So let’s play a game.
I’m going to ask you one question, and if you get it right, you win $100,000.
If you get it wrong, you have to enroll in a school for the incompetent.
Sound like a deal?
The million dollar question is this:
Do you think you should feed your dog junk food and sweets?
If your answer is yes, here’s your one-way bus ticket to common sense school.
Oh, and buses drive in the road and people stand on the sidewalk – we wouldn’t want you to get hit by the bus before you had a chance to learn about that.
For the rest of you that answered no, congratulations!
You just won $100,000.
I’ll be sure to wire you the money as soon as possible, but because I’m a Nigerian prince, I’m a little busy with politics and matters of state.
Just send me your bank account information and I’ll get it to you ASAP.
No, your dog should not eat Flamin’ Hot Cheetos or Hershey’s Kisses.
Really you shouldn’t even be eating those things, but hey, I’m not here to judge.
This entire subsection of human food just comes down to this:
If you know the food is junk for humans, it’s junk for dogs.
Whether or not they can actually physically digest these things without problems is another matter.
There are some things that they can technically eat, and other things that could potentially kill them.
One of the biggest toxins for dogs that sweets have in abundance is a xylitol.
Xylitol is that tricky compound I mentioned earlier.
You’ll commonly find this in sugar-free products like gum or sugar-free baked goods. Xylitol can lead to vomiting, overall weakness, hypoglycemia, liver failure, and seizures in dogs.
Of course, one sweet your dog mustn’t consume is chocolate. We’ve all heard it before and it’s not a myth.
The compound within chocolate that’s harmful actually comes from the cocoa bean itself.
It’s a compound called theobromine.
Theobromine has the capacity to affect your dog’s central nervous system and heart. Levels of this chemical vary between types of chocolate, but it’s easiest to avoid it altogether.
When I was growing up, my family came home once and found that our German Shepherd had consumed an entire cake.
I’m not talking about something as small as an individual Twinkie, I’m talking a whole birthday cake.
She had retrieved it from the kitchen table and all that was left was the box it came in. She was lying close to the box, visibly sick.
After some close monitoring and a few calls to the vet, we were advised to wait it out.
Luckily, the cake was a vanilla cake and wasn’t made with any sugar substitutes. Unfortunately for her, she had to suffer through a massively upset stomach but it eventually worked itself out.
Had she had the chance, I’m 99% certain she would have eaten it all again, which brings me to my next point.
Dogs don’t have self-control.
They’re not watching their waistlines or trying to look fit for that fluffy little poodle next door.
You are their control.
So don’t create bad habits for them and make sure they don’t have free access to junk food.