Dogs aren’t considered man’s best friend for no reason. They are one of our truest companions in the animal world, and our relationship with them goes back almost 3,000 years! Dog owners consider their pets members of their own family, and care for them with the same love and respect as they would for any other family member.
Unfortunately, people who have never had a dog before, or who have not done their research properly, often don’t understand that a dog’s body is very different to ours. Taking care of your dog means understanding their bodily functions, their digestive system, and their nutritional requirements. Most people do not research the life of their new best friend in this much detail, however, understanding the basics of a dog’s nutrition is crucial for keeping them healthy! Most importantly, familiarizing yourself with the things that your dog should not eat will make both of your lives that much easier.
The following is a list of 30 foods that you should NEVER feed your dog.
1. Coffee, Tea and Caffeine
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We include these beverages in our daily lives, and frequently also bring them dangerously close to our dogs. Caffeine has a moderate impact on the human body, making us more alert and slightly more energized. However, the impact that caffeine has on your dog is much more severe, and in some cases can also be lethal!
When dogs take even a few laps of coffee or tea, they experience high levels of hyperactivity, an elevated heart rate, and vomiting, which can escalate to hypertension and seizures. Caffeine is not a natural product for dogs and it is certainly not part of their nutrition.
Caffeine is also found in: chocolate, energy drinks, diet pills, and supplements (among other products).
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