It’s summertime and the weather is hot! There is no better way to cool down from fun in the sun than by eating a cold, creamy ice cream cone. As you enjoy every lick of coolness, your eyes peer down at two big brown eyes pleading for a taste. Stop right there! Did you know that milk and milk-based products can cause diarrhea in your dog, other digestive problems, and set your dog up for possible allergies that disguise themselves as itching?
You love your dog and don’t like to watch him/her beg for people food treats, but feeding your dog human foods, even the smallest amount, can cause serious health problems and even death for your canine friend. Here are some foods that you should avoid leaving around the house:
Avocados: You might think you are helping your dog eat healthy by sharing your guacamole on a taco chip, but guacamole contains the substance persinwhich consumed in large amounts is toxic to dogs. This includes eating the leaves, seeds, bark, and fruit.
Grapes and Raisins: You might think that grapes and raisins make great treats because they are small, but grapes and raisins can make your dog ill and may cause kidney failure. This one fruit you want to keep off the kitchen counter and inside a refrigerator.
Fat Trimmings and Bones: Feeding a dog fat trimmings and bones is probably one of the most common mistakes people make. Fat trimmings have been known to cause pancreatic in dogs and bones are dangerous because dogs can choke on them or they can splinter and cause an obstruction or laceration of your dog’s digestive system. Don’t give a dog a bone!
Raw Eggs: Giving a dog raw egg either the yolk or egg white can cause food poisoning from salmonella or E Coli. An enzyme in raw eggs interferes with the absorption of a particular B vitamin. This can cause skin problems as well as problems with a dogs coat if fed raw eggs for a long period of time.
Salt: There are many foods that contain salt like pretzels and potato chips. But if dogs eat too much salt, the dog might suffer from excessive thirst, urination, and to sodium ion poisoning.
To make sure that your dog has a healthy diet, consult with a veterinarian for the best food choices. Although most foods meant for human consumption should be avoided, there are some fruits that your dog can enjoy in moderation. Fruits such as apples slices, bananas, oranges, and watermelon make for a nice treat.