Xylitol is a sweetener that is found in lots of different foods. Most commonly, it is in candy and gum. It’s also a common sweetener in toothpaste. Because it’s an artificial sweetener, it is also found in low-calorie snack foods. If you give your dog nibbles of your baked goods or snacks, make sure that it doesn’t contain xylitol. Xylitol causes your dog’s insulin levels to spike, and their blood sugar levels to dive. This can lead to liver failure. Your dog will show symptoms like lethargy, dizziness, vomiting, and seizures.
4. Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic are another seemingly healthy food that can have dangerous consequences if ingested by your dog. These foods cause anemia by destroying red blood cells. Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, weakness, lack of appetite, and problems catching their breath. In miniscule amounts, these foods won’t cause serious problems. However, it is best to avoid them all together. This includes foods that contain onions, garlic, or even onion and garlic powder. Don’t feed your dog food that has been cooked with onions and garlic, and if in doubt, read the ingredients list of packaged food. It can be hard to guess which foods contain onions and garlic for seasoning and which don’t.
5. Bones from meat scraps
There are a few reasons why gristly bones aren’t good for your dog. First, the extra fat contains a lot of calories and can give them stomach upset. More importantly, though, the bones can break off into sharp pieces and pierce the mouth, esophagus, and other digestive organs. If pieces are swallowed, your Labradoodle may choke or have an intestinal obstruction.
This may seem counterintuitive because dogs love bones. Make sure that the things your dog chews on come from pet stores. Rawhide and nylon bones are a better option for your dog because they don’t splinter. Throw your bones in the trash after you eat, that way, your dog doesn’t associate yummy smelling chew toys with your supper.
There are other foods that can cause stomach upset and serious illness in dogs, but these are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to food related illness. Always keep human food out of reach so your dog can’t get into anything he shouldn’t. Also, don’t allow anyone to feed your Labradoodle table scraps. It may be hard to resist, but the wrong foods can be deadly. Also, you don’t want to encourage bad behavior. All of these foods sound scary, but if you pay attention to what your dog eats, all of these problems are completely avoidable.
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