What would we do without them?
Our furry, canine friends fill our homes with unconditional love and loyalty, don't they? Dogs really are such incredible animals that it is hard to imagine a world without them. Having said that, a dog is totally dependent on its master to give it shelter and to feed it. Long ago, it may have been different but as dogs became more domesticated, they certainly have lost many of the instincts of their ancestors.
When it comes to feeding, it is important to make sure your dog has a balanced diet, one that will help give them the vitamins and nutrients they need to not only keep their bodies in tip-top condition but things like their coats as well. Naturally, they are interested in our food. And that's where we have to be so careful about what we feed them. Sure, it's easy to toss your pooch a range of leftovers from your plate. But some can be deadly.
Do you know which ones? In this quiz, we are going to test your knowledge of which foods you can and cannot give to your dog. Some will really surprise you! Let's see how much you know.
Apples are a great snack for your canine friend. Just don't feed them the seeds. These actually contain cyanide and although a few won't harm your furry friend, over a period of time, they might. Apples are not only sweet and delicious, but they are also packed with Vitamins A and C and add fiber to the diet.
No! Never feed your dog chocolate. It is filled with methylxanthines. When a dog ingests this, it will start to vomit and eventually have a bout of diarrhea. Dogs will also pant, be hyperactive, drink lots of water and could have seizures or even die. So remember, no chocolate for dogs!
Dairy products, especially milk, is a no-no for your canine friend. Dogs just don't have the ability to efficiently break down the lactose found in milk. This can lead to vomiting and diarrhea.
Brussel sprouts are great for dogs ... if they aren't fussy like kids! These round vegetables are filled with nutrients and vitamins that will only help your canine friend's overall health. Prepare them either steamed or boiled and lay off the salt. Fido won't mind. A word of warning, not too much in a serving, otherwise a flatulence problem might develop.
Yes, as long as it is in small amounts, adult dogs can have honey. Too much could lead to tooth decay, so be sure to watch for that if you do choose to feed your dog honey.
No, not at all. No peels, pits or even the meat of the fruit. Citrus fruit like oranges are filled with citric acid and can cause problems to a dog's digestive system as well central nervous system depression.
It certainly isn't. Although it is unlikely to do any harm in small quantities, continually feeding it to your dog may cause diarrhea and an upset stomach. Coconut water is also a no-no, due to its high potassium content.
Although they might seem harmless, do not feed grapes or raisins to your dog. These fruits can cause kidney failure in canines. So is it really worth the risk?
Zucchini is a great treat for dogs. Due to its low calorie nature, it is the perfect snack for dogs who are overweight and on a doggie diet. It is also packed with vitamins and minerals!
Asparagus is fine for your pooch. Like most vegetables, it is healthy and filled with vitamins that are good for a dog. Note, however, just like with humans, asparagus can make your dog's urine smell. Eew!
Although you would think that nuts would not be a problem when fed to your dogs, they can cause pancreatitis, vomiting and upset stomachs. This is because they are high in both oil and fat.
As a snack, raw carrots are a brilliant option. Don't forget, however, that they do contain sugar, so they should be used in moderation. Cooked carrots can form part of your pooch's dinner as well.
Onions are a no when it comes to cooking them and feeding them to your dog. Even raw onions should be avoided. Why? Well, they can cause irritation within the gastrointestinal system. In some cases, they can even lead to red cell damage.
Cooked or frozen peas can be given to your dog as a snack or part of its daily meal. They are filled with vitamin B as well. Peas can be sweet, so don't overdo it.
There is nothing wrong with giving your dog cucumber to eat. Not all dogs, however, will like the consistency of the flesh, especially near the seeds. Cucumbers are a great snack for overweight dogs as they contain very little calories.
No! Never give your dog any food containing xylitol. This will significantly raise their insulin level and can lead to liver failure. Make sure you check products for xylitol before giving them to your dog.
No, you certainly should not. Yeast dough can still rise within the dog's stomach and will cause plenty of gas. Not only will this cause bloating but in extreme cases, the stomach may twist and will require surgery to fix.
