Would you just look at that face? Isn’t it the cutest? It almost makes me want to give him all my food. Almost.
We’re not very good at training them to not beg. We give our pups food from our plates sometimes. I think we just feel guilty that we’re eating right in front of them. I mean, that’s just rude, right? But it has made our eating habits healthier since we share, so at least some good comes of it. However, there are a lot of “people” foods that dogs should never have. So if you’re going to be “bad” pet parents like us, at least watch what you give them.
And if you suspect that you’re dog has consumed any of the following and have become poisoned, don’t hesitate to call your vet, an emergency vet, or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
As unhealthy as mass amounts of alcohol are for humans, even a small amount will do damage to your furry best friend. If vomiting and diarrhea aren’t bad enough, it can cause difficulty breathing, decreased coordination, and even coma and death. DON’T DO IT!
I will never forget the day that I returned home from running errands to discover that Scooby at a dozen chocolate chip cookies. They had been sealed in a Ziploc and left on the end table. We honestly never thought about it; Nubi doesn’t get into things while we were gone. But there was the evidence all over my floor. Fortunately, Scooby has a stomach of steel, apparently, and they were only milk chocolate pieces. He never even had gas. If it had been baker’s chocolate…I don’t even want to think of what I would have come home to. Here’s a handy toxicity level chart that I found on Barksworthy.com
Aside from making them hyper, this can cause your typical vomiting and diarrhea. It’s never pleasant, but anyone who owns a dog knows it’s a run-of-the-mill problem for our sensitive-tummied friends. Caffeine can also cause tremors and an abnormal heartbeat.
Grapes & Raisins
Vets aren’t sure exactly what is in these delicious little things that makes them so toxic to dogs and cats, but these are known to cause kidney failure (and rather quickly, might I add). Put those raisins up high on a pantry shelf!
Milk & Dairy
On one hand, some dairy is good for dogs. Mine love yogurt and yogurt drops, spoonfuls of ice cream, a sneaky lick from Mr. Cozy Cottage’s nightly frosted mug of milk. Dogs, however, do not have a large amount of lactase in order break down the lactose found in milk. If given enough, it can make their bellies extremely uncomfortable, and you may find yourself not sleeping very much that night.
That’s a very scary word I’d never even heard of until 10 years ago, and then I discovered it’s in everything. It’s used to sweeten gums, candies, and even toothpaste. This is a BIG no-no. If you chew gum and Rover likes to dig through your purse, try buying a xylitol-free gum. You won’t know the difference. Xylitol causes hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels) in dogs, which can lead to liver failure. If you suspect your pup has ingested something containing xylitol, watch out for vomiting, lethargy, and a lack of coordination. Call your vet immediately. It only takes a couple days for liver failure to kick in, and by then it may be too late.
Who doesn’t love a good yeast roll? I don’t know anyone, and I know my pups adore breads. BE CAREFUL! A bite of pizza crust isn’t going to hurt poor Fido, but in large quantities it can cause painful bloating. In major cases it can cause the stomach to twist, which is life threatening (ever watch Marley & Me? THAT.).
That’s it for now, folks. Have fun spoiling your babies! I’ll have another list of foods they CAN eat coming up soon!