What can’t dogs eat? In this publication, I will try to list the products most dangerous to the health of dogs and explain why they should not be given to dogs.
Once on the pages of my blog, I already discussed the topic – What to feed a dog with? In that article, I substantiated my position on why I decided to stay on dry feed.
However, I occasionally spoil my tailed ones with little natural food. It is given to dogs as a treat and an additional source of nutrients.
Currently, on the Internet you can find a huge amount of diverse, and sometimes conflicting information about what you can’t feed the dog. Let’s understand together – what is really dangerous, and what is a small amount will not only not harm the animal, but can even be useful.
We will only immediately agree that this article does not apply to elderly, sick dogs, as well as animals prone to allergic reactions of the body. I also make a special emphasis – if you just switched your dog to natural food, or you have a miniature pet (and we know that such breeds usually have very vulnerable pancreas) – it’s better to refrain from food experiments!
The basis of any natural diet for dogs should be, first of all, safety and consideration of the digestion of a particular animal.
So, PRODUCTS FORBIDDEN DOGS – myths and reality:
1. Do not give the dog raw meat
It is believed that some breeds lack the genetic ability to assimilate raw meat. Also, a person is scared by the opportunity to infect a dog with all kinds of helminths and infections (for example, salmonella or Escherichia coli). As a result of such conclusions, a recommendation is born – to subject the meat to serious heat treatment.
In fact – if you cook meat for about an hour, it significantly loses its usefulness for the animal – trace elements and vitamins are destroyed. At a temperature of about 60 degrees, protein denaturation begins, as a result of which its bioavailability is reduced by half!
Raw meat is good for any dog, regardless of age or breed. The most important thing is to process it correctly. It is believed that in meat frozen at a temperature of -18 degrees and below, all microbes and bacteria are killed. Therefore, I recommend keeping the meat frozen for about three days. If you introduce raw meat into the baby’s diet, at first you can weld it a little (not long, 5 minutes).
It’s best to start introducing raw meat into your dog’s diet with puppyhood. If the baby or an adult dog was not yet familiar with him, it is best to start with a planer of raw beef. You need to start entering a little bit – a little bit, but daily. This also applies to dogs that eat dry food; they should also not be deprived of raw meat in the diet. This is especially important for large breed dogs and working dogs.
It is clear that fresh meat for dogs should be taken only in a safe place. I buy meat for my dogs in the same place as for myself, to be sure that it has passed all the necessary examinations.
Tip: No tenderloin will bring so much benefit to your pet as meat containing various cartilages, films, veins, i.e. rich in connective tissue. Therefore, lean soup grade II beef, as well as its offal, is the best human choice for your pet.
2. Dogs cannot eat raw fish
There is an opinion: If you regularly feed your dog with fresh fish, this will certainly lead to undesirable negative consequences – loss of appetite, loss of vitamin B, and even urolithiasis. As a result of an excess of fish in the diet of the dog, convulsions can develop, and in rare cases, even death.
In fact: The enzyme thiaminase contained in some fish species actually inhibits the synthesis and assimilation of B vitamins (especially B1). Their deficiency leads to seizures and dysfunction of the central nervous system.
Other fish species contain trimethylamine oxide, which prevents the body from absorbing iron and causing anemia.
In order to reach such a state of health:
- you need to feed the dog raw fish every day,
- in a fairly large amount,
- a long period of time.
If you replace sea fish (because helminths are often found in river and lake fish – tapeworm, etc.), one or two meat feeds per week, it will only be good for the dog! Fish is an excellent source of vitamins A, D, B12, iodine, and phosphorus. It has a beneficial effect on the condition of the pet’s hair, skin, and joints.
Tip: It is advisable to feed the fish to a dog cleaned of scales, bones, viscera, and gills.
3. The dog can’t pork
- Pigs can be intermediate carriers of the following diseases: nematodes, tendinosis, helminthiasis.
- Aujeszky’s disease (latent rabies, rabies scabies, infectious bulbar paralysis, itchy plague) – a viral disease of farm animals of all kinds, fur animals and rodents. It is believed that people do not suffer from it, so the examination of meat for viruses of Aujeszky’s disease is not carried out. For dogs, this disease is fleeting and fatal.
- The fat content of pork.
In fact: contrary to popular belief, a dog can sometimes be fed lean pork purchased from a reliable supplier (where the meat undergoes strict veterinary and sanitary expertise). Lean pork (low-fat parts) – tenderloin, chop, scapula. It is also possible to introduce pork cartilage (without adipose tissue on them), coles, ears and other parts of the carcass into the diet of dogs without excess adipose tissue.
Aujeszky’s disease in some cases affects a person. Secondly, carcasses with signs of damage characteristic of this disease are not allowed for sale in raw form, they are sent for processing.
In addition, it is worth adding that pork, in contrast to beef and chicken, is hypoallergenic meat. Given its relatively low cost and wide availability, lean pork is an excellent option for dog owners with food sensitivity.
Personally, I think that the best option is to give the dog pork infrequently and exclusively non-greasy.
Tip: Pig heart is much less fat than, for example, calf. But the heart is a valuable product in the diet – it is a rich source of protein, fat, macro- and micronutrients.