To follow on from the article listing 10 great foods for your Cockapoo, let’s have a look at what we should not be giving them. ‘Tis the season. Lovely tasting treats are everywhere. Your crafty Cockapoos may plead. They may look desperate. They may lay the biggest guilt trip on you, but don’t be tempted to feed them the following things. They will thank you for it in the long run!
- This probably common knowledge by now, but worth repeating. Chocolate is toxic to dogs because of two chemicals. Caffeine and theobromine. It is interesting to note that the darker the chocolate, the worse it is for dogs as a rule, but best to avoid chcolate in any form. Watch out for chunks in cookies and cakes. Make sure the kids are not leaving a trail of chocolate behind them.
- Nuts. Generally speaking, your Cockapoo’s digestive system is not made to handle nuts. Different nuts have varying effects. They can lead to mild tummy upsets right up to vomiting and diarrhea with the accompanying abdominal pain. Best not to guess which nuts are better than others. Simply avoid them.
- It may take a lot of onions to cause problems, but it is worth knowing that too many can cause damage to your Cockapoo’s red blood cells. The ASPCA confirms this. Avoid significant amounts.
- Garlic. This one should be taken ore seriously. All members of the onion family are not good for dogs, but garlic is much stronger and thus much more toxic. It is worth noting how much garlic you have used in any food you may treat your dog with. Soup? Sauces? Watch the levels.
- An interesting one. Many dogs have enjoyed grapes on a regular basis with no issues. Some people have used them as training treats. However, they have recently been associated with canine kidney failure. Worth mentioning to a vet if issues arise and grapes have been eaten.
- Pomegranate. Another interesting item. Great for humans with many benefits. The fruit is not actually bad for your Cockapoo but the number of seeds are what cause the problems. These are tough to digest. Currants and raisins are similar. Stomach pain could be a result.
- Avocado. Dogs do not usually get a serious reaction to eating avocado, but some animals do. A chemical called Persin can ooze from the pit and be absorbed into the flesh of the fruit. Birds and Horses can suffer badly. Also, maybe stating the obvious. The pit is not a Cockapoo toy to be chased and eaten!
- Obvious you might say. Yes, but it is everywhere. Where do your kids put their chewed gum. How much is on the sidewalk when you walk around the block. Hard to digest plus it carries a calorie-free sweetener called Xylitol which can cause disorientation or even a seizure due to the blood sugar crash this induces in dogs. Be aware!
- Beer. Not funny! The alcohol and hops are both toxic to your dog.
- Popcorn. Finally, an honourable mention to popcorn. Not really a big problem to dogs but the uncooked seeds and kernels that we pick out can cause problems for your cockapoo. Hard to digest and easy to get stuck in their teeth. Dental issues and a tummy ache are not fun.
There are probably a lot of items on this list that we enjoy. Many a Cockapoo right now is salivating while their owner enjoys chocolate, nuts and beer. Don’t give in. Read the ‘healthy’ list and spoil them the right way.