Human foods that hounds should avoid

We all love to spoil our beloved hounds, but did you know that there are some human foods that are strictly off-limits? We’ve spoken to some vets about what you should avoid sharing, and what to do if your dog does get their paws on a food that they shouldn’t!

Integrative Veterinarian Matthew Muir from The Natural Vet tells us the top three household food offenders for both seriousness and frequency of ingestion: 

  1. Chocolate – Dogs love it and will actively seek it out, chewing through gift-wrapping and sniffing them out in bags. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is similar to caffeine. Dogs and cats metabolise it much more slowly than we do and toxic levels can accumulate, leading to vomiting, diarrhoea, fast heart rate, hyperactivity, seizures and sometimes death.

  2. Cooked bones – Greyhounds are the perfect height for countertop surfing. That great Aussie tradition of a BBQ may help us relax, however, it can catch us off guard. Cooking renders the chemical structure of bone indigestible and can present a serious hazard via blocking the digestive tract. Other notable BBQ risks are silicon meat package inserts, kebab skewers and corn cobs. Always remember that dogs will probably go through the rubbish bin if left alone.

  3. Chewing Gum – A health-conscious trend away from high sugar consumption may pose increased risks to your pets. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is found in many sugar-free gums, toothpaste, sweets and other foods. It can cause a potentially life-threatening drop in blood sugar levels, liver failure and bleeding disorders in dogs. 

We asked Dr Shane Simpson of Karingal Veterinary Hospital what to do if you suspect that your dog has eaten a poisonous food.

“That’s an easy one! IMMEDIATELY call a veterinarian and ask for assistance. Make sure you have the details of what the dog has ingested, how much they ingested, when it was ingested, and what signs the dog is showing if any. Common clinical signs of poisoning include tremors, hyperactivity, seizures, vomiting and excessive salivation.”

While it is important to make sure you’re feeding your pup a healthy diet approved by your vet, of course you want to spoil them from time to time! Before you give them a little taste of what is on your plate, just make sure it is safe for dogs. And if in doubt, check with your veterinarian.

Looking for some healthy dog treats? Check out our indulgent pupcake recipe or why not try some pupsicles on a hot day?

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