There’s nothing cuter than those puppy dog eyes that are staring back at you on a daily basis. As private dog trainers in Chicago, we know firsthand how difficult it can be to resist giving your furry friend human food here and there. Some human foods are perfectly okay for your dog to eat in moderation. However, there are certain foods that should be avoided in order to keep your dog safe and healthy. We also recommend feeding your dog any human food from their bowls so they don’t get used to begging at the kitchen table!
Cuddling up and watching a movie isn’t complete with a bowl of popcorn. If you are eating air-popped, unsalted and unbuttered popcorn, it’s okay to give your dog a few pieces. However, not many people enjoy popcorn in this way. Bags of buttery and salted popcorn can lead to short-term dehydration for your pet. Plus, the kernels aren’t good for their teeth and gums. It’s best to avoid giving your pup this treat altogether.
Persin, an oil-soluble toxin that is dangerous to your dog can be found in the skin and leaves of an avocado. This oil can cause respiratory distress, congestion, and fluid accumulation around the heart. Avoiding the skin and leaves is pivotal if you’re feeding your dog an avocado.
Grapes are one of the most toxic foods that dogs can eat. They can cause kidney failure or, in some cases, death. Researchers still aren’t sure of the exact reasoning for grapes’ toxicity, but it’s best to avoid giving both grapes and raisins to your pup.
These are just a few of the examples of what not to feed your dog this holiday season. If you feel unsure about a particular food item, simply look it up to make sure it is safe.