His palate can be more refined than you can imagine! Does your dog make your eyes languid with the hope of not being able to enjoy a plate of tagliatelle with meat sauce or a slice of cake with you? If you love him, don’t give in!
Many foods, healthy for humans, could be dangerous, sometimes toxic, for your four-legged friend! Here are 10 foods you can safely eat with him and 10 to keep him away.
1. Carrots. They help absorb nutrients from other foods. Yes, also to green beans, cucumbers, and courgettes.
2. Salmon. Omega 3 fatty acids improve the dog’s cognitive functions, the strength of the retina and make the coat shiny.
3. Cheese. It is rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals. I prefer the lean one, such as ricotta.
4. Hard-boiled or scrambled eggs. They are an easily digestible source of protein.
5. Honey. It strengthens the immune system, is suitable for the memory of the hair, and can relieve allergy symptoms.
6. Coconut. It strengthens the immune system and helps fight and destroy viruses and bacteria.
7. Watermelon. Remove all seeds. Greenlight also for apples, oranges, and bananas.
8. Pumpkin. A valuable source of fiber. Just avoid offering it in the form of a sweet cake. Don’t add spicy seasonings.
9. Rice and pasta. They can be given to the dog, as long as they are blank, without adding seasoning.
10. Wholemeal flour bread. It’s good for your gut.
Here are 10 PROHIBITED foods for your four-legged friend.
1. Chocolate. “Chocolate contains theobromine. This substance to be assimilated requires an enzyme, cytochrome P450, which is deficient in dogs and less active than in humans. Together with this, it should be emphasized that theobromine is suspected of inducing cardiomyopathies in these animals. The greatest quantity of theobromine is present in dark chocolate, milk chocolate contains smaller doses, and white chocolate has even less of it”, declares Marco Melosi, president of ANMVI – National Association of Italian Veterinary Doctors.
2. Sweets. They often bring diarrhea and vomiting. Too much can lead to obesity and diabetes. Beware of xylitol which can raise insulin levels.
3. Avocado. It contains persin, a fatty acid that is harmless to humans but toxic to dogs.
4. Bones. They tend to chip easily. Better to opt for parts of cartilage, which are softer and more digestible.
5. Garlic and onion. Accidental intake of these substances is harmless, but continued administration can lead to intoxication.
6. Grapes and raisins. The mechanism has not yet been clarified, but the intake of these two foods in the dog can lead to kidney failure.
7. Milk. With age, the dog tends to lose those enzymes that allowed him to digest it as a puppy. It could lead to diarrhea and digestive upset.
8. Raw eggs, meat, and fish. They can lead to food poisoning caused by salmonella or E. coli.
9. Raw potato and green tomato. They contain solanine, a toxin that can cause digestive disorders, tachycardia, tremors, and breathlessness in dogs.
10. Coffee and tea. A central administration can lead to restlessness, muscle tremors, increased respiratory rate, and convulsions.