7 Foods Not To Feed Your Wiener
There is no doubt (in our minds at least) that dachshunds are the most charming, brave and loyal k9 friends that one can be lucky enough to have. Their winning personalities aside, they are susceptible to a number of health problems. Wiener dogs have an appetite superior to none, and a lot of the time their eyes are too big for their little stomachs. Without a closely monitored diet, sausages can easily become obese and develop hypothyroidism.
Since doxies are predisposed to hip dysplasia and Intervertebral Disc Disease, a healthy and balanced food plan is critical to ensure your dachshund isn’t carrying any extra weight causing undue strain on their back. Keeping this in mind, here is a list of 7 foods you should NOT feed your wiener.
Avocados contain a fungicidal toxin called Persin. This is a derivative of fatty acids which, if consumed in large quantities, can cause vomiting and diarrhea, it is best to avoid avocado from your pup's diet.
Chocolate, whilst infinitely delicious for humans is considered to be poisonous to both cats and dogs. It contains an alkaloid named ‘Theobromine’ which can lead to theobromine poisoning if left untreated. If your pooch ingests chocolate (even a small quantity) you should contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible for advice.
3. Tomatoes and Raw Potatoes
Glycoalkaloid Solanine is a poisonous compound that can cause digestive ailments in all animals, which can be found in these foods. Make sure you don’t keep your potatoes on the bottom shelf where your sneaky sausage can get their paws on them.
4. Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins need to be avoided as their toxicity has been linked to kidney failure in dogs, their toxicity is well documented in dogs. Although the exact substance that causes the toxic reaction is not yet known, dogs should not eat any grapes and raisins because even small amounts can prove to be fatally toxic for a dog.
5. Onions and garlic
It is not currently known what quantity of onion or garlic needs to be consumed by your sausage to be considered poisonous. However, if they do manage to eat some, you can expect pale gums, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you notice a rapid heartbeat or blood in the urine after you dachshund consumes onion or garlic, it is a sign to ring your local vet.
6. Foods containing Xylitol
Xylitol is a sugar-free sweater derived from fruit and vegetables with 40% fewer calories than sugar. Xylitol stimulates the pancreas causing it to secrete insulin which lowers the blood pressure and can cause liver damage. Even 30 minutes after ingestion your pooch may begin to lose their feeling in their legs and even have a seizure. It is imperative you seek veterinary treatment in this situation. If your hound ingests some lollies or other known candy food, check if the ingredients have xylitol.
Dogs are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than people are. While a few licks of coffee, tea or soda will not contain enough caffeine to cause poisoning in most cases, the ingestion of moderate amounts of coffee grounds, tea bags or diet pills can easily cause death in small dogs.