Pet experts list five common ‘healthy’ foods to never feed your dog – Wales Online

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Pet experts have revealed five common foods that you should never feed to your dog. Many of the foods on the list are diet-friendly so while they might be fine for humans, they can be potentially deadly for dogs.

Pet owners insurance specialists Protectivity have warned that many ‘health snacks’ can be deadly to dogs – including raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, dairy products, garlic, onions and xylitol – which is found in chewing gums. The experts said: “This time of year can be full of hazards for pets as owners juggle festive leftovers and changes to their diet – especially if they resolved to eat healthier in the new year.

“The best way to prevent accidents is by educating yourself on which items are toxic, keeping them out of the way.” Commenting on the dangers, a spokesperson added: “As well as keeping problem foods out of reach, it’s also key to set boundaries with your dog so that your pet knows what’s expected of them.

“These boundaries aren’t limited to dog owners but anyone who works around them, such as dog groomers or dog walkers. It can be tempting to indulge our four-legged friends when there’s so much excess food left over from the festive period, but these actions can have dangerous consequences.

“And while you may be aiming to improve your eating habits this year. It’s important to remember that food that is healthy for you isn’t always good for them.”

Grapes and raisins

Grapes and raisins are naturally a low-calorie, nutrient-dense, fat-free snack for those aiming to eat healthier in the New Year. However, for dogs they can cause kidney failure – even in small amounts.

Macadamia nuts

Macadamia nuts can be eaten raw or roasted and are an ideal snack before hitting the gym for Brits already working on their summer bodies and are a great energy boots. In dogs, they can cause vomiting, weakness and hypothermia.

Dairy products

Dairy products including milk, yoghurt and low-fat cheese are an incredible source of calcium and protein. But, many dogs are lactose intolerant and will experience digestive problems if they consume dairy.

Xylitol (chewing gum)

People often use chewing gum as a way to get rid of post-Christmas cravings. However, they can cause a rapid increase in insulin in dogs that can lead to hypoglycaemia.

Onions and garlic

For humans, onions and garlic are great ingredients to add flavour to your healthy dishes but are toxic to dogs in all forms. Whether they’re cooked, powdered, raw or dehydrated, onions and garlic can destroy a dogs red blood cells and can lead to anaemia.

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