Mar 1, 2024 2:38:55 PM
Years of research, investment and care goes in to making sure they are complete and balanced using quality ingredients with the best ingredients and exactly right for your pets, however, there are some types of foods they must ever eat…
All Trophy's recipes are specifically formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats, and are designed to suit different life stages, lifestyles and specific requirements
However, there are some types of food that you must never feed, most of which we have covered below.
Harmful foods to avoid
Xylitol – this artificial sweetener causes an insulin release which can cause hypoglycaemia, linked to liver failure and blood clotting disorders. Look out for xylitol free peanut butter if this is a treat your pet enjoys.
Avocado – this seemingly bland ingredient contains harmful persin which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs.
Alcohol – as with humans, it obviously creates a similar ‘drunk’ effect including sickness and diarrhoea, but it can also cause damage to the central nervous system.
Onions and garlic – toxic to dogs and can cause gastrointestinal damage. The onion and garlic family of food (including chives and other similar things) can also cause red blood cell damage.
Caffeine – can cause your dog’s heart to race due to its methylxanthines – this can lead to seizures, tremors and other heart-related and breathing problems.
Grapes and raisins – surprisingly, these little fruits can cause liver damage and kidney failure. Be vigilant for food containing these such as fruit cake and biscuits.
Macadamia – as odd as it sounds, this particular nut contains a toxin that can affect your dog’s nervous system and muscles. Nuts are best avoided generally because of the potential to choke on them.
Chocolate – with an ingredient called theobromine, chocolate (especially dark chocolate) is poisonous to dogs and can lead to kidney failure.
Corn on the cob – the cob doesn’t digest and can cause a fatal blockage in your dog’s intestine. The corn itself usually passes through a dog largely undigested.
Nutmeg – this spice contains myristicin which is hallucinogenic and can cause severe vomiting. Another spice to avoid is cinnamon because it can irritate your dog’s mouth and cause low blood sugar levels.
Fruit seeds – some fruit flesh is OK for your dog to consume (check first) but all seeds, stones and cores should be avoided. Some are poisonous and others present a choking hazard.
If you are ever unsure, always check online, with your vet or by contacting our helpline your Trophy Nutritional Adviser. And if you believe your dog might have consumed any worrying item, you should consult your vet immediately. It’s best to be sure than risk your pet’s health.
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