Onions, Garlic & Dough make for a great pizza! The same can't be said for your dog's meals.
You may know that you shouldn't feed your pet "table food", but do you know why? Are you aware of the effects some of
these foods may have on your dog or cat? Let's take a deeper look and learn what food you shouldn't serve your pet and why.
Onions contain thiosulphate which is an toxic ingredient to cats and dogs. Ingesting onions causes hemolytic anemia (damage to the red blood cells.) Toxicity from this food can cause the red blood cells circulating through your pet's body to burst.
Garlic is significantly more concentrated than an onion. Even smaller ingested amounts may lead to toxicosis—as little as one clove of garlic can lead to toxicity in both dogs and cats.
Unbaked bread/yeast dough can be poisonous to all pets. When ingested, unbaked bread dough expands in the warm, moist stomach environment which may cause a bloated stomach. This can then progress to a gastric-dilatation volvulus (GDV), which becomes "Bloat".
(Bloat is the #2 worldwide cause of death in dogs, only behind Cancer.)
Grapes / Raisins
Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure.
Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine
These three foods all contain methylxanthines. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines may cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures and even death.
(darker chocolate is the most toxic. White chocolate has the least methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.)
Always be cautious when feeding your pet anything other than their usual meals. These are only 5 of the many foods that contain harmful ingredients to your pet's health. If you are ever in doubt please either contact your pet's veterinarian or your local professional Pet Care Specialist, Ryan Pry "The Pet Guy" at DukeDogCare@Gmail.com!