Dogs are ‘Mans best friend” or so they say. They all have their own unique personality, to the point that they very quickly become part of the family. While most dog owners are aware that only the highest quality, vet-approved foods should be fed to their dog, they also have a hard time not giving him a treat at the dinner table. A little human food every now and again isn’t going to hurt, assuming of course that what you are giving him won’t upset his belly. If your don’t want to end up visiting your local Rosemount vet with a sick dog, be aware of what he can and cannot eat.
Dog Food To Avoid
You are probably all well aware that chocolate is one of the things that will lead your Sunshine Coast dog to the Nambour vet’s office if he gets into it, but that is not the only food item that is essentially poison to your pup. Alcohol is probably one that you already know about, but you may not be aware that caffeine is also not good for the delicate stomach of your dog. For example, if you leave a half finished cup of coffee laying around at nose level, your dog will get in there and have a drink. This could prove to be a messy error.
The same rules apply with salty snacks, which may be something that we have all fed to our dogs at one time or another. It’s natural to throw your little guy one or two crisps when you are enjoying a big bag, but that excess salt can wreak havoc in his stomach, leading him to require more frequent urination than usual. Milk and dairy products are also an issue. Dogs love cheese, but since they cannot process larger amounts of lactase, you are likely looking at a sever bout of diarrhea if you give him too much dairy.
Nuts are another food item that need to be kept out of reach of your dog. There are a lot of oils found in nuts, and those can wreak havoc on your dog’s stomach, with pancreatitis a distinct possibility over time. Grapes and raisins are not recommended for dogs, along the same lines of chocolate, While these delicious treats may be fine for us, they are most certainly not something that your dog needs to be ingesting.
While it may sound as though all human food is off limits for your pup, there are in fact some good things that you can give as a treat. If you are not sure what those foods are, talk to your local Diddillibah vet to find out what you can give your dog or cat for a reward when they are behaving as they should. Your vet can supply you with a list of foods that are both good and bad, but they will also probably tell you that sticking with a healthy food made especially for dogs is the safest way to go.