At times, we are all tempted to share some of your delicious food with your pup. After all, who can resist those puppy-dog eyes begging for a morsel? But wait, sometimes being a good dog owner is knowing when to say, “No.” Is chocolate bad for dogs? Some human foods are seriously harmful, even poisonous to dogs and can cause all sorts of health problems. Even if your dog has eaten these foods in the past with no problems, they could be storing up serious issues that you might not be aware of. Here are a selection of foods you should never feed dogs, no matter how adorably they beg.
At the top of the list of bad foods for dogs is the one you’ve probably heard of most often – chocolate. The problem is a component called Theobromine which is found in all kinds of chocolate, but especially in dark and baking chocolate. It isn’t harmful to humans, but it’s the toxic part of chocolate for dogs and can cause them to vomit, have diarrhoea, and become overly thirsty. In more extreme cases it can cause abnormal heart rhythms, seizures, tremors, or death. Save the sweets for yourself.
2. Bacon and fatty meats
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Wait, my dog can’t have bacon? That’s right! High fat foods like bacon, ham, or meat trimmings can cause pancreatitis in dogs. And since these meats are often high in salt content, too, they can cause upset stomachs and, in extreme cases, can cause dogs to drink too much water, leading to bloat, which can be fatal.
3. Salty Foods
You may have heard that popcorn and pretzels are bad for dogs, but that’s particularly the case if those foods are salted. Salt can cause a condition called sodium ion poisoning, not to mention excessive thirst or urination. Symptoms of eating too much salt might include vomiting, diarrhea, high body temperature, and seizures, in addition to bloat, as is the case with bacon. Salt can be fatal, so keep it to a minimum if you choose to share food with your pup.
4. Garlic and Onions
This one-two combination of foods doesn’t just give you bad breath and repel vampires. These pungent ingredients are bad news for dogs. They can actually destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anaemia. This is a tricky one because a small dose might not do much harm. But a large dose or regular small doses can lead to poisoning. Symptoms might include weakness, vomiting, breathlessness, and a loss of interest in food.
5. Milk, Cheese, Ice-Cream and other Dairy Products
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You may have slipped your dog a pill in a piece of cheese, but dogs aren’t really built to process cow milk products. They lack the enzyme to break down milk sugar, and many dogs are lactose intolerant. Dairy can cause dogs to vomit, have diarrhoea, or develop gastrointestinal diseases. The high fat content can lead to pancreatitis, as is the case with fatty meats. To be on the safe side, don’t share your dairy with your dog.
6. Raw Meat, Fish, And Eggs
In the wild, wolves eat meat fresh, so you could be forgiven for thinking that your dog should be fine with a little raw meat, right? Wrong! Raw meat contains bacteria that can lead to food poisoning, and raw fish can hide parasites that cause fatal diseases. Raw eggs can contain salmonella or e. coli and contain an enzyme that can cause skin problems for your dog. By cooking eggs and meat you can kill off bacteria and parasites that hurt your pup.
7. Candy, Gum, Peanut Butter, And Baked Goods
The real culprit when it comes to these sweets is an ingredient called xylitol. It causes an insulin surge through your dog’s body that can lead to a drop in blood sugar and liver failure. Symptoms include lethargy, vomiting, loss of coordination, seizures, and eventually death. Several of these foods, especially peanut butter, are sometimes made without xylitol, so check the list of ingredients in your foods before you share them with your dog.
8. Grapes And Raisins
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This is a sneaky case of dangerous foods, as your dog has probably eaten some grapes or raisins without issue. But it’s risky. Grapes and raisins are known to cause renal failure in dogs. Your dog’s kidneys might start to shut down, causing vomiting and lethargy and eventually leading to death. It’s best to keep the grapes and raisins out of reach of your dog.
9. Sugary Food
Sugary food isn’t good for humans, and it’s not good for dogs either. In fact, it can lead to similar problems for dogs as it does for humans. Obesity, dental health issues, and diabetes can all result from overeating foods that have high sugar content. Be very wary of feeding your dog sugar.
Not only are the pits or stones of avocados a choking hazard for your dog, but avocados contain persin in their leaves, seeds, bark, and fruit. If you have an avocado plant in your house or in your yard, make sure your pup can’t get anywhere near it. Persin isn’t harmful for humans, but it’s toxic in large amounts for dogs.
Other products that aren’t necessarily food for you that your dog should stay away from include uncooked yeast dough, seeds and pits from fruit, raw potato, bones, apple cores, alcohol, caffeine, and human medicine. Don’t let your dog anywhere near these products, as they are toxic and can lead to potential poisoning and death. Stick to a diet approved by your vet, or research some healthy foods that you can share with your dog. Resist that cute face and keep most of your human food to yourself.
9/17/2017 0 Comments
People frequently ask how often they should bathe their dogs. Unfortunately, many still believe the old wives’ tale that says you shouldn’t bathe your dog more than once or twice a month. There is a misguided fear that more frequent bathing might harm your dog’s skin or coat.
This is nothing more than a myth, and is not based upon any medical fact. This article will help you determine how often your dog should be bathed, why it’s good for him, and how to choose the best shampoo.
Bathing your dog is a good idea for several reasons:
•If your dog is trained to enjoy a bath, the experience will be pleasant for him, just like going for a walk or playing chase in the yard.
•The positive interaction between you and your dog strengthens the human-animal bond.
•Bathing removes dirt and odors from his skin and coat.
•Frequent bathing is necessary to heal inflamed or infected skin and damaged hair.
•Finally, while not often realized, bathing can have important health benefits for you and your family.
Many vets recommend bathing your dog at least weekly whenever he gets dirty or smelly, and even more frequent bathing may help keep him healthy. For example, dogs with skin diseases should be bathed more often, even daily if necessary. Dogs with allergies typically itch less when bathed frequently.
For dogs with bacterial, fungal or yeast infections, ringworm or mange, frequent bathing helps kill the infectious organisms and parasites. In many cases, dogs with bacterial and yeast infections rarely require antibiotic or anti-fungal drugs if their people can bathe them often.
Holistic veterinarians have discovered that when patients are bathed frequently using properly selected shampoos, they usually do not need conventional medications to treat their skin diseases. Even when they do, they require much less medication.
Choosing a shampoo
Frequent bathing will usually not dry out the dog’s skin or coat if the proper shampoo is chosen. While some shampoos, typically those made of harsh chemicals, can dry out the skin or coat if used too much, organic shampoos containing natural oils are safe to use whenever needed; many are specially formulated to encourage frequent bathing.
When it comes to choosing a shampoo, you have several choices.
•The first is the typical chemical based shampoo. These usually contain chemicals as their major ingredients. They can include, but are not limited to: sodium lauryl (laureth) sulfate (SLS), cocamidopropyl betaine (cocabetaine), diethanolalamine (DEA), artificial colors, artificial fragrances or preservatives, petroleum, animal by-products, detergents, alcohols, and propylene glycol. While none of these is imminently fatal when used as directed, they can cause problems such as increased hair loss, skin irritation, cracking and inflammation. My general approach to these chemicals is this: even if your dogs are not harmed by their use, if there are better, safer, more natural choices, I prefer to use those shampoos instead.
•The second choice is the “natural” shampoo. As a rule, these use few if any of the above chemicals and instead rely on more natural ingredients such as essences of fragrant oils, purified water and “natural” cleansers. Nevertheless, I have seen a number of “natural” products that still include some chemicals such as sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, and disodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate. Unfortunately, the term “natural” does not really have a legal definition.
While most people think a natural product is totally devoid of chemicals and by-products, there is no legal guideline that mandates this. Therefore, it is imperative that you read the label of any shampoo to know exactly what’s in it. Also be aware of nebulous terms like “natural oils” and “natural cleansers” unless the product specifically states what these terms mean. Thankfully Wiser Pet’s 5 in 1 All Natural Shampoo is an example of a high quality shampoo which is also kind to your dog and the environment.
Bathing your dog several times a week might seem like a lot of work, but it’s not when you consider the many advantages. And with time and patience, it can become an enjoyable opportunity to bond with your dog and spend some quality time together.
What’s In It For Me?
Bathing your dog often can benefit your own health and that of your family. Clean dogs are less likely to cause people to suffer unnecessarily from allergies and other respiratory problems.
Think of it this way. Your dog’s hair acts like a rug, trapping dirt, bacteria, fungi and allergens. Allergens are foreign proteins such as dander, dust mites, saliva from the dog licking himself, bug droppings, molds, and tree and grass pollens.
These allergens stay on your dog’s skin and hair until they’re washed away. The longer they stay there, the more likely they are to cause your dog to itch. And if you or any family members suffer from allergies, your dog’s skin and hair will contribute to your discomfort until the allergens are washed away.
I recommend bathing your dog as often as possible if you or anyone in your family suffers from allergies.