You may like to spoil your dog and I certainly cannot blame you. With those loving eyes who can resist? But when it comes to the food you give your Shih Tzu you need to be careful, as you can harm your dog without even knowing it. Please go through this list and make sure you don’t feed your dog any of these foods. Some of the foods may even surprise you.
Pizza, hamburgers and similar foods contain a lot of dead calories. It can add a lot of kilos to your mid riff and the same is true for your dog. A small dog like a Shih Tzu does not have to eat a lot of junk food before the extra kilograms begin to show. Even worse, once your dog takes a liking to junk food, he may want it all the time and your dog will not get all the eating these type of foods can lead to malnutrition. Malnutrition and being overweight can have serious long term consequences to your dog’s health.
The ingredient in chocolate that is toxic to your dog is theobromine. It takes roughly 150mg per kilogram of body weight for theobromine to cause a toxic reaction. Bakers chocolate is the most dangerous because it contains 390mg theobromine per ounce. Semi sweet chocolate is less dangerous with Milk Chocolate being the least dangerous. Another reason to avoid chocolate is because it has been known to cause depression in dogs.
Onions contain thiosulphate that will lead to haemolytic anaemia. It means the red blood cells actually burst while circulating in the body. Scary!
Garlic is family of onions and will affect your dog in the same way, but to a lesser extent.
The poisonous ingredient in avocado is called persin. This can be found in the Avocado leaves, the fruit, the skin and the bark. Also be careful of products containing avocado oil.
Grapes and raisins
Grapes or raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. All it takes is a small amount, especially for such a small dog as a Shih Tzu. Be careful of foods like fruitcake.
The tomato plant is the most dangerous, but tomatoes can also be fatal. Tomatoes can cause heart arrhythmias and tremors.
The most common dangerous are coffee and tea. Caffeine can cause restlessness, vomiting and heart palpitations and can lead to eventual death if an overdose occurs. Caffeine has the same effect on dogs as humans meaning it affects the central nervous system and the cardiac system.
Chicken bones can splinter and cause serious damage to your dogs digestive tract. For this reason it is better to avoid chicken bones. You should rather avoid all bones that have the ability to splinter.
Like humans, a lot of dogs are lactose intolerant and it is better to avoid all dairy products. Dairy products are also one of the main causes of allergies in dogs.