We humans eat a lot of stuff, but giving all these foods to you pet dog is probably not a good idea. The body of a dog don’t always work in the same way as ours do and certain foods can sometimes turn out to be really toxic for them. Although most dog owners try to keep their dogs on canine diets, sometimes it becomes irresistible for them to give their pets an occasional mouthful of human food. If you want to give your pet a table scrap, make sure that it is safe for canine tummies. If you’re unsure about a particular food, then don’t give it your dog. Also, if you think that your dog ate a food that you are not sure about, call your vet. Here is list of few food items that are good for your dog and some that should be avoided:
- Bananas – Bananas are perfectly safe for dogs as long as they don’t each too much. There is a lot of essential nutrients such as vitamin B, vitamin C and potassium in bananas. They’re also rich in fiber, which helps keep your dog regular. However, too much bananas can result in constipation.
- Apples – It’s okay to give your dog a small serving of apples. The fruit has high levels of nutrients such as vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium, and soluble fiber. The seeds, core and stem of an apple should be eliminated as they contain cyanide, which is toxic to both dogs and humans. While fruit provide nutrients to your dog diet, the largest portion of his food should be meat.
- Avocado – Avocados should not be given to a dog, because they contain a chemical known as persin, which is a fungicidal toxin that oozes out of the pit and is absorbed by the pulp. Although dogs won’t experience any serious reaction to this fruit, they can still get an upset stomach if they eat a lot of it. There is also the chance that the dog may eat the pit, which can block their digestive tract and cause serious problems.
- Popcorn – Although not toxic to dogs, popcorn is generally not recommended for Eating uncooked seeds can upset your dog’s stomach and lead to dental disease. Also, there isn’t much nutritional value in popcorn for it to be worth eating.
- Carrots – Carrots, rich in beta-carotene are a healthy snack for dogs. Not only are they great for your pup’s eyes but are also good for his skin and coat. You can feed your dog raw or cooked carrots, but take care not go overboard. Carrots contain sugar and so be careful if your dog has diabetes.
- Grapes – Grapes should not be given to dogs as they have been found to cause kidney failure in dogs. While some dogs can eat grapes without experiencing any serious side effects, others can develop life-threatening problems. If your dog is experiencing toxicosis, due to the intake of grapes, take him to the vet immediately.
- Mushrooms – Only store-bought mushrooms are considered safe for your dog. You should never ever let your dog eat wild mushrooms as some species of wild mushrooms can cause digestive problems, liver damage, kidney damage, or even serious neurological damage. However, some sources recommend not to feed your dog mushrooms.
Never feed your dog anything you’re not sure about. If your dog has accidentally ingested anything and experiences any sort of reaction, consult a veterinarian immediately. Also before giving your dog any human food, make sure to research just to make sure that it’s safe. Chocolate, onions, raisins, yeast dough, artificial sweeteners, macadamia nuts, alcohol, or coffee are some of the foods that should be never given to your dog. A better idea would be to consult your veterinarian to know what is safe and what is not.