5 Common Home Foods that prove Deadly for your Dog!!

09 Apr 2016 | by Ruchika Anand | Posted in: Wag News

So you love your pet dog very much and just can’t wait to feed your little angel the choicest delicacies of the world. And why not? He has been the best of friends and except for the one odd instance of him being found pooping at your neighbour’s garden, has been the epitome of good behaviour. But what do you have in your hand, eh? Chocolates?... Think again before you feed him the most harmless looking thing in the entire world.
Not all home foods that humans savour with utmost delight are dog friendly. As a matter of fact, some of the foods may prove fatal for the Pugsters. We take a look at some of them which are best left in the hands of owners and why they are so deadly for your pet dog.

1. Chocolates

As much as we love to lay our hands on one, chocolates are perhaps the most common home food that ca prove fatal for your pet dog. It contains caffeine and Theobromine, which falls under the Methylxanthines category and are normally healthy for humans when taken in moderation unlike dogs. The severity of the effect depends on the chocolate colour, with white being the less harmful to darker ones being the most harmful. Vomiting, dehydration and irregular heart rhythm leads to seizures and ultimately death in dogs when the chocolate is ingested.


2. Milk and Cheese

Dogs can be lactose intolerant too. Surprised? You ought to be, since newborn pups do drink their mother’s milk. Milk and cheese have complex chemical sugars which cannot be broken down by the enzymes of lactose intolerant dogs. Consumption of milk products leads to gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhoea and vomiting. It can lead to serious bacterial infection lowering immunity.


3. Coffee 

It is not often you see a cute puppy doing loads of paperwork stuff or discussing the poor state of development in a country with a fellow puppy. So there is no reason whatsoever for it to need a caffeine kick to drag itself throughout the day. After all who needs coffee to pant throughout the day and lick the cells out of people? Coffee is rich in a stimulant known as Methylated xanthine. The compound elevates the heart rate of dogs, causing vomiting, restlessness and loss of consciousness.


4. Raw animal products

Naming your dog as ‘Leo’ is not going to turn him into a ferocious wild animal capable of ripping apart poor animals for meat. Domesticated dogs are not built in any way for the wild. Feeding your dog raw meat is not a safe option since it might contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that is harmful for dogs and humans alike. If feeding your dog a raw bone inspires confidence and seems natural, think again. A bone splinter might choke your dog to death, and even worse, might puncture his digestive tract causing fatal injuries.


5. Alcohol and Beverages

Needless to say, how alcohol ruins the health of humans, it affects dogs too in a similar manner. Alcohol gives us a drunk dog! Alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, decreased coordination, difficulty in breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death. Beverages also contain caffeine and a high CO2 content, which is harmful for dogs.

So think twice before you decided to offer them a new treat, after your furball is your heartbeat!