you are eating and you see those little puppy eyes begging for food.
As a fur parent, I end up so heartbroken if I don't share. Most of the time, I just say that I am going to give them just a little slice/ piece. But I learned that some human food is just highly toxic for them and thus for these 4 things ---- it is definitely a NO.
4 Things that We Should Never Feed Our Dogs
1. Chocolates - This may be considered a good source of antioxidants for human beings but unfortunately, chocolates are highly poisonous for dogs and other animals. It may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures. In the worst cases, it can even lead to cardiac failure, death or coma.
2. Grapes and Raisins - According to PetMD, grapes, and raisin (dried grapes) toxicity is well documented in dogs. Although the exact substance that causes the toxic reaction is not yet known, dogs should not eat grapes and raisins because even small amounts can prove to be fatally toxic for them. Don't forget to check your pastries if they contain this.
3. Garlic and Onion - This is one of the most common toxic food unconsciously given to our pets since due to its small size. When deciding on what food to give, we should keep in mind the ingredients present. In this case, garlic flavored adobo, fried garlic rice, garlic chicken wings, onion rings are a big no-no for our dogs.
4. Chicken Bones - I grew up believing that dogs should be fed with bones, however, after watching videos on youtube about pet emergencies, I realized that not all bones are good for dogs. Smaller ones like chicken bones can pose serious choking hazards for them. Also, our dogs have the tendency to swallow them immediately and these sharp edges when not chewed properly can actually hurt their internal organs and intestine lining.
So, if you are feeding them chicken, please take time to remove the bones before giving it to them.
How about you? Do you know other food that our dogs should avoid? Feel free to share them on the comments section below.
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