It’s easy to forget that our dogs are not human and therefore need to eat dog food. Let’s find out What Not to Feed Dogs to be safe and sure.
Human Food Is Not Dog Food!
Table Of Contents
- Human Food Is Not Dog Food!
- The Problem Is That Dogs Do Like Our Food!
- What Not to Feed Dogs
- Not Recommended Food
- Avoid at all costs Foods
- Onions, Garlic
- Macadamia Nuts
- No Booze
- Cooked Bones
- Raisins & Grapes
- Good Foods To Give
- Still worried about what to feed your dog?
If you are responsible for feeding your dog, it is possible that you are feeding your dog the wrong things.
In recent years, there has been a significant amount of research into canine nutrition.
Considering that prepared dog food accounts for a larger share of supermarket sales than any other single grocery item, there is a significant business incentive to make this switch.
As a result, American dogs are among the best-nourished in the world, yet they are also among the most expensively fed, as well as among the most frequently overweight.
The dog is classified as a carnivorous mammal by biologists. Modern authorities, on the other hand, believe that his cohabitation with man has caused him to become more like us, omnivorous.
The adaptability of dogs to numerous types of diets, including high-vegetable-content diets, has been demonstrated time and again.
The digestive system of a dog differs significantly from ours. The general procedure remains the same, but the timing has been altered to accommodate the change. For starters, mastication is less significant in canine digestion than it is in human digestion.
Using up to 300 pounds of power, the canine’s teeth and jaws are capable of ripping meat and crunching bones with incredible efficiency and precision. Dogs chew only a small amount and swallow quickly.
They are unable to chew when their jaws are closed.
Although the dog’s taste buds are located under his tongue, his food goes quickly and virtually unnoticed via the pharynx and esophagus into the stomach, where the majority of the digestive process takes place.
Due to the fact that dogs’ digestive acids are significantly stronger than ours, he is able to digest anything that would otherwise cause us severe stomach aches, at the very least.
Your dog’s stomach is quite elastic, and it can accommodate up to one pint of food in a tiny lap dog and up to eight quarts of food in a large terrier or mastiff.
Since the gastric secretions in his stomach contain a high concentration of acid, food lingers there for a longer period of time than it does in ours. As a result, they require a more nutrient-dense, more concentrated diet than we do.
The majority of digestion takes place in the stomach, with only a small amount taking place in the mouth.
The Problem Is That Dogs Do Like Our Food!
And this is where problems arise. They hang around our tables and knees at our dinner time and they are more than happy to help with scraps etc…
Now not all tidbits are bad, but some are and that is the problem. Check out our simple-to-follow graphic below.
OK, it’s not completely exhaustive but it gives you 9 foods that should be avoided at all costs.
The nutritional requirements of the dog are very similar to our own. Because puppies grow and mature at a faster rate than adults, they require a more nutrient-dense diet than infants, with higher protein content and lower fat content.
Puppies should not be fed baby food, with the exception of all-meat items.
Adult dogs require a well-balanced diet that includes proteins for bodybuilding, fats, and carbohydrates.
This is for supplying energy and heat, bulk for elimination, vitamins, and minerals to catalyze various bodily processes, and a total caloric intake that is appropriate for their individual living conditions, weight, metabolism, and activity level.
Water is extremely crucial to the dog’s health, accounting for approximately 70% of its total weight. Animal proteins such as meat, fish, cheese, milk, and eggs are all sources of protein.
Fat is a significant source of calories, and it is especially beneficial in cold areas and throughout the winter. It also contributes to the maintenance of a healthy coat and skin.
Dogs kept outside may require as much as 20 percent fat in their food to provide calories and encourage a thick coat of fur, but 10-15 percent is sufficient for the majority of pet dogs.
What Not to Feed Dogs
A graphic reminder
9 Things Not To Feed Your Dog
Carbohydrates comprise sugars and starches, both of which are quick-release energy sources that can be consumed in large quantities.
Sugar is easily assimilated by dogs, despite the fact that it is generally an acquired taste. Their stomach secretions are less effective at digesting starches unless the starches have been cooked to a high degree of doneness.
Specifically processed and enriched dog biscuits are designed to meet the nutritional needs of dogs in a commercially prepared setting.
Not Recommended Food
Potatoes, white bread, treated rice, and pasta, on the other hand, are not recommended for dogs, partly because of their indigestibility, but primarily because they contain little to no nutrition.
I did write an article about this a while ago and again, touched on this fact that it’s not recommended but obviously, an occasional potato chip or french fried from your plate is not going to impact hugely. But it is not a staple of a dogs diet nor should it be,
Additionally, the cellulose present in greens and vegetables gives bulk while also aiding in the disposal of toxins.
Green vegetables are actually indigestible to dogs, who consume grass specifically for this reason non-order to rid themselves of feces and excrement.
Whether your dog has an obsession with grass, you may want to look at his food to see if it is something he will tolerate and enjoy.
Avoid at all costs Foods
A dog’s gastrointestinal discomfort and red blood cell damage can result from eating any member of the onion family, whether it is dried, raw, or cooked.
Signs of illness do not always manifest themselves immediately and can appear up to a few days after the onset of the illness.
Chocolate, no matter how delicious it may be to humans and dogs alike, is another hazardous item for dogs to consume.
Chocolate includes a stimulant known as theobromine (dark chocolate contains the largest concentration of this), which is harmful to dogs and can result in kidney failure if consumed in large quantities.
If your dog eats macadamia nuts, it may have weakness, swelling legs, and panting as a result of a toxin in the nuts that affects the muscles and nerve system.
If your dog consumes corn on the cob, it might potentially be lethal. The corn cob, while digestible by dogs, might cause a blockage in your dog’s intestine if it gets stuck in there.
Avocados are yet another food that is toxic to dogs. Avocado plants contain a chemical known as Persin, which may be found in the leaves, fruit, and seed of the plant and can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs when consumed.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is used to satisfy our cravings for sweet treats, chewing gum, and beverages, as well as low-fat, diet, and sugar-free products (including some peanut butters, so always check the label before using this as a treat).
Even in modest dosages, alcohol has a significant negative influence on dogs.
The drink not only causes intoxication in the same way that it does in people, but it can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even damage to the central nervous system.
A raw, uncooked bone to chew on is ideal for your dog, but cooked bones should be avoided if at all possible.
These are easily splintered and, when consumed in large quantities, can cause constipation or, in the worst-case scenario, perforation of the gut, which can be deadly.
Raisins & Grapes
Raisins may be found in a variety of foods that we enjoy eating, including cakes, biscuits, and cereals, so it is not just the fruit form that we need to be cautious about.
Although the active component responsible for the toxin is unknown, both grapes and raisins have the potential to induce serious liver damage and renal failure.
Good Foods To Give
In addition to supplying beneficial vitamins and minerals, cooked vegetables and greens can be included in the diet of obese or sedentary dogs to help them feel fuller for a longer period of time without giving them fatty calories.
The B vitamins, as well as vitamins A, D, and E, are the most important vitamins for canines to have in their diet.
Dogs, contrary to popular belief, do not require Vitamin C because their bodies spontaneously make it.
These vital vitamins are particularly abundant in animal products such as liver and milk. Carrots are an excellent natural source of vitamin A, while whole wheat grains are a good source of vitamin B. When it comes to Vitamin D, cod liver oil is the most abundant form available.
This vitamin is critical for growing pups as well as adult dogs that do not get enough sunlight.
Finally, there are the minerals, the most significant of which are calcium and phosphorus, which are very important for growing puppies, as previously said.
Whether to feed his dog commercial dog food, a homemade diet plan, or a combination of the two is the most important decision an owner must make.