Even though dogs are primarily meat eaters, they do require a few vitamins and minerals that can only be obtained from the plant kingdom. But like us, a lot more plants are foe than friends. Make sure you monitor the vegetables that your dog eats, or else both you and your dog will suffer the consequences.
In truth, there are the hundreds of plants that are toxic to dogs. It may be difficult to remember all this foliage, but the truth is that we don’t use most of these at home. So to make things easier, here is a list of vegetables and fruits that frequent the cutting board, but shouldn’t be gobbled up by your precious pooch.
Grapes and Raisins
Even a handful of raisins are toxic to your dog. Symptoms that develop later include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and lethargy. Taking larger quantities can cause liver damage or kidney failure.
Not all mushrooms are toxic to dogs, but not giving them any is the safest bet. The most toxic mushroom to dogs is Amanita phalloides. Symptoms developed include abdominal pain, drooling, liver damage, kidney damage, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma and eventually death.
Onions and Garlic
These may be our favorite flavor enhancers, but not for the dog. Thiosulphate is the main culprit here. It’s found more in onions than in garlic. The compound causes a condition called hemolytic anemia where the dog’s blood cells burst during circulation, leading to death a few days afterwards.
Pits, Stems and Leaves
The above mentioned parts of fruits like Apple, Apricot, Almond, Peach, Wild Cherries, Balsam Pear, Plum, Prunes and similar fruit contain cyanide and are toxic to dogs as well as humans. It can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and death.
They are mildly toxic to dogs due to a toxin called persin. The large seed can also choke the dog or cause blocked intestines in small dogs. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and lack of stool production. Avocados are deadly for most other animals.
These are just a few fruits and vegetables that aren’t meant for your dog. Other common plant products to look out for include broccoli, cherries, nutmeg, daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, marijuana, morning glory, aloe vera, castor beans, tobacco, macadamia nuts, pointsettia and lantana.
Can My Dog Eat Dairy Products?
As long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant, almost all dairy products that do not have any added flavoring or preservatives can be given to your dog. Dogs love dairy products like cheese and yogurt and will happily lick tidbits off your fingers. Another added benefit of yogurt is that it increases the good bacteria in your dog’s intestines, as well as your own. It’s a tasty snack that both of you can enjoy on a stroll with no cares. The calcium in the yogurt helps in build strong bones and beautiful pearly whites. In case your dog is recovering from a bacterial infection, yogurt can help recolonize the good bacteria that have died from the medication. Make sure your vet gives the green signal first. And remember, a little of something goes a long way.