Often times when you are eating something, your puppy will come around, wiggling his tail, and looking at you with the irresistible puppy dog eyes, hoping for a bite of your food. There is no one who can resist that, right? You will feel the urge to share whatever delicious human food you are munching on with your pup. After all, every dog owner loves to spoil his or her puppy. It is understandable that you are being a good dog parent and it is not easy to say no to your little fur ball.
However, this sentiment can cause harm to your dog as a number of human foods are extremely dangerous for puppies. That’s why you will need to learn how to say ‘no’ to a puppy as it is in their best interest to keep them away from human food. There are a number of food items which are perfectly fine for human consumption, as well as some other animals, but they can be seriously poisonous and can cause serious harm to the internal organs of a puppy. Devouring such foods poses significant threat to the wellbeing and health of a puppy.
Scientist suggest that it is because of the difference in the digestive system, specially the variable rate of metabolism. It is a process where the food is broken down and the energy that is required for functioning of the body is derived from this activity.
Now, some human foods are just bad, while others can be deadly. So, it is an important part to be consider while raising a puppy at home.
Even for a puppy who has eaten them in the past and was not affected, they could still cause serious harm.
Here is a list of 5 kinds of food that should never be fed to a puppy at any cost:
First off in the list of dangerous foods for puppies is the most commonly discussed, chocolate. You must have heard this question often, is it safe to feed chocolate to your puppy? The answer is a big ‘NO’. Chocolates have a chemical called Theobromine, which is safe for human consumption but highly poisonous for a puppy. Almost every variety of chocolate contains this chemical, and it is abundant especially in the dark chocolates. If a puppy eats chocolate, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and in extreme cases it can disrupt the heartbeat, muscle tremors, seizures and even death. Just keep that stuff away from your puppy.
2. Pork, Fatty Meat, Salted Foods
Yes, you read that right. You cannot feed pork to your puppy. Along with pork, foods with high fat content like ham or meat slices can lead to pancreatitis in a dog. On top of that, these foods also have salt in abundance, which can disturb the gastrointestinal system and, in some cases, cause extreme thirst, which would make your dog bloated after drinking a lot of water. This could be fatal for a puppy.
Other food items like pretzels and popcorn are only harmful if they are salted. The problem with salted foods is that it can lead to sodium ion poisoning, along with extreme thirst and urination. If a puppy eats salted food it can cause diarrhea, vomiting, seizures and fever. It can also cause bloating similar to what eating bacon does. Salted food has the potential to be fatal, so it is recommended to avoid feeding it to your puppy.
3. Candies, Peanut Butter, Baked Goods
Sweets are just as harmful for a puppy as the salted food. Sweets have a toxic chemical ingredient xylitol, which can affect the blood sugar levels in a puppy and damage the liver. Symptoms range from vomiting, lethargy, seizures, loss of cognition, and even death. There are some sweet items, like peanut butter which do not include this chemical, but make sure to go through the mentioned ingredients label on any food item before feeding it to your puppy.
4. Garlic, Onion, Fruits with Seeds and Pits
Garlic and onions, no matter which form they are in, powdered, raw, dry or cooked, they are the worst kind of food for a puppy. They are straight up toxic, and can cause poisoning if consumed in any quantity. They have compounds of Sulphur, which lead to loss of red blood cells and anemia in a puppy.
Fruits that have big seeds or pits, like peaches are serious coke hazards in puppies. They also have amygdalin, a cyanide along with sugars that turns into HCN upon metabolization. Same is the case with seeds of pears, which contains strains of arsenic. Seeds of different foods which are big in size can cause blockage of intestinal tract in a puppy. Make sure that you are careful when feeding your puppy any fruits like these. If there are any plants in the backyard, you will have to inspect the droppings of your puppy for any signs of seed or pits consumption.
The gastrointestinal system of a puppy is not meant to deal with majority of dairy products. It is deficient in the enzymes that synthesize sugars present in the milk or other dairy items. They can cause upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation along with a number of digestive problems.
If your puppy eats any of these foods, do no panic and consult your vet if his condition starts to deteriorate.
ABOUT Kathie Lukas
Kathie Lukas is a freelance writer. She’s a passionate pet lover her topic areas mostly cover pet health and pet grooming and loves to travel and has never ending love for food. She has completed her graduation in animal sciences from the Kansas state University. You can find her on twitter @iamkathilukas.