When it comes to pets, the most important thing is knowing what you can and cannot feed them. If you stick to a pretty decent doggy diet everything should be OK right? Wrong. There is in fact a ton of foods that you probably didn’t know about that can actually be really bad for your dog, including some foods that are perfectly healthy for us as humans. There is nothing worse than having your little pup suffer over a simple mistake in their diet.
Chocolate is one of the most common foods that are bad for dogs. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine which fall under the methylxanthines category making it toxic. It can cause the dog vomiting, dehydration, abdominal pains, severe agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm, elevated body temperature, seizures and death.
Obviously; like humans, dogs drink milk from their mothers when they’re born. However, dogs can also suffer from lactose intolerance. Milk contains milk sugar that dogs don’t have the enzymes to break down. Consumption of milk could lead to vomiting, diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal problems. While it’s not immediately life-threatening, it can contribute to serious bacterial exposure in dogs that could eventually lead to disease.
- Grapes and raisins
Like Macadamia Nuts, grapes and raisins can be extremely toxic to dogs. While its currently unknown what chemicals and compounds are in grapes that cause toxicity to dogs, the results of consumption can be pretty bad. Grapes and raisins can cause rapid kidney failure. While it varies between dogs, symptoms may not show up in them. Other than kidney failure, dogs can also develop vomiting or diarrhoea as well as a lethargic state. Dogs will also develop dehydration and lack of appetite. Death from kidney failure may occur within three to four days.
Onions will do more than just make your dog cry. Onions contain compounds that can be harmful to dogs if ingested enough. Onions can damage red blood cells in dogs causing them to become weaker and move around less. If enough onions are consumed, a blood transfusion might be necessary.
- Macadamia Nuts
One of the more recent discoveries, Macadamia Nuts can be incredibly harmful to dogs if they’re eaten. The specific chemicals found in macadamias are still unknown however they are known to cause a toxic reaction to dogs if ingested. Dogs will develop weakness and an inability to walk, specifically in their hind legs. Vomiting, staggering gait, depression, tremors and hypothermia can also be caused.
Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol found in berries, plums, lettuce, mushrooms, oats, some other fruits and hardwood trees. It is extremely toxic to dogs. It causes a large release of insulin which rapidly results in very low blood sugar. Some dogs will show symptoms within 10 minutes although it can take up to an hour. Chewing gum is a common source of Xylitol. One piece can make your dog extremely ill.
But, why not make a dog friendly cake? Maybe for their birthday, or even if you feel like you just want to treat them. Here’s how to do it…
Ingredients- Makes one doggy cake
- 1 egg
- 65g peanut butter
- 60ml vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 80g honey
- 135g grated carrot
- 120 wholemeal flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Method – prep: 20 minutes > cook: 40 minutes > ready in: 1 hour
- Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a ring cake tin or medium square tin.
- Combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and honey, if desired, in a large bowl; blend well. Stir in the carrots and mix thoroughly. Sift together the flour and bicarb and fold into the carrot mixture. Spoon cake mixture into prepared tin.
- Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes; then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely