Your dog is part of your family so when the family eats, it’s natural to give in to the urge to feed your pup what the family is enjoying. Some human foods are just fine for your dog’s health while others can damage more than their waist line. In fact, some common foods are downright poisonous for dogs.
Caffeine is lethal to dogs in high does. Caffeine poisoning is incurable and causes muscle tremors, restlessness, bleeding and heart palpitations. Keep your dog away from cough medicine, diet medications, energy drinks, soda, coffee (including beans and grounds), tea, chocolate, and cocoa.
Onions and garlic contain compounds that attack dogs’ red blood cells which can lead to anemia. Keep all forms away from your pets, including dehydrated, powered, and raw as well as any dishes containing them. Anemia can seriously slow your four legged friend down causing trouble breathing, lethargy, and loss of appetite.
Omega-3 rich avocados are getting the reputation as a super food for your two-legged family members but should be kept away from your pooch. That means no guacamole or avocado of any kind, including any part of the tree because persin, the compound that affects dogs, is found in the flesh, skin, bark, and leaves of the avocado tree.
Alcohol of any kind should be kept away from your dog. The same way it can affect humans it will affect dogs more than tenfold. Since dogs are much smaller, they can develop vomiting, diarrhea, nervous system depression, and a dangerous lack of coordination after ingesting small amounts.
These foods are not the only ones that can cause harm to your pet, check with a vet if you are unsure a specific food is safe. Keep your dog safe by feeding him only recommended treats and food formulated for dogs. If human food is given as a treat, make it lean meat without any sauces or gravies.