Dogs eat pretty well, when you think about it. Their food is all scientifically balanced and nutritionally fortified and optimized for canine health. The truth is, dogs don’t need table scraps. They just want them. It’s up to you, their owner, to make sure they eat what’s best for them. But when it comes to people food, denying your dog’s indulgence can do more than just keep them healthy—it can also keep them alive. Here are some foods you should never, ever feed your dogs.
- Fat and Bones. What? You should never give a dog a bone? It’s true. Unlike rawhide strips or sticks, bones can form dangerous splinters when bitten and cracked, and those splinters can cause internal bleeding or choking. And the fat from that ribeye you just devoured is dangerous as well. Leftover fats, whether cooked or raw, can cause pancreatitis in dogs.
- Grapes and Raisins. These two popular snacks can sometimes cause kidney failure in dogs, though not all the time. The scariest part is that scientists and veterinarians don’t know what chemical is responsible, nor why it only affects some dogs some of the time. Best to avoid them altogether.
- Chocolate and Caffeine. Just about everyone knows not to give their dogs chocolate (if you missed that memo, don’t give your dog chocolate!), but not everyone knows why. A chemical called theobromine is the main culprit in chocolate, but not the only one. Many chocolates also contain trace amounts of caffeine. Any amount of caffeine is dangerous to your dog, as are dairy products and sugar—basically all the things that make chocolate so wonderful for humans.
If you feel the need to feed your dog from the table because you have trouble affording healthy dog food, you can go online to the websites of your favorite brands and find free printable dog food coupons. Printable dog food coupons, vigilance, and a healthy dose of common sense can all help keep your dog happy and healthy for years to come.