Any dog owner out there can tell you how impossible it is to resist the big eyes of a begging dog. You can say no at first, but the longer your pup sits there staring at you with those wattery eyes and perked ears, the more likely you are to give in and toss them a piece of dinner.
But, as the people over at Elmo’s Kitchen want everyone to know, a lot of the food we eat on a daily basis is harmful to a dog’s health.
Kristina Johansen, a canine dietician, says dog owners need to stop thinking they’re being nice by tossing their pup food.
“[Dog owners'] good intentions are sadly misplaced and by feeding their dog “treats” such as chocolate, grapes or, heaven forbid, a glass of wine, they are literally risking their lives,” Johansen told MailOnline. “Some of these danger foods can be found in every-day products that you might feed your dog without thinking, such as gravy containing onions.”
“It’s so easy to give your dog your leftovers, but it’s important to remember that although they are part of the family they have a completely different digestion system to humans, and so some foods that we would class as healthy can be toxic.”
If you head over to Elmo’s Kitchen, you’ll find a handy list of ten common human foods that are toxic for dogs. The list includes chocolate, artificial sweetener, grapes and raisins, caffeine, Macadamia nuts, alcohol, fruit pips and seeds, table scraps, cooked bones and onions.
The company also created an app that dog owners can use to check whether a food they’re considering giving to a dog is safe.
“I’m sure that if more people knew what harm they were actually doing to their dogs they would pay more attention to the foods they feed them, and so having an app you can check at all times makes it much easier,” Johansen said.
Johansen points out that some foods – like eggs, carrots, popcorn, and many meats – are perfectly fine for dogs to eat. You’ve just got to know which foods aren’t suitable for your canine friend, and her company tries to make it as easy as possible to do that.