While you may think of your teacup Maltese as a member of the family, it’s important to recognize that their dietary needs are much different to that of an actual human being. So while it may seem only natural to give your pet a little taste of whatever the rest of the family had for dinner that day, we would highly encourage you to reconsider. The very last thing you want is for your dog to suffer simply because you made on small, well-intentioned mistake when feeding them.
Before an emergency trip to the vet’s office becomes necessary, take the time to educate yourself on which foods are actually pretty dangerous to your dog’s health:
Chocolate – This is one food that most dog owners know better than to feed to their furry friend, but why? Well for starters, chocolate contains both caffeine and theobromine, which are both belong to a group of chemicals called methylxanthines. The darker the chocolate, the more methylxanthines, and the higher the toxicity level.
Garlic and Onions – As garlic is considered to be a member of the onion family, both contain the same type of compounds that can cause damage to your dog’s red blood cells. One thing that may help you to remember which types of foods to avoid is the fact that the stronger the scent, the more toxic it is. Because eating a ton of these types of vegetables isn’t very common for dogs, it may be a few days before you even start to notice a difference in their health or behavior.
Avocados – The leaves, pit, bark and fruit itself may contain a toxin known as persin. If ingested, your Maltese may suffer from an upset stomach, trouble breathing, or an obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract caused by swallowing the pit.
Grapes – Though it is currently unknown which compounds and chemicals cause grapes to be harmful to dogs, one thing is for certain: they are extremely toxic to their systems. Eating a grape or raisin can cause your pet to experience vomiting, diarrhea and even rapid kidney failure.
For an extended list of foods that are considered dangerous for your canine, visit the official ASPCA website. If you have any further questions about the foods listed and their effects on teacup Maltese in particular, let us know!