What should I NOT feed my dog? There are several foods that should not be given to dogs.
- Chocolate-- Chocolate in even small amounts can be deadly to
small dogs, and in larger dogs can cause serious health problems. The
culprit is theobromine, which causes increased heart rate and blood pressure.
Now, saying that, I've given my dogs a chocolate chip cookie now and then
with no ill effects, and Maesc once ate an entire 1 lb chocolate Santa from
underneath the tree (including the tin foil) and apart from being very
energized, he was fine -- although it was a pretty frantic call to the
vet, I can assure you.
- Raw Eggs -- Eggs are very good for dogs. In fact, they are the
most concentrated, valuable form of protein that a dog can get , as long as
they are cooked. Apparently, raw egg whites bind to the biotin that a dog
ingests and prevents it from being absorbed. Cooked eggs do not do this.
If you do feed eggs, it should not be more than 1 per pound of food.
- Cat Food -- Cat food, while most dogs love it, does not have the
right balance of nutrients for dogs. It won't hurt them in reasonable
amounts, but dogs probably ought not to eat it as their normal diet. Most
people who have dogs and cats have to put the cat food out of reach, since
dogs like the high fat content.
- Onions -- They contain a substance called n-propyl disulfide
which alters and eventually destroys the red blood cells of dogs causing
hemolytic anemia and sometimes death.
- Raw Salmon
-- this is a problem mostly in the NorthWest US, and is related to a
possible bacterial infection that can cause acute inflammation of the bowels,
often resulting in death.
- Booda Velvets-- There seems to be some online concern with these,
since, while they were advertised as "completely digestible", the things are
made at least in part from plastic.
- Chili -- Just trust me on this one. It wasn't pretty.
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