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Summer foods you should not be sharing with your dog

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Summer foods your dog should not be eating

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We know that dogs are not allowed to eat exactly like us, because they do not have the same needs, or quite simply because it would be dangerous for their health.

By Emilie Heyl

Published on the 18/07/2021, 17:00

With the arrival of the summer, our diet tends to change a little. We have barbecues, fruit salads and ice cream. But be careful, because some of these little pleasures are very dangerous for dogs

Even though they are delicious, some foods are very harmful to our four legged friends and it is very important to know which foods you can and can’t give to your dog. You can treat your dog to human food from time to time as you know he would enjoy it, but in order to do so, you have to know what is bad for them to avoid taking any risks.

Here are 11 summer foods that you should not give your dog!

What foods are dangerous for dogs in summer?

There are so many delicious human foods that could be given as a treat to your pet. But when it comes to summer foods, be extra careful as some foods can be really dangerous for dogs. Let’s find out more about these different summer foods that you shouldn’t be sharing with your dog

Grapes

They may seem harmless, but grapes (or raisins) are extremely toxic to dogs. While vets aren't sure what exactly is causing the reaction, dogs can quickly experience vomiting and possibly even kidney failure.

Avocado

Very popular with our meals, avocado is really toxic to dogs. And not just the fruit itself, but also its leaves and seeds.

Bones

Obviously, not all bones are dangerous for your dog, but you should be very super cautious of those which are cooked as they are friable and therefore represent a danger. This is particularly the case with chicken or rabbit bones, they are extremely brittle. It is therefore best not to give leftovers (and therefore cooked bone). 

Bacon

Nibbling on a little bacon won't hurt your dog, but be careful to keep the amounts reasonable. Otherwise, your dog's pancreas may suffer and stop functioning. Bacon is also very high in salt, which is not good for dogs either. It is exactly the same for all salted meats, such as ham. 

Chocolate

Even if some dogs tolerate it better than others, it is best to never give your dog chocolate.

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Garlic

Garlic is very toxic to our furry friends. It can cause anemia in dogs, and side effects such as irritated gums, an excessively high heart rate, weakness and fainting.

Ice cream

Even if it is not a big deal for your dog to lick a little of your ice cream, it should be noted that dogs digest dairy products very badly. On the other hand, you can opt for ice cream recipes specially designed for them!

Fancy making homemade dog treats? Check out this frozen strawberry and banana smoothie dog treats recipe

Alcohol

Licking a few drops of alcohol should have no effect on your dog's health, however if the quantities become larger, a visit to the vet will be necessary. Because too much alcohol ingestion can cause diarrhoea, vomiting, breathing problems or worse.

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts are actually quite toxic for dogs. They can affect their nervous system, causing vomiting, an increase in body temperature and lethargy.

Peaches and plums

These fruits should be avoided because of their stones. Indeed, if swallowed, your dog could get an occlusion. In addition, the pits of peaches and plums are toxic and therefore dangerous if ingested in high doses. This is also the case for cherries and apricots.

Coffee

It is important for your dog's health that he does not put his tongue in coffee, even iced coffee. He could suffer from vomiting, too much agitation, and heart palpitations.

What can you feed your dog?

In general, lean meats and vegetables are good for your dog. In case of doubt, it is imperative to seek advice from your veterinarian because the dangers sometimes hide where they are not expected. Also be careful not to unbalance the ration with too many treats!

On the fruit side, you can for example give your dog safely:

If your animal has swallowed a dangerous food, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible, specifying the amount ingested and the composition of the product. If necessary, he will ask you to come with your animal.