Almost every dog ? owner gives some of his own food to his dog. Who can resist those big sweet eyes who stare at you with every bite ?! In principle, this can not be so bad (as long as you pay attention to the weight of your dog), but you have to be careful, because not all the food we eat is healthy for your dog, and sometimes food is even poisonous and very dangerous. In the worst case it can even lead to the death of your dog !
One of the most dangerous types of food for a dog is chocolate. And especially dark chocolate or cocoa. In cocoa, the substance is theobromine. This substance can lead to an irregular or faster heartbeat in dogs, and in the worst case to cardiac arrest. It depends on the type of chocolate and the size of the dog how harmful it is, here you will find a table in which it is explained exactly. The smaller the dog, the faster chocolate is a problem. If your dog eats chocolate then it is wise to call the vet. The faster the better, because as long as theobromine is not absorbed in the blood, the easier it is to intervene. Also important to know, in cocoa pods that are often used in gardens is also cocoa, and these are also dangerous for the dog !
2. Raw pork
Another product that you have to be very careful with is raw pork. You can easily throw your dog a piece of raw chicken or beef during cutting, but never pork! Why not ? Pigs can be infected with the Aujeszky virus, also called pseudo rabies. Rabies is also known as rabies, and the symptoms of this infection are similar, hence pseudo. If your dog is infected, there is no antibody and the disease ends up deadly. If the meat is well heated, then the virus will die, so the meat is safe for dogs. For example, pay attention to a BBQ. Do you have chops, or pork tenderloin skewers, put this well away so your dog can not reach it !
3. Grapes (and Raisins)
Grapes, and therefore raisins (dried grapes) are poisonous for dogs. Why this is precisely not yet known. There is something in grapes that is harmful to the kidneys of dogs. They also do not know whether eating one grape every day is just as bad as when a dog eats a whole bunch of grapes at once. Probably the damage accumulates. It is better to just give your dog no grapes at all.
Another fruit that is dangerous for dogs is the Avocado. Avocado contains the substance persine, not toxic to humans, but for dogs. The substance is in the shell and the kernel. Dogs can not break down persine, and this leads to lethargy, tightness, subcutaneous fluid retention, blue discolouration of mucous membranes, coughing, and reduced stamina.
5. Macadamia nuts
Macadamia nuts can be very harmful to your dog. If your dog has eaten it, the following symptoms may occur within 12 hours : paralysis symptoms on the hind legs, vomiting, walking as if he is drunk, and a high body temperature. In most cases the dog has recovered completely after 72 hours. But it is always wise to call the vet !
6. Raw potatoes
This applies not only to dogs, but also to people, beware of uncooked potatoes. There is a substance called solanine, which is mainly found in the skin and the foothills of the potato. The poisoning can lead to diarrhea, nausea, breathlessness and cramps. A cooked or baked potato can not harm dogs.
7. Cooked bones
Dogs love to chew on a tasty bone. However, you can not just give every bone. Dogs must learn to eat bones, first you start with ‘easy’ bones like a chicken neck. But more importantly, never give a cooked bone. These change in structure and can splinter, very dangerous for the dog! Does not give the bone of your chicken leg to your dog! here you read more about giving bones to dogs.