The Doggie Diaries: Food Confessionals

“Hello. My name is Bella. I’m a Boxer and I once ate half a bag of self-rising flour. There were biscuits starting to form in my mouth.”

“Good evening. My name is Copper. Proud mix breed here. I once ate a giant bag of Starbursts – wrappings and all.”

“Hey there. My name is Max. Golden Retriever. A couple of years ago I ate 3/4 of a Thanksgiving turkey.”

It goes without saying that if opportunity arises for dogs to get their paws on some human food most are going full-on carpe diem. And, most dog owners probably love to see the joy on their dog’s face when they slip their little furry love nugget a steak bone or an abandoned pizza crust.

However, there are some foods that humans digest without any problems that can wreck havoc on a dog’s body. Before giving your dog to a special treat, owners must know which foods they should never give their precious pups.

Chocolate: Chocolate contains both theobromine and caffeine, which can speed the heart rate and stimulate the nervous system of dogs. Even small amounts of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can cause diarrhea and vomiting. A large amount of chocolate can cause seizures, irregular heart function, and even death.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon and its oils can irritate a dog’s mouth. It can also lower a dog’s blood sugar too much and can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, increased, or decreased heart rate and even liver disease.

Garlic: Garlic is part of the Allium family along with onions, leeks and chives. And, while the whole Allium family should be avoided by dogs, it is important to note that garlic is five times more toxic to dogs than the others. Garlic can create anemia in dogs.

Grapes and Raisins: Although the exact substance in grapes and raisins that causes a toxic reaction in dogs isn’t known, the toxicity is well documented. Ingesting the fruit can cause acute and even sudden kidney failure.

Fried and Fatty Foods: Fried and fatty foods aren’t good for humans but they are particularly bad for our canine friends. Just a few bites of a high-fat food can cause a painful, dangerous condition called pancreatitis.

However, there are some human foods that are actually beneficial to your dog. Here are three of the top ones:

Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is packed with protein, healthy fats, niacin, vitamin B and vitamin E. Pups usually love peanut butter right off the spoon, or tucked in a toy for them to work on for hours.

Cooked Chicken: Cooked chicken provides great protein and most dogs love the flavor! Be sure to stick to chicken meat, avoid giving your dog cooked chicken bones.

Carrots: Carrots are high in fiber and vitamin A while being low in calories. Chewing raw carrots is also beneficial for your dog’s teeth. Sometimes, giving your dog a carrot stick can occupy them just like a chew toy!

Food is a great way to enjoy life – for humans and dogs. When it comes to our best friends just make sure you’re careful and selective as to what you give them. Always talk to your vet about the best food options for you pet and stick to pup-healthy options!