That strange sensation.... a couple of eyes that look at you while you're having dinner or while you're enjoying a Banana lying on the couch? That strange presence behind of you with two dreaming eyes imploring you for "FOOOODDD" ... don't you worry, it happens to everyone!! Our dogs would do anything to "steal" a morsel of what you have in your hands ... even if it is a hammer or a toaster.
Unfortunately our beloved four-legged friends have a digestive system very different from ours, so it is possible that a pleasant and healthy food for us is extremely toxic and damaging for our dogs.
So we created a list of the main foods that our dear quadrupeds should avoid.
Very often we underestimate the effect that chocolate may have on our dogs .... but due to theobromine (a natural alkaloid present in cocoa plants) this extremely enjoyable food for us is actually a real poison for our friends. This alkaloid acts as a stimulant of the central nervous system with vasodilatory effect, the consequences can be irregular heartbeat, tremors and, in the most serious cases, death.
THE ONION FAMILY
Onions, garlic, shallots, leeks and chives contain n-propyl disulphide, a substance that can create serious blood problems for our dogs. Eating these products may cause weakness, vomiting, diarrhea and dark urine, but also (and especially) severe cases of hemolytic anemia have been reported.
GRAPES AND RAISINS
For humans, these are a great and a very healthy fruit. For dogs, however, can be extremely dangerous because in some cases they have caused severe damage to the kidneys.
They may cause weakness, vomiting, tremors, high temperature, abdominal pain, mucous pallor, temporary paralysis and movement abnormalities. In particular, you must be aware of the moldy walnuts because could contain a fungus that in extreme cases can also lead to the death of the dog.
ICE CREAM AND SWEETS
The most common thing (we do it all, let's not say no) is to give a bit of ice cream, a snack or a biscuit to our dogs looking at us eager for food... well it's a habit that we should avoid because in the nature an animal would never find a package of Skittles or an Ice Cream.
These extremely sweet products contain lactose, xylitol and a disproportionate amount of sugar .... all this can cause diabetes, obesity and liver damage.
HIGLY SALTY FOODS
Just as for us, the use of considerable amounts of salt can cause serious damage to the kidneys, amplified in the case of dogs already with cardiocirculation problems. There have been many cases of epileptic seizures so I would like to avoid salt in the diet of our loved ones.
TOMATOES AND POTATOES
These foods contain solanine, a substance that is not completely metabolized by the dog. Possible consequences of eating this substance are shortness of breath, tachycardia and serious damage to the digestive tract.
Dogs and cats do not metabolize alcohol... so don't let them taste beer (hops is on top of the black list), wine or anything else that contains it. Do not underestimate this, the consequences are so many and sometimes very serious !! There may be cases of vomiting, diarrhea, loss of motor capacity, central nervous system disorders, tremors, difficulty in breathing, metabolic imbalances and coma. Then keep the dog away from the cellar and don't let him go to the club with Grandpa for playing Texas Hold'em because then you know how things goes 🙂 🙂
SEEDS AND NUTS OF APPLE, PESCHES AND CHERRIES
It may seem strange... but in seeds there are cyanogenic glucidides!!! And what does that mean?? Well it's cyanide !!!! Of course... it is present in infinitesimal quantities but I guarantee that for dogs it is toxic even if in minimal doses.
But... what are we saying? All dogs eat bones!!! Okay, it's true ... but there are bones and bones!!! Avoid small ones (such as chicken and pigeon bones, for example) breaking them can become sharpened like blades and can cause lesions to the digestive tract.