Dogs are an integral part of our lives. We share many moments with them and their presence is common even in big cities. Dogs can now go on trips with us to selected 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 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 like 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 vet 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, it will have a slower metabolism and a greater appetite. These dogs are more likely to gain weight fast and need more protein than fat.
Your dog’s characteristics will dictate what you feed it. But there is one thing that all dogs should know: the food they should not eat. Here are some examples.
Some fungi found outdoors can be toxic to dogs, just as they are to humans. If your dog is seen in unfamiliar mushrooms, be sure to keep an eye on him.
Foods high in salt
We refer to salty snacks such as popcorn, chips and pickles. They are unable to process these salts in their body and can become very ill.
While this may seem obvious, and we do not think anyone would ever give their dog alcohol at this point, it is important to point out that alcohol is strictly forbidden for dogs and all other animals. It can lead to death.
Several 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 stomach upset 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 indigestion. Avoid them at all costs.
We need to be careful with 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. Contact your veterinarian if in doubt.
Coffee, tea and chocolate
These drugs 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.
onions 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, lethargy and other symptoms.
Milk and dairy products
You can give your dog yogurt and cheese, but only in moderation. They like them a lot. On the other hand, you should not give milk to your dog. He does not like it and can not 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.