Hands up anyone who has shared a morsel or two with their four-legged friends! If you are guilty of doing this, it is important to consider that doing this can be potentially bad for them, and in some cases even prove fatal.
Dog experts at Tails.com take a look at the top four human treats you should never feed your dog and how what we are feeding them can affect their weight and well-being:
Most dog lovers are aware that you shouldn’t feed your pampered pooches chocolate, but it is still important to remember that if your dog eats even a tiny amount of this human treat it is harmful for them, and dark chocolate is the most poisonous kind of chocolate to dogs. Eating it can result in diarrhoea and vomiting, and a large amount can have other serious effects including seizures or heart complications, so always keep chocolate well out of sight and reach from your dog!
Macadamia nuts are one of the most toxic human foods to dogs. If ingested these can affect your dog’s nervous system and can cause ataxia, inability to walk and in severe cases, vomiting and gastrointestinal issues.
Garlic and Onions
Along with leeks and chives, garlic and onions are all part of the Allium family, and are highly toxic to dogs. Even a tiny amount eaten can cause anaemia in your dog, so don’t give your dogs any leftovers that contain these as in severe cases consumption can cause organ damage, organ failure or death.
Sugar and sugar substitutes
Sugar can be very bad for your dog, just as it is bad for us. Too much sugar can lead to dental issues, obesity and diabetes. Sugar substitutes can also be lethal too, especially Xylitol, which is found in low-fat peanut butters, sweets and in some baked goods. Always check the ingredients, especially if you give your dogs peanut butter in Kong toys.