As a small, home-based breeder of mini and medium Australian Labradoodles in the foothills west of Denver, Agape Labradoodles believes in taking good care of our dogs. That means raising them in our home as part of our family. It also means only feeding them healthy foods, being mindful of any treats they’re given and making sure they’re not tempted by potentially harmful foods they could get into by accident. Today, let’s talk about 5 things you should never feed your Labradoodle.
According to a Labradoodle Mix article, these 5 are detrimental to dogs. After eating certain foods, unless you take your dog to the vet, it could cause organ failure or in some cases even death. In general, people food is not good for your dog and can make them sick, give them unnecessary calories, and put stress on their joints and internal organs.
If you can make it your house rule that your pet never eats table scraps, then your dog will stop begging and causing problems at dinner time, and your dog can avoid eating the wrong things. Although your dog can tolerate some people food, here are 5 things you should never feed your Labradoodle.
Most people are aware that chocolate is bad for dogs. The problem is chocolate contains theobromine, which can upset your dog’s digestion. All chocolates have it with dark chocolate being the biggest threat. Chocolate also has caffeine, which is not good for dogs either. After eating chocolate, dogs typically vomit and suffer from diarrhea. Sometimes they become so sick that if they don’t get care from a vet, they can have a seizure or an abnormal heartbeat. It can even cause death if ingested in large quantities.
Another substance you need to watch out for is Xylitol. This is an artificial sweetener that is in many different foods, like candy, gum, and low-calorie snacks. It’s also found in toothpaste. The problem with Xylitol is it can cause your dog’s insulin levels to spike. This messes with their blood sugar levels. If your dog eats something with Xylitol, it may result in vomiting, lethargy, dizziness, seizures, and even liver failure. This can be very serious, so be as vigilant as you can about not letting your dog eat people food.
Garlic and Onions
Onions and garlic may seem harmless but if dogs eat them it will create real problems. Garlic and onions can destroy red blood cells and cause anemia. Your dog’s reactions may include vomiting, lethargy, weakness, lack of appetite, and problems catching their breath. If it is very small amounts of garlic and onions it may not affect them, but in larger amounts, it’s very dangerous. Even onion and garlic powder can potentially hurt them. So the best line of defense is not to feed your dog anything that has been cooked with onions and garlic, even the powder.
Raisins and Grapes
While healthy for humans, this is not a good treat or snack for dogs. If you didn’t know that your dog should never eat raisins and grapes, you’re not alone. However, they can actually die from eating them. If your dog eats grapes, he will probably vomit and be lethargic. It can even lead to kidney failure. Again, you can protect your dog from raisins and grapes by asking your children and houseguests to simply not share any table scraps with your dog.
Meat Scrap Bones
Gristly bones may seem good for your dog, but they’re not. They contain fat which can make them sick and give them extra calories they don’t need. But the most worrisome part is that the bones can break off into sharp pieces and damage your dog’s esophagus, mouth, and other digestive organs. Sometimes pieces of bones can cause your Labradoodle to choke or have an intestinal obstruction. If you want to give your dog a bone, go with one from a pet store that won’t splinter such as a Rawhide or nylon bone.
At Agape Labradoodles in Denver, caring for our dogs includes never giving them people food. It keeps them healthy and ensures they don’t accidentally ingest any of the 5 things you should never feed your Labradoodle. While we understand that it’s hard to say no to these sweet dogs, being mindful about the food on this list will ensure your own Labradoodle lives a long and happy life.