4 toxic foods you shouldn't feed your dog

Whether you're a dog owner or breeder, keeping your dog in a healthy condition should be a top priority. There are lots of foodstuffs out there that can harm your dog, with many human foods available that are toxic for them. If you're interested in learning more about canine nutrition and what not to feed your dog, read on.

Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the more well-known foodstuffs that is toxic for your dog, largely due to a component called theobromine, which is a stimulant. Dark chocolate has the highest amount of theobromine, but all chocolate is highly toxic for dogs and can lead to kidney failure and death, so it is imperative that they are not fed chocolate in any situation.

Alcohol

It's not unheard of for people to slip their dogs the odd alcoholic drink, but alcohol is highly toxic for dogs and should not be given to them in any quantity. Symptoms such as diarrhoea & vomiting, difficulty breathing, tremors, coma and death can occur if your dog is given alcohol, so it's a risk not worth taking.

Grapes and raisins

The reason why grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs is not yet known, but rest assured that they are highly toxic to dogs, often causing kidney failure. More information may come to light in the future about the cause of this toxicity, but for now, avoid giving your dog all grapes and raisins.

Nuts

Whilst there are a great variety of nuts available, none of them should be given to your dog to eat. Apart from the fact that they're a choking hazard, the oils and fats contained within nuts can cause symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting and pancreatitis. Macadamia nuts are particularly dangerous to dogs, also causing hypothermia and tremors in dogs, as well as the other symptoms listed above.

These are just some of the foods currently available that are toxic to your dogs. Before giving your dog a new food, it is important to check whether it is suitable for them to eat. For more information, please contact your local vet and BreederTec.

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