We’ve all been there. Your sitting down to a lovely meal, and there your dog is. Staring up at you with those big puppy eyes just begging for a tasty scrap of food….
You think to yourself: “What’s the harm? It’s just a bite”
While the occaisional treat can be fine for your pet, keep in mind many foods that us humans find tasty can cause serious problems for our furbabies!
Keep your loved companion happy and healthy by avoiding these foods:
- Grapes – Why exactly this juicy fruit can be toxic to dogs is still a bit of a scientific mystery. What is known is that these small treats can spell real disaster for some dogs. A few grapes could lead to vomiting or diarrhea, so be safe, and keep them out of reach of your curious pooch.
- Sugary Treats – Items like cookies, cakes, etc can be just as unhealthy for our pooches as they are for us. With tons of sugar and fat that could upset any dog’s stomach, make sure you don’t leave these homemade specialties (and any desserts) out for a roaming dog to reach. And while you’re doggy proofing the kitchen, be sure to stash the chocolate away too!
- Meat off the Bone – . Though your dog may appreciate (and wait) for a slow cooked, leftover ham or chicken bone, resist the urge! Cooked bones can be brittle and splinter easily leading to dangerous fragments that could get stuck in your dog’s throat. Even small bones can make it into your dog’s stomach and lead to gut-wrenching constipation.
- Nuts – With some nuts, weakness, depression, tremors, and vomiting can occur, within 24 hours of ingesting them. This is especially true with Macadamia nuts. If you suspect your pooch has eaten nuts, of any kind, alert your vet and follow their recommendations.
- Alcohol – Yes, we know this is a no-no, but keep in mind that foods cooked with alcohol should not be given to dogs either! Alcohol can be just as intoxicating for dogs as it is for humans and can cause some awful side effects.
Don’t forget to cook something tasty (and safe) for your furry friend! If you’re looking for a great (and healthy) dog treat recipe, click here.