One or two pieces of popcorn thrown to your pet is not going to cause any damage but if you put down a bowl for them (and many owners do), it is certainly not a great idea. Why? Not only will it cause your pets to drink a lot of water and urinate often but it can cause sodium poisoning. That can lead to vomiting, tremors, diarrhea, seizures and in extreme cases, death.
Yes, your dog can enjoy strawberries just as much as you can. They are a healthy snack packed with a range of vitamins, including vitamin C, that will benefit Fido.
Although you would think that raw eggs are fine to give to your hound, you really shouldn't. Raw eggs can contain salmonella and E. coli which, of course, will be harmful to your dog. They also contain avidin, an enzyme that can affect the condition of a dog's coat.
Although we love fried foods, and our furry friends do as well, we should never give them any. A dog's digestive system is just not able to deal with all the fatty oils that fried foods contain. It could even lead to pancreatitis.
Watermelon is one of those fruits that you can feed your pooch. It is filled with lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids, vitamin A and B6. And it's 92 percent water anyway! Consider freezing it as a cooling snack on hot days.
Nuts, in general, are something you shouldn't feed your dog just because of the high fat content. Macadamia nuts, however, can be very toxic and can cause overheating, vomiting, tremors and overall weakness.
Bananas, in moderation, are fine for your dog. They are filled with potassium, vitamin C, and are great for fiber. Why don't you freeze them and give them as a treat on a hot day?
Although small pieces of peach are ok, feeding a whole peach to a dog is a no-no. Why? Well, the pit is especially toxic and contains cyanide. it can also splinter, cutting your dog's stomach. Dogs could even choke on it, especially if they are overly greedy.
Currants should never be a snack for your dog. Scientists are not sure why but currents are extremely toxic to our furry friends and can even cause kidney problems, which can be fatal.
As long as it is well cooked, then chicken is something you can feed your dog. In fact, if your dog has a tummy problem, most vets recommend you feed it some cooked chicken with rice.
Garlic is a no when it comes to feeding to your dog. Why? Well, it can cause irritation within the gastrointestinal system. In some cases, it can even lead to red cell damage.
Bread is something you can give your dogs. In fact, it is a great vehicle to hide medication that they may need to take. From time to time, you could even put a thin layer of peanut butter on it (unsalted and without xylitol). Bread with seeds in it should be avoided, as these can hurt your dog's stomach.
Although yogurt is a dairy product, it has far less lactose in it than milk, for instance. Giving your dog a little plain, unsweetened yogurt is, therefore, acceptable. Use one with plenty of live cultures. This helps your pooch digest the little bit of lactose that is found in all yogurt.
Some dogs naturally have problems with their digestive system and need to eat fairly bland foods. In this regard, quinoa can be used to feed them. In fact, it is already in many dry dog food pellets that are available over the counter. Just feed your dog small amounts, however.
You can give your dog blueberries, yes! They are filled with fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. You could freeze them and use them as a treat on hot days.
Of course we want to treat our pooch and although raw meat is a tempting idea, you should not give it to your dog. Raw meat may contain E. Coli or salmonella and at the end of the day, it is just not worth the risk.
Avocado is actually poisonous to many pets, including birds and dogs. Avocados are filled with something called persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Ingesting too much can be fatal.
This one is pretty obvious, right? Just think of what alcohol does to a human. Well, it will do the same to a dog. It also damages their liver, can cause vomiting and if a dog ingests too much, even death.
Just as in humans, sugary candy can make a dog put on weight. An overweight dog is putting stress on all of its organs, not to mention their bones and joints. It could also lead to diabetes and rotten teeth.
Although small amounts of corn are fine, never give it to your dog while the corn is still on the cob. The cob itself is a problem. It can cause your dog to choke or it can block their intestines.
Although many people do give their dogs raw bones, they really shouldn't. Why? Well, bones can cause dogs to choke. They can also splinter if the dog manages to crush them, cutting its throat and even its stomach.
Small amounts of cantaloupe are a great little treat for dogs. Packed with vitamin C, fiber and potassium, giving your furry friend some of this fruit in moderation will benefit them.
Although you are never likely to feed your dog chives, in case you were thinking about it, simply don't do it. Chives can cause irritation within the gastrointestinal system. In some cases, they can even lead to red cell damage.