5 Foods you should never feed your dog

While we are encouraged to test our taste buds and try new foods, the same can not be said for our beloved pet dog. Most dogs will eat anything you put in front of their noses, so it’s important that you are clued up on which foods you should never feed your dog to ensure they remain healthy and happy. Our experts at Jaycliffe Pets have put together a list of just a few foods to avoid feeding your dog and why:

  1. Fat trimmings

While it may be tempting to feed your dog the leftover fat trimmings from the cooked and uncooked meat of your Sunday roast, this can be harmful to your pet pooch as it can cause pancreatitis. Furthermore, the bones found in meat can encourage choking.

  1. Onion, garlic and chives

Feeding your dog onions, garlic or chives while making dinner may seem harmless but it can in fact cause gastrointestinal irritation and possibly destroy a dog’s red blood cells which can lead to anaemia.

  1. Macadamia nuts

Within recent years, we have been encouraged to eat macadamia nuts by nutritionists who promote the myriad of benefits for humans, including weight loss, reduced cholesterol level and source of protein. However, ingestion of macadamia nuts can be fatal to dogs, and it only takes a small amount of raw or roasted nuts to make a dog seriously ill. Symptoms include:

  • weakness
  • depression
  • vomiting
  • tremors
  • hyperthermia
  1. Coffee, tea and other caffeine

Many of us find ourselves reaching for a grande cappuccino or large mug of tea to wake us up in the morning, but the ingestion of coffee, tea and other caffeine, including beans and grounds, can be fatal to dogs.

Remember, caffeine can also be found in:

  • cocoa
  • chocolate
  • fizzy/stimulant drinks
  • some medication and painkillers
  1. Chocolate

For many of us, chocolate is a guilty pleasure, perfect for that quick sugar fix. However, all chocolate contains a toxic agent known as theobromine which often causes vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs, possibly leading to:

  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • death

These are just a few examples of foods you must not feed your dog, so before you toss any leftovers into your pet’s dog bowl, we strongly recommend you check whether their bodies can digest them correctly first.

Here at Jaycliffe Pets we are dedicated to making your pet’s stay with us as enjoyable and beneficial as possible. Our specialist team and state-of-the-art kennels and cattery mean you can rest assured knowing that your beloved pets are going to be safe and comfortable while you’re away. We cater for all ages, needs, breeds and diets, so don’t hesitate to contact us today to find out more!