When running a pet business, managing the health and safety of the dogs in your care is paramount. Often you will be asked to help with the feeding of your canine clients so having a knowledge of dangerous foods for dogs is important.
Many of us already know that dogs should not have chocolate, but there are actually many other foods that should not be given to dogs. Follow the list of 15 foods to avoid below before giving your client’s best friend a treat.
Anything from the onion family can cause gastrointestinal damage to dogs. So, the foods to avoid here are onions, chives and garlic
It is thought that grapes and raisins when ingested can cause liver damage and kidney failure. It is worth remembering that raisins can be in cereal bars, cakes and biscuits so these are to be avoided for dogs too.
Probably the most well-known food for dogs to avoid, cocoa contains a compound that dogs are not able to digest. It can build up in their system leading to lots of health problems, even cardiac arrest.
These are to be avoided due to the risk of the bones splintering which can cause many problems and in the worst cases could perforate their stomach.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener and can be found in lots of everyday foods such as toothpaste, sweets, chewing gum and some drinks. Giving xylitol to a dog can cause hypoglycaemia which in turn can cause liver failure and blood disorders.
Avocado plants contain a substance called persin which is found throughout the plant in it’s leaves, seeds and fruit. It can cause vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs. So, don’t feed avocado to dogs and avoid the plant itself.
Caffeine can be fatal for dogs so avoid tea, coffee, chocolate and energy drinks. It can also be found in cold and flu medication so make sure that these are locked away safely.
These can all contain bacteria that can cause food poisoning in both humans and dogs. Symptoms include vomiting and fever. It is best to give dogs cooked food to be sure to avoid the bacteria.
Lots of common baking ingredients such as baking powder and some spices can be toxic for dogs. So, keep dogs away from the store cupboard.