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What Not to Feed Your Dog

labrador retreiverMany dog owners share such a strong bond with their dog that they are virtually inseparable. Sleeping in the same room, spending quality time on long walks and sharing food. It’s wonderful to have such a special companionship, however it is important to understand that some types of food can prove to be harmful to your dog. Pets have a very different level of metabolism, meaning certain foods could potentially cause some serious health problems.

To keep your dog happy and healthy, we have shared some of the foods to keep out of paws length from your pooch below.

Chocolate

Dogs only have to eat a small bar of the sweet stuff to suffer. Alongside the harmful effects of caffeine on your pet’s nervous system, chocolate also contains toxins that can severely damage its heart and nervous system. The best way to avoid this is to keep all chocolate, wrapped or unwrapped, out of paws length.

Milk and other Dairy Products

Milk sugar, which is found in milk and other dairy products, can easily be digested by humans, but not by dogs. They do not have the necessary enzymes to break it down, therefore ingestion can cause an upset stomach and other gastrointestinal problems.

Corn on the Cob

Not just pesky for getting caught in your teeth, corn on the cob can prove much more serious health issues for your pet. They can be difficult to digest, and due to their size, the kernels have a high risk of blocking your dog’s intestine. Look out for signs of vomiting, less frequent toilet visits or signs of abdominal discomfort.

Grapes and Raisins

The exact toxins found here are still unknown, but they can lead to extreme health problems such as kidney failure and liver damage. Only a small handful can have serious effects so consult a vet if you think there is a chance your dog may have ingested some grapes.

Yeast

Similar to how it reacts in baking, if ingested by a dog the yeast rises and expands within the stomach which can cause great pain and discomfort. Small bits of bread should be fine, but avoid feeding your dog large chunks of dough.

Now we have shared what not to feed your dog, it’s time to share what you should feed your dog! Our delicious grain-free dog food comes in a variety of different flavours and ranges, so you are certain to find the perfect one for your pooch.

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