This World Chocolate Day (7th July), Natures Menu, the UK’s number one for raw pet food and Europe’s leading expert in raw, is aiming to raise awareness amongst UK dog owners of the lesser known human foods you shouldn’t be feeding your pet...
Amongst the list are onions, avocados and grapes, which can cause problems from kidney or red blood cell damage, to serious stomach problems.
Natures Menu Veterinary Nurse, Melanie Sainsbury said: “Many people see their dogs as one of the family and in doing so, often feed leftovers from the table or human food as snacks to their pets. It’s hard to avoid those puppy eyes when your pet just wants to eat whatever you are eating, but in doing so you could be causing more harm than you know.”
According to recent data*, the average vet bill for dogs that had eaten something they shouldn’t was approximately £600 in 2016, with a quarter of these involving chocolate. But what about the other three quarters?
With many pet owners unaware of what they can and can’t feed their pets this World Chocolate Day, Natures Menu has created a handy list to make sure your pet’s health stays in tip top form.
Many people know it, but some people still feed it. Chocolate, no matter how delicious to humans is extremely toxic to dogs. It contains the ingredient theobromine which unlike humans, dogs lack the vital enzyme to break it down. It can cause vomiting, seizures or in some cases even death.
Unfortunately, this delicious meat, drooled over by dogs up and down the country is bad for them. Not only can it lead to pancreatitis but once inflamed, the pancreas can stop functioning properly leading to all sorts of permanent digestive problems.
Onions can cause severe damage to cats and dogs’ red blood cells with the ingestion sometimes causing blood cells to burst.
4. Corn on the Cobs
Sweetcorn cobs are one of the most common foreign bodies requiring surgical removal from dogs and although we might think they are a healthy, fibrous veggie chew, dogs are unable to digest them not to mention the serious digestive tract damage they can cause. They are often stolen from the plate or out of the rubbish bin so keep them well out of your dog’s reach this summer to prevent a hefty vet bill for emergency surgery.
Avocado contains an ingredient called persin which has a toxic effect on many animals including dogs. Consumption can lead to breathing difficulties and fluid build-up in the chest.
Grapes and raisins are extremely toxic to dogs and can be fatal. Eating them can lead to severe kidney damage and can affect all breeds, shapes and sizes. Some dogs are affected more excessively than others but your best bet is not to feed it to them at all.
This herb has the same effect as onions causing severe damage to red blood cells in your dog’s body and gastrointestinal irritation.
Not the most common item in the fruit bowl but just less than half a star fruit is all it takes to cause acute kidney failure in dogs. Smaller breeds are more susceptible with the small fruit only taking between 1-6 hours to start poisoning your dog’s body.
Coffee contains caffeine which is bad for your pooch. Smaller breeds are more likely to be affected, but better to be safe than sorry and keep your latte to yourself.
10. Macadamia nuts
Consumption of macadamia nuts can cause vomiting in dogs as well tremors, not to mention depression. Keep your pet happy and healthy by making sure all nuts are kept out of reach.
Natures Menu Veterinary Nurse, Melanie Sainsbury, continues: “With many owners not completely sure of what they can and can’t feed their dogs, my main advice would be if you’re not sure, don’t feed it. Some human foods can have serious and life-threatening consequences for your pet’s health and a hefty vet bill that comes with it too. We appreciate this can sometimes happen by accident too, so if you do think your dog has eaten something they shouldn’t, the first thing to remember is not to panic. Call your vet immediately and they will be able to tell you what steps to take next.”
Of course, everyone in the family deserves a tasty treat this World Chocolate Day, so why not take a look at Natures Menu’s range of delicious treats that are the perfect snack for your dog this summer? What’s more, enjoy 20% off the treats range for online purchases up until the 31st July.