I have been getting a lot of website traffic to a post I wrote about my Dogs eating almonds . After wondering why, I did some research and it turns out that Almonds may be a real hazard to dogs. Not all, but some.
See my new Dangerous Food For Dogs post for a very comprehensive list of dangerous foods and an explanation of why they can be dangerous. It is much more detailed with lots of much more intenseley researched information. You can also download 245 Homemade Dog Food Recipes and really know what is in your Dogs food.
I admit to being completely unaware of this and it led me to do some further research in to what is dangerous for Dogs to eat.
This was also further inspired by a Twitter conversation I had where I said that the pupmonster Jet loved apples and grapes. It turns out that grapes and raisins are also dangerous for Dogs although the reasons why are hard to clarify.
There is a great book that lists loads of great treats you can make for your Dog at home and, as it is related to this blog by name I couldn’t resist. Three Dog Bakery Cookbook: Over 50 Recipes for All-Natural Treats for Your Dog is jam packed with safe recipes for great Doggie treats.
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There were certain things I knew about that you should not feed to Dogs, such as raw pork and pork bones (unless it has been frozen first), chocolate, alcohol and anything with caffeine in it.
Raw Pork is not toxic asa such but there small worms present that can harm your Dog. Freezing Raw Pork or Pork Bones for a few weeks is a safe way to ensure your Dog can then happily munch away.
There are however, to my surprise, a lot of other foodstuffs that you should try to avoid letting your Dog eat.
- Hops.Can case a seizure or even death
- Large amounts of Liver. Can cause a Vitamin A deficiency
- Macadamia nuts.As with Almonds the toxin is unknown
- Onions. Can cause aneamia and are toxic to dogs
- Avocados. Can cause vomoting.
- Tomatoe plants. Can cause heart tremors
Now during my research I came across quite a few things that I have a real problem with.
Chicken Bones. Many are saying not to give dogs chicken bones or bones from any meat. Cooked bones sure, because they are very brittle, but raw bones. Please! This is the basic diet that many dogs are almost exclusively fed ( Raw Meaty Bones Promote Health ). As far as I know the only dangerous part of a chicken to a Dog is the needle like bone in the thigh which is easily removed.
Fat trimmings as it may cause pancreatitis. I can’t believe a tiny bit of fat now and then would be a problem. If it was in large amounts then I understand but if we try to feed our Dogs responsibly then surely it is not really a problem.
Eggs. Because it may cause Salmonella. I know there is a very slight risk of salmonella in raw eggs but it is very slight indeed. Eggs on occasion are always given to our Dogs. Although not at the moment as our chickens are not laying (hurry up)! I don’t see an issue with this. Dogs in the wild would naturally scavenge for eggs and I don’t think there is sufficient risk to warrant this being a case. Also Dogs are much less likely to suffer from food poisoning than we are.
This is by no means a comprehensive list but I am glad the opportunity to find out about some of these dangerous foods for Dogs came up. Strange what a combination of Twitter and Google can result in. Make 245 Homemade Dog Food Recipes easily and your Dog will always have a great treat.
You may also like to look at other important things you need to know about looking after Dogs.
May the Doggie Force be with you all.