Can Dogs Eat Pecans Or Are They Best Left On The Shelf?
The question whether can dogs eat pears or are they best left on the shelf is one of the most common questions asked by pet owners. Some people think that their pets will not like them and some others say that it’s just a matter of taste. However, there are many reasons why your pet may not want to eat these fruits and vegetables. Here are some of the main ones:
They’re too bitter.
Some types of pears have a strong flavor which makes them unappealing to dogs. If your dog likes sweet things, then he would probably enjoy eating these fruits instead.
Pineapple is another fruit that may cause problems for your pooch since it contains cyanide which can kill him if ingested.
They contain toxic substances.
Many types of fruits and vegetables contain chemicals such as phenols, oxalates, tannins, saponins etc. These chemicals can be harmful to dogs because they are absorbed through the digestive tract into the bloodstream where they can affect various organs including the heart and brain. Other poisonous substances include caffeine and nicotine which are found in cigarettes and chewing tobacco respectively.
They’re too “bouncy”.
Some fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water such as cucumbers. After eating these foods, your dog is likely to feel a strong need to urinate because these foods contain a lot of water which has been absorbed by the body. This can be quite inconvenient if your pet eats these foods right before you go on a trip or visit relatives because he will constantly remind you that he needs to pee.
They can cause an upset stomach.
Some types of fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of fiber which is not good for dogs because their digestive systems have evolved differently from ours. Other foods such as avocados and tomatoes contain high amounts of hydrocyanic acid which can cause your pet’s stomach to become irritated.
Like people, dogs can be allergic to certain types of food such as bananas. If your dog is allergic to a specific food ingredient then eating that food can cause an allergic reaction which can affect the quality of his life in a negative way. Some dogs may even have an allergic reaction that can be life-threatening if they eat a single piece of fruit or vegetable.
It’s best not to give your dog food that has been laced with human drugs or medicine.
Some fruits and vegetables such as grapes, raisins, garlic, onions and potatoes contain substances such as potassium, sulfur and oxalic acid which can be fatal or cause an adverse reaction when ingested by dogs. Onions and garlic also contain thiosulfinate which causes a toxic anemia in dogs.
Other foods such as peanut butter, chocolate, coffee, tea, tobacco and certain types of nuts can also be dangerous to your pet.
Sneak tip: you can ask your vet whether a specific food is good for your dog or not.
What Did We Learn?
Dogs are just like humans, they enjoy eating various types of food.
Some foods such as meat, bones and fruits are nutritious and safe while others such as chocolate, onions and garlic are poisonous to them.
Whether you give your pet certain types of food depends on whether they are beneficial or harmful to him. If you want to give your dog something that isn’t included in his regular diet, you should consult your veterinarian or check out this list of human foods that are safe for dogs.
Did you know that there are over seven different types of pet food available in the market?
In North America, the most popular types of pet food are dry, tin and moist. In some parts of the world though, canned food is more popular than dry food.
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