We were quiet for some time, there just been so much work with our Adventure Woofs project and our wedding. Oh yes, we are getting married and now Frost is stuck with both of us forever, haha. But yes, there was such an urge to get back with Frost’s blog since there is so much draft material ready and we would just like to share it with people.
This topic is something that has always bothered us. We see so many dog owners on social media that give their dogs food that can be harmful. At those moments I really don’t know how to react. We all know that if someone says something bad about your methods directly, then people most of the time think that you are there only to spread negativity, but that’s really not the case. It just breaks my heart to see that most dog owners don’t pay attention nor get information on stuff they give their dogs to eat.
I bumped onto some photos and stories where pups were eating chocolate and at that moment it always make you feel bad for the dog. Please, don’t give your dog something that you have no knowledge of.
Although there is such thing as dog “chocolate” out there, all I have seen recently are people that treat their dog with some popular brand chocolate and even chocolate from ice cream (that includes vegan ones too, since all cocoa powder contains chocolate and soy is actually something you want to avoid giving to your dog aswell). At that point I was thinking about making a good use of Frost’s blog to inform people from time to time about products unsafe for dogs.
Can I give it to my dog? – NO
So chocolate, is it safe for your dog? In past couple of weeks this was the main product that I had to come across. Vegans that give dogs ice cream with chocolate topping on it, pastries with chocolate on or in it, etc. Let’s get clear on one thing – chocolate is dangerous for dogs! I’m not a vet but still, since I took some cynolog courses there are some things that I learned for my dog’s benefit. I never took them to use it for someone other than my own dog. I’ll explain this, because I sometimes get negative reaction about that. Since I took those courses for personal use, others tend to think that now I can help others as if I just graduated university and became a vet, but it’s not like that.
Back to the point. This is something you should ask your vet or your breeder, if you keep in touch with them, for some details. The sweet treats can lead to illness and even death. Vets say it’s one of the most common causes of dog poisoning. Chocolate contains stimulants called methylxanthines, specifically theobromine and caffeine. These chemicals can wreak havoc on your dog’s metabolic processes, resulting in chocolate toxicity. The level of methylxanthines varies from one chocolate product to another, but there is no safe amount of chocolate for dogs, as individual sensitivities to methylxanthines can vary from dog to dog aswell. This is why some dogs can eat chocolate and experience no harmful side effects, while others suffer consequences from eating very small amounts. Better be safe than sorry, you know.
Don’t forget that we, humans, can ruin our health and body over the years of bad food consuming aswell, so why would it be different for dogs? Perhaps, problems will start years after that and all kinds of bad treats that are consumed frequently will cause problems in future. Unhealthy treats also leads to being overweight and that’s something that you can see often in many beagles as people give them everything, just because they are always hungry and just lay around. We often get compliments on how good Frost looks, because we don’t overfeed him and he gets plenty of exercise. 🙂
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