Sunday, November 18, 2007

Holiday Food Delimma: Foods Your Dog Should Avoid

Regardless how many times I hear or read that it is bad to feed your dog table food, once in a while I give in. Although we all hate being a victim of the sad puppy eyes while we are eating, there are certain foods that are completely off limits to dogs. These foods include:
  • Chocolate - Acts as a stimulant and can cause cardiac arrest
  • Grapes/Raisins - Cause problems for kidneys and digestive system
  • Onions - Breaks down red blood cells and deprives cells of oxygen
  • Macadamia Nuts - Can cause fever, irregular heartbeat, seizures, or mild paralysis
  • Alcohol - Extremely susceptible to alcohol poisoning
  • Bread dough - Dog's body heat causes dough to rise in stomach and could rupture stomach; also releases alcohol compounds, which is detrimental
  • Caffeinated Beverages - Acts as a stimulant and can cause increased heart rate, causing seizures or heart attacks
  • Avocados - Damages heart, lung, and other essential tissues
  • Pitted Fruits (Peaches, Pears, Cherries, and Apricots) - pits of these fruits contain small doses of cyanide
  • Raw Fish - May contain parasites which attach to your dog's intestines causing symptoms similar to those of distemper or parvo
  • Milk and other dairy products - A large number of dogs are lactose intolerant
  • Mushrooms - May contain toxins causing shock to the dog's system
  • Salt - A little is okay, but too much can cause electrolyte imbalances
  • Xylitol - An artificial sweetener that can cause hypoglycemia
  • Chicken Bones - Especially cooked bones are brittle and can break off and puncture the stomach or esophagus
  • Turkey skin/Ham fat - Too much fat can cause pancreatitis; When a dog eats a high-fat meal, its pancreas overproduces enzymes, to the extent that they actually begin to "digest" the pancreas and inflame it

No raw fish for Max... only toys!

This is just something to think about during the holiday season, as your guests may think it is cute to feed your puppy table food. Some options are keeping your dog in another room while the food is being served, or asking your guests not to feed your dog table food because it could make him sick. Try to feed your puppy before the dinner so he is not begging for food!

Also be sure to check the floor to make sure no food was dropped and in the dog's reach. Make sure all trash is out of reach as well. Last year my parent's yorkie knocked over the trash can and had a merry time digging the garbage!

Treating your puppy to part of your holiday feast is fine, but make sure you limit the amount, and refrain from too much fat.

Max loves to have a little turkey to celebrate the holidays... what is your favorite holiday treat?


Peanut said...

I eat raw fish and chicken bone all the time. Pacific northwest salmon is really the only raw fish you have to worry about. I don't eat that. My chicken bones are always raw never cooked. Cooked bones are bad.

Momo :) said...

Max, thank you for posting this! This is a good reminder for many dog owners including my pawrents. They almost fed me turkey skin during Thanksgiving. (Our Thanksgiving was over a month ago!).

I am glad you mentioned about Anthony Bourdain! He's actually our No. 1 favorite chef! We love his show called The Cook's Tour and we're still looking for the rerun!

Momo xoxo

Snowball said...

I am eating home cooked food so does that mean I am getting table scraps too? :p heeee...heee...


Asta said...

Thank you fow that's weally impowtant to know these things..! Mommi didn't know about the tuwkey,and she does sometimes give me things fwom the table, but she is vewy caweful and gives me the tiniest amounts,and none of the nono stuff!
I hope you have a lovely holiday!
Max you awe such a cutie, stay healthy and happy!
smoochie kisses

serendipity said...

Thanks for the reminder. It's so easy to forget and...hard to resist when our doggies give us the puppy eye, isn't it? ;-)


ya, mommy said chicken bone can brittle and sharp so we ar not alow to eat them, but chicken neck is ok cos it won't brittle.

Ferndoggle said...

Thanks for the great reminders! We eat chicken bones, but only raw. They're YUMMY! Same with turkey necks.

But we steer clear of the rest of the stuff. Bad for us!!

Sherman, Penny & Lola

Simba said...

Thank you for that infomation. Mummy didn't know about some of them, I could have died!!

Simba xx

umekotyan said...

Thank you for information on food.
I want also to take care.

from loved ume tyan

Bella the Boxer said...

Great advice! Earlier this year I ate some ham and got really sick...I ended up at the emergency vet with pacreatitis. My parents felt soooooo bad!!

xoxo - Bella

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Natural Dog Supplements said...

Thanks for information. It was very helpful and now I would make sure that my dogs stay away from those poisonous stuff.But I never knew that chocolate could be harmful to dogs