What ''human'' food should dogs avoid?
Q: I feed my dog a lot of what I eat. I know that dogs are not supposed to eat chocolate, but what other "human" food should dogs avoid?
A: You are correct, chocolate should not be fed to dogs as it can cause heart rhythm abnormalities, as well as tremors and seizures. Just 15g of dark chocolate can be toxic to a 10kg dog!
You should also avoid onions as they can cause anaemia by destroying red blood cells (garlic is believed to have a similar effect). Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, inability to stand, and vomiting. Eating grapes and raisins can lead to kidney failure - no Christmas cake leftovers allowed for the four-legged members of the family!
Allowing your dog to eat raw or undercooked meat can lead to vomiting or diarrhoea due to Salmonella and E.coli bacteria. Mouldy food contains fungal toxins which can cause diarrhoea, tremors, and seizures.
Commercially prepared dog foods are nutritionally balanced and will meet all your dog's dietary requirements. If you wish to cook your dog's meals yourself, your veterinary surgeon can provide you with recipes which will ensure the home-made diet is nutritionally complete.
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