A dog is man’s best friend. Dogs make wonderful companions. They exercise with us. Relax with us on the couch. They even enjoy a bite of our food from the dinner table every now and then. While you may think that treating your dog to some human food is a treat for them, it can actually be quite harmful. Dogs are not human, and it is not always best to feed them human food. It is important to know which human foods are not the best for your dog. Here are some human foods that are toxic to dogs.
Chocolate, one of the most delectable human treats, is quite toxic for dogs. Chocolate contains a substance methylxanthines that actually disrupt a dog’s metabolism. Once ingested by dogs, the chocolate can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, seizures, heart malfunctioning and in worse cases death. There are some brands of chocolate that are worse than others. Dark chocolate is the most toxic as it contains the largest amounts of methylxanthines while white chocolate is the least toxic. Other foods that contain methylxanthines that should not be consumed by dogs include coffee and caffeinated cola sodas.