Sunday, September 27, 2009

What foods are bad for dogs

Harmful foods for Dogs

Below is a list of harmful foods for dogs. When you are considering a raw feed diet, or preparing your own meals for a dog it is important to know what foods are bad for a dog. We have included 10 foods a dog should not eat to help you choose the proper diet for your dog.

  1. Onions: Onions are bad for dogs because onions can break down your dog's red blood cells and severely decrease the oxygen that gets to your dogs blood. This problem may not show up immediately, but will build up over time. You should look for the following symptoms, loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting and malaise.

  2. Chocolate: Chocolate is bar for dogs because it can actually speed up your dog's heart rate which can lead to seizures and even heart attacks. In addition to that they can vomit, get diarrhea and have frequent urination. If you realize your dog has eaten some chocolate, it's best to get them to the animal emergency hospital right away.

  3. Alcohol: You should not give your dog alcohol because your dog's body just can't handle it. Alcohol could very easily give them alcohol poisoning and end up leading to death.

  4. Caffeine: Caffeine is a bad food for a dog because caffeinated products can cause your dogs heart to race rapidly which could cause a seizure or heart attack.

  5. Raisins and Grapes: Grapes are a bad food for dogs because they contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. It's best to keep your dog clear from both of these due to the fact that there still isn't a specific measurement of how much they can actually handle, plus they just doesn't agree with your dog's digestive system. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea and frequent urination.

  6. Avocados: These are very toxic for your dog. They have a chemical that can damage their body tissues. The ASPCA maintains that avocados are a bad for dogs to eat. "Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark contain a toxic principle known as persin,” according to Dana Farbman, CVT, of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. “The Guatemalan variety, which is the most common variety found in stores, appears to be the most problematic.”

  7. Raw Fish: Raw fish is another food that dogs should not eat. Raw fish contains parasites, so if your dog swallows these parasites, they will cling to the wall of their intestines. It takes a while to notice something is wrong with your dog so you need to have regular checkups with your vet. Make sure you thoroughly cook your fish before feeding it to your dog.

  8. Macadamia Nuts: These nuts can cause heart problems, seizures, high fever and even paralysis. In 94% of cases from 1998 to 2001, dogs that had consumed macadamia nuts were reported to be showing at least one of these clinical signs (ASPCA APCC AnTox Medical Record Database: Unpublished data, 1987-2001)

  9. Foods with Pits: Pits have cyanide in them and are extremely dangerous to your dog. It's possible for a pit to overtake the body of a small dog and they could die from it. Foods with pits are also bad for dogs as they may choke on them.

  10. Bread Dough:We all know how most dogs eat (without even chewing!) Since bread dough is soft, your dog could end up swallowing this whole. The dough can actually rise in the dog's stomach and cause terrible bloating and nausea. (very uncomfortable for them)
Thank you for reading this article about the 10 worst foods for dogs to eat. This article is great for anyone who gives their dog a raw feed diet, or is interested in all natural dog food.

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