Food is essential for the health, vitality and well-being of humans, but also that of animals, especially dogs. Thus, a balanced, natural food with ingredients specifically selected for their age, size and physical activity requirements, will help prolong the life of this faithful friend and will allow them to enjoy much more time next to their masters.
Many owners of these animals sin by sharing food that people consume on a daily basis, such as treats or snacks. However, this habit becomes a bad practice that can harm the health of dogs.
According to experts from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), there are foods that are simply not for dogs, no matter how much they crave them. They can cause short and long-term health problems, because their ability to metabolize food is different from that of humans.
In this way, some fruits and vegetables can be consumed by dogs, because the vitamins that these foods provide complement their omnivorous diet, but it is important to monitor their intake and choose the most suitable elements. Veterinary and breeding experts from the American Kennel Club and ASPCA release a list of fruits and vegetables that dogs can eat:
- apples: this fruit provides them with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber that benefit their digestive system. It is advisable to cut them into slices, since they are a safe and healthy way to consume it.
- Blueberries: has disease-fighting antioxidants and provides vitamins, minerals, and fiber; In addition, they are safe and nutritious for your body.
- Cantaloupe: this food is valuable in moderation, because it is high in sugars and It is not highly recommended for overweight or diabetic dogs.
- Mango: It is essential to remove the bone inside it, as it contains small amounts of cyanide and can become a choking hazard if consumed.
- Oranges: They are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Veterinarians recommend throwing away the peel and only offering the orange pulp, without the pits as well.
- Peaches: in small quantities, fresh or frozen and cut, they are a great source of fiber and vitamin A; they can even help fight infections.
- Pineapple: in small amounts, they are a good snack for dogs, as they are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Now, the experts from the American Kennel Club and ASPCA announced the foods that dogs cannot eat, because they would cause serious damage to their health:
Avocado: this fruit has a substance called persin that turns out to be dangerous for dogs, because it causes cardiovascular damage and swelling, and in many cases leads to death.
Cherries: Although it is not a completely restricted fruit, they can only eat the fleshy part, since the bone area contains cyanide, a substance that can poison them. In the event that the dog manages to ingest this food, it is important to pay attention to the vital signs, because you can develop signs of poisoning in a matter of seconds
Raisins: both regular grapes and raisins contain a toxic substance that can cause kidney failure.
Onion: Both this vegetable and garlic cause gastrointestinal irritation and damage to red blood cells. Its consumption can cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea.
Mushrooms: Wild mushrooms can be toxic to dogs and can even cause death. However, washed white mushrooms from the supermarket might be fine, but experts suggest avoiding any type.