Nutrition

Feeding the Beagle: Food Restrictions

It’s clearly useful to know which foods may be harmful or fatal to your friend: you want to avoid any mistake, even the ones in good faith!

Let’s list some of the most common foods that can cause severe injuries or, in the worst case, even kill your beloved friend. Also, we can start from the basic rule of feeding it only with specially designed dog food.

Food Restrictions: Bones are unsuitable

The bones of chicken, rabbit, lamb, game and those chops and pork chops are to be avoided entirely: they are too small and fragile. They can clog the throat or the intestine and their fragments can cause severe internal injuries. For your dogs’ safety, it is better not to take any risk. If you want to give it a bone, choose a big bone of cattle that wouldn’t be spongy!

Leftovers:

It’s the basic rule mentioned above: don’t give them what we eat. Leftovers are usually too fat and not in line with its nutritional requirements and moreover we would incentivize the wrong behavior of begging for food.

Milk:

Dogs do not have the enzymes necessary to digest it. Giving them milk (or any product containing lactose) can cause some gastrointestinal disturbances.

Chocolate:

Chocolate is toxic to dogs! Avoid giving him/her even the smallest amount! Just three hundred grams of chocolate can kill a puppy. Don’t even think about doing this!

Cat food:

It is not said to satisfy the nutritional requirements of a dog and often has too much flavor, protein, and fat. Ingesting this kind of food for an extended period may cause health problems.

Note that if you are lucky enough to be able to make your beagle coexist with other animals, including cats, you must keep their foods separate!

Regarding fruits and vegetables, we wrote the post “Can the beagle eat fruits and vegetables?” from which we fetch the complete list of foods to avoid. Your buddy should stay away from:

Onions and cabbages:
They can lure it with their aroma, