Dogs are an integral part of our life. We share many moments with them, and their presence is common even in big cities. Dogs can now take trips with us to select beaches, bars, restaurants, and even special bakeries!
Despite all the positive aspects of the more frequent presence of dogs in our lives, it is important to remember that dogs are not human beings and that their lifestyle and diet should be different from ours. Their diet must be adapted to their size, age and constitution.
A poor diet can have serious and even fatal consequences for your dog. Avoid foods such as avocado, chocolate, coffee and tea which can be very irritating to the stomachs of our dogs.
Our best friend needs a diet high in carbohydrates and protein. The proportions will vary according to its individual characteristics, such as age, race, pace of life and size. The veterinarian will help us choose the best diet for our dog.
The first thing that will determine the dog’s diet is its size. If he is smaller than him, he may need twice as many calories as larger dogs. He will need to follow a diet high in fat and carbohydrates.
If our dog is large, he will have a slower metabolism and a bigger appetite. These dogs are more likely to gain weight quickly and will need more protein than fat.
Your dog’s characteristics will dictate what you feed him. But there’s one thing all dogs should know: the foods they shouldn’t eat. Here are some examples.
Some mushrooms found outdoors can be toxic to dogs, just as they are to humans. If your dog is spotted in Unknown Mushrooms, be sure to keep an eye out for him.
Foods High in Salt
We are referring to salty snacks like popcorn, chips and pickles. They are unable to process these salts in their body and can become very sick.
While this may seem obvious, and we don’t think anyone would ever give their dog alcohol at this point, it’s important to point out that alcohol is strictly prohibited for dogs and all other animals. It can lead to death.
Numerous studies have shown that grapes can be toxic to dogs. However, the mechanism behind this toxic effect is not yet known. Grapes and raisins can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and upset stomach in dogs. Cherries are not recommended as the pits can be toxic to dogs.
Even small amounts of citrus can cause stomach irritation in dogs, leading to pain and poor digestion. Avoid them at all costs.
We have to be careful about the nuts we give our dogs. While some nuts are beneficial in small amounts, others, such as walnuts, macadamia nuts, and nutmeg, can cause neurological damage. If in doubt, consult your veterinarian.
Coffee, tea and chocolate
These substances are strictly prohibited for dogs. They can irritate the stomach and cause vomiting, pain, diarrhea and nausea. They can lead to long-term heart problems.
onion and garlic
Both of these foods contain a substance called Thiosulfate which dogs cannot digest due to an enzyme deficiency. It can cause tachycardia and anemia, as well as fainting, listlessness, and other symptoms.
Milk and dairy products
You can give your dog yogurt and cheese, but only in moderation. They like them very much. On the other hand, you should not give milk to your dog. He doesn’t like it and can’t digest it well.
Xylitol is found in many products labeled “sugar-free.” It is a sugar alcohol and can be very dangerous for dogs. Artificial additives should be avoided.