Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Dog Treat Ingredients to Avoid

Do you make your own pet treats? Did you know that there are certain foods that dogs should not eat? Some of these foods are very healthy for humans, but can prove fatal for dogs. So if you do make homemade dog treats, plan on leaving these items off your ingredient list. 

The following is a partial list of foods dogs should not eat and the untoward effects they can cause.

dangerous dog treats
Dog treat ingredients to avoid include avocados

  • Avocados: can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Avocado leaves, seeds, bark and the fruit itself contain a substance called Persin, which can ultimately cause congestive heart failure. Healthy alternatives for dogs include sweet potatoes, bananas, or apples.
  • Grapes and Raisins: these fruits can cause kidney failure. The toxin is not known, but dogs should not be given these to eat. Another problem that can occur with these small foodstuffs is choking.
  • Onions: a large amount of this vegetable can cause gastrointestinal irritation and damage a dog's red blood cells. Garlic and chives in large amounts will do the same. An occasional piece will not cause a problem.
  • Nuts: can create susceptibility for choking. Some dogs eat very quickly and gobble up any food they find. A small nut can become lodged in the throat very easily. Macadamia nuts are delicious and decorative in cookies and candies for people. But if ingested by a dog, be on the lookout for weakness, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia. 
  • Raw meat, eggs and bones: Although it is a current trend to feed pets with raw meat, keep in mind that those products are processed very carefully. Just like for humans, raw food items can be dangerous because they may contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella or E. Coli. Raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that interferes with the absorption of biotin, a B vitamin, that promotes skin and coat health. (Cooking the eggs destroys the enzyme.) If you think it's a good idea to feed your dog raw bones because it will help him return to his ancestral ways of living in the wild, stop and rethink it! Not only can raw meat contain bacteria, but the bones can splinter and puncture a dog's GI tract. Groceries often sell packages of marrow bones also called soup bones. You can place these on a paper plate in the microwave for 2 minutes, and the meat inside will cook. Just make sure the bone is cooled before you give it to the dog, who may try to grab the hot bone in his mouth and sustain a burn.

There are other foodstuffs that dogs should not be given, like chocolate. We will cover those in  another post.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this. I am going to make a folder to have on my table with info about my ingredients, good things for dogs as well as the bad stuff. This is great.

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