Do you know that some common homemade food can have a great effect on your dog’s health?

In fact, a study conducted by two animal health researchers in Italy shows a list of homemade foods that are common in pet poisoning worldwide. 

However,  pet owners feeding their furry family members with homemade food are most time due to the lack of public knowledge of health issues it can cause to dogs and cats.  

The typical lifespan of a dog sometimes depends on breed’s, why the average lifespan is 10 to 13 years. Obviously, the dog doesn’t have much time to live. But how will you feel if you realize that you are depreciating your dog’s life with what you’re feeding it?

Homemade food you should never feed your dog.

Generally, dogs will always want to take anything that goes into their owner’s mouth, why some people cannot resist the look in their dog’s eye, they give it anything they eat. However, you can get your dog into trouble giving it what it shouldn’t eat. Not all foods that are good for you is good for your dog.

I’m not just going to tell you the type of homemade food you shouldn’t give your dog, but further explain the toxic substance present in each food, and how it can affect your dog’s life.

Below are homemade foods that can affect your dog.

1. Chocolate

Many people know the effect of chocolate on dogs,  but some ignore, thinking a small quantity of chocolate will not really affect their dog. No matter how small the quantity might be, the negative effect it will have on your dog will make a difference in its life.

Cocoa is the main product of chocolate, and it contains a toxin called theobromine which is a bitter alkaloid of the cocoa plant. 

It is present in all chocolates and much more in dark chocolate, it can cause an upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, internal bleeding, heart attack, muscle tremors, and death. 

These compounds alter cellular processes and result in the stimulation of both the central nervous system and heart muscles. Depending on the type of chocolate (dark chocolate has more theobromine than lighter chocolate), one small piece can be enough

It’s preferable to avoid giving your dog any form of chocolate no matter how little, enjoy your chocolate yourself and save your dog from sudden death. 

2. Feeding your dog with salty foods 

Avoid giving your dog any food that contains a high volume of salt. You can take a lot of things that won’t really affect you but it’s not the same with your dog.

Too much salt for dogs can cause excessive thirst or urination, and it may lead to sodium ion positioning. Sings of eating too much salt include dehydration, vomiting, high body temperature, and diarrhea. It is advisable to reduce the level of salt you share with your pet.

3. Fatty meat

Any form of fat either cooked or raw is bad for your dog’s health, it can cause pancreatitis ( inflammation in the pancreas),  which is caused by a high level of fat in the blood. 

Giving your dog fat can cause an upset stomach and sometimes lead to indigestion. It’s good to feed your dog with cooked meat, but avoid giving it fat that will shorten its life.

4.  Sweet corn

It’s obvious that corn is part of the common ingredient in dog’s feed, and many people find it easy to use it as a treat for their dogs. It can sometimes be dangerous for their health. The corb are very hard, in turn, they find it difficult to digest and can cause an internal blockage.

5. Onions and garlic

 Onions are known to add extra taste to our foods why garlic is also used for some medical reasons. This is not the same with dogs, onions contain an ingredient called thiosulphate that is very harmful to dogs 

A writeup on petpoinsonhelpline shows that “ garlic is considered to be about five times as toxic as onions for cat and dogs.” Onions don’t feet for dogs diet, either cooked or raw; and if you think you only use a small portion to add taste to your dog’s food, the small portion you’ve used will add up little by little and cause your dog’s life.

According to the review, between 1994 and 2008, there were 69 reported cases of dog poisonings and four cases of cat poisonings from Allium foods. The cases included a range of different foods: raw and baked garlic, Catalan spring onions (commonly known as “Calcot”), onion soufflé, butter-cooked onions and steamed dumplings containing Chinese chives.

The ingestion of onions causes hemolytic anemia which usually damages the red blood cell. Why other signs include pale gums, weakness, vomiting, and loss of appetite.

6. Sugary foods

Never feed your dog sugar. There is never a reason to put it into their bodies. The short term effects of sugar in dogs can be uncomfortable for them, but the long term effects can be disastrous.

Taking too much of sugar will affect you, it’s also applicable to your dog. Giving your dog sugary foods or junks will only damage their health. The effect of sugary foods on dogs are diabetes, obesity, depression and weight loss.

7.  Avocado fruit

Avocado fruits have a lot of nutrients, vitamins that are good for human consumption. Which is not the same for dogs?  If you are a fruit type or you plant avocado in your house, protect your dog from eating any part of it, the leaves, fruit, seed, and barks. It contains a toxic substance called porcine that could affect your dog.  

Avocado can cause stomach upset, obstruction, vomiting and diarrhea for your dog. 

8. Raw meat, egg, and fish

Meat, egg, and fish are good sources of protein for dogs, but feeding it raw can be dangerous for their health.

Raw meat, egg, and fish may contain bacteria like E Coli or salmonella which can cause skin problems. It is advisable to cook any fish, egg or meat you want to give your dog.

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