Most dog owners are aware that chocolate and alcohol are toxic if ingested by their dogs. But did you also know that seemingly harmless foods such as macadamia nuts and tomatoes could also be toxic to your dog? What other kinds of foods should you avoid feeding to your dog?
Hard Seeds, Stones or Cores
Never let your dog eat any food such as corn cobs, peach stones, or apple cores. According to the article Macadamia Nuts, Tomatoes Added to List of Dangerous Foods for Dogs, which appears on Petsmart.com, hard seeds, stones or cores can become lodged in the digestive tract of dogs if they are eaten.
Rotten, mouldy food is not only harmful to humans, but it can also lead to food poisoning in dogs, if they inadvertently ingest rotten food without your knowledge. Always dispose of any rotten, mouldy food quickly so that Rover does not dig through your bin in the kitchen foraging for scraps.
Never feed your dog a high-fat diet of kitchen scraps such as fried chicken scraps, or items cooked in grease. Not only will a high-fat diet lead to obesity in your dog, but a diet high in fat can also lead to pancreatitis in dogs. If your dog develops pancreatitis, your dog might need to be admitted to an animal hospital for treatment.
Onions and Garlic
Onions are garlic are rich in vital vitamins and minerals, which can help lower cholesterol and fight illness, but in dogs, onions and garlic can have adverse effects. According to The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Keeping Your Pet Happy, Healthy & Active by Betsy Brevitz, D.V.M, dogs that ingest large amounts of onions and garlic can develop a condition known as haemolytic anaemia. This is a serious condition that can break down red blood cells and cause fatigue in dogs.
If you are unsure about giving your dog certain “human” foods that could result in serious harm, always consult your veterinarian, who will be able to advise you on the types of foods that should never be given to your dog.
Petsmart.com, Macadamia Nuts, Tomatoes, Added to List of Dangerous Foods for Dogs.
Google Books, The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Keeping Your Pet Happy, Healthy & Active, by Betsy Brevitz, D.V.M.