We hope you're spending the day eating lots of pancakes, adding all the delicious toppings, and it's alright you're allowed to forget about the diet today, it is pancake day! We understand there may be an overwhelming desire to share your pancakes with your best furry friend as he looks on longingly, but we can assure you that this is not okay. Many foods that we think are completely fine and harmless, are not suitable for a dog’s digestive system. Take a look at our list to make sure you don’t slip your dog the wrong thing!
Milk and dairy products Dogs do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk) so milk and other dairy-based products can cause them to have diarrhoea, vomiting and other digestive upset. However, like humans, some dogs have no problems at all with digesting lactose. We would advise to avoid giving any dairy products to your dog if you are unsure.
Chocolate contains a toxic component for animals called Theobromine. If it is eaten by dogs, especially in large amounts, it can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors and even seizures. It has been proven that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate for dogs.
We know it’s not like your going get in from work, sit down and pour yourself and your pooch a glass of wine each, but if for any reason you dog does consume any alcohol, it can be very dangerous for their internal organs, so it is important to contact a vet.
Most nuts contain high amounts of fat and oil which can upset a dog's stomach. The Macadamia nut is one of the worse nuts for a dog to digest, it has been reported to cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hypothermia in dogs.
Grapes and Raisins
This is a definite no-go as they contain a toxic substance (the specifics unknown) which can cause vomiting, abdominal pain and even kidney failure. Raisins are worse as they are more concentrated. How many will cause your dog harm? It’s hard to know the exact amount , but if your dog does gobble up any grapes or raisins, it is advised that you go to the vets immediately.
What to give your dog
It is important that you stick to giving your lovely pooch proper dog food to ensure your dog is happy and healthy. Look out for dog treats and dog food that contain all natural ingredients and that have no added sugar, additives, wheat, soya or dairy. The smaller the list of ingredients on the back of the packet, the better! Our biscuit roll bakes are all of the above and they are rich in omega oils which help to keep your dogs skin healthy and coat shiny. They also contain natural antioxidants which are beneficial to all dogs, and particularly effective in helping to treat certain dog health issues. They come in two flavours Salmon or Chicken and can be given as a complimentary treat as part of a healthy balanced diet for your dog or puppy.
We recommend having a look at Laughing dog, they are family run dog food company who slowly oven-bake dog food on their family farm in Lincolnshire and have been doing so since 1936! or if your interested in raw dog food, Poppy's Picnic is a great dog food company, based near us in Wiltshire. Their food is as close as what a dog would eat in the wild and their meals are handmade by 4th generation butchers, using the finest, locally sourced produce.
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