Dogs have been living with a person for more than one thousand years, harmoniously fitting into the way of the latter. Yes, four-legged friends learn a lot from their owners, but it’s impossible to completely change the physiology. This must be remembered when your beloved pet sits and languidly looks into your eyes, puts its paw on your knee, and applies various tricks to beg for sweetness. Can dogs be given sweets? The answer is simple. You can’t! Why? Let’s figure it out
Sugar for dogs
This product and all its derivatives attract animals with a magnet and, having tried it once, many dogs cannot stop. They begin to react to the rustling of candy wrappers, make an “audit” on the master’s table, “share” delicacies with the younger members of the family.
Many owners, without treating the dog with sweets in everyday life, still do it with encouragement. I must say that in this case, the harm from the product is the same, the dog can become “sweet tooth” and demand more and more delicacies. And given that during intensive training a dog can receive rewards 10 times or more, it is difficult to imagine what colossal harm the pet will receive.
For example, 10 cubes of refined sugar is a huge dose even for humans. If the dog moves a lot, then it will be able to avoid obesity, otherwise, the pet will significantly spoil the figure. But, even avoiding excess weight, an overload of the filter systems will occur in the animal’s body and after a couple of years the dog may become diabetic.
There are some foods that are really suitable for training, but sweets are not included.
Harmful sweets for dogs and puppies
But not only sugar is harmful, many sweet treats, for one reason or another, are not recommended to be given to four-legged pets. The list of prohibited foods includes the following:
- Chocolate. Theobromine, which saves a person from a depressive mood, is a real poison for dogs. This is due to the fact that the animal’s body is not able to remove this substance, and the component simply accumulates in the body. And in large quantities, it becomes toxic. First of all, theobromine affects the central nervous system, the dog begins to behave inadequately, then the heart muscle suffers. One tile of a quality product can kill an animal in 3-4 hours!
- Xylitol. This sweetener is a polyhydric alcohol found in most sweets. Chewing gum, which dogs often pick up on the street, is distinguished by its high content.
- Grapes and raisins. A sweet fruit that is toxic to dogs, and can also cause fermentation in the intestines of the animal.
- Sweet acorn. Not only do pigs love this product, but some dogs can pick up such a sweet treat from the ground. However, acorns contain gallothanin, a poisonous substance used in medicine and industry not related to food production.
- Citrus. Although in most cases the dogs themselves refuse such a treat, there are exceptions. If your pet likes a treat, you should be aware that this group of fruits is a powerful allergen.
- Cherry, sweet cherry, persimmon. The harm is caused not by the fruits themselves, but by their seeds, which can cause an inflammatory process in the small intestine. And this, in turn, often leads to intestinal obstruction.
- Yeast dough. Sometimes people can eat raw dough, this happens when there is a deficiency of components that are found in yeast. But you should not give it to dogs, as its swelling in the stomach can cause severe pain in the animal. In addition, yeast releases toxins that negatively affect the animal’s body.
- Avocado. This exotic fruit is poorly tolerated by many pets, for example, birds, horses, rabbits. The fact is that avocado contains persin, a toxic component. Although dogs are better tolerated, the fruit can cause stomach upset.
In addition, you can safely add products with flavorings, dyes, emulsifiers and preservation components to this list.
Why does a dog ask for sweetness
If the pet suddenly became inflamed with a passion for harmful products, then it is worth taking a closer look at its diet. Perhaps this is not a sign of taste preferences, but a signal of problems:
- a sudden desire to eat “inedible”, and for an animal sugar can be attributed to this section, may arise due to a deficiency of vitamin and mineral components;
- in addition, this behavior is caused by a lack of carbohydrate food in the diet;
- this can happen if the dog eats mainly meat.
It is worth noting that sugary foods cannot solve the problem. But there are a number of foods that contain natural sugars that can naturally be included in a dog’s diet in moderation.
It will be useful:
Healthy dog treats
The list of acceptable treats includes the following:
- root vegetables and other vegetables – carrots, young potatoes, pumpkin, turnips, rutabagas, you can also give beets, but it has a laxative effect;
- bananas – rich in fiber, vitamins B, C and potassium (large amounts can cause constipation);
- apples – contain useful substances, their hardness and fibrous structure are beneficial for the teeth (but the seeds and the middle contain cyanide, so it is advisable to peel the apples before giving to the pet);
- melons – many dogs love watermelons and melons, but you can give them a little, since watermelon overloads the kidneys, and the melon is difficult to digest;
- honey – a product rich in vitamins and microelements, and if it does not cause allergic reactions, it can become a treat for a pet.
In general, a dog’s body is significantly different from that of a human, so before treating a pet, you should find out if the product will harm a four-legged friend?