What food not to feed to dogs
As dogs' digestive systems are different to ours, you need to be aware of what your dog can and can't eat.
Some things will only cause an upset stomach, but others can have severe effects that could jeopardise your dog's life.
What foods to keep away from your dog:
- Alcohol - can cause intoxication, coma or even death.
- Bones from fish, poultry or other meat sources - can cause an obstruction or even perforation of the digestive tract.
- Cat food - too high in proteins and fats.
- Anything containing caffeine - affects dogs' hearts and nervous systems.
- Fat trimmings - can cause pancreatitis.
- Milk and dairy products - many dogs do not have enough of the enzymes that break down the lactose in diary products.
- Mushrooms - which can contain toxins for dogs.
- Garlic and onions (in any form) - contain sulfoxides and disulfides that can damage your dogs red blood cells and cause anaemia.
- Table scraps in large amounts - simply because they are not nutritionally balanced and should never make up more than 10% of your dog's diet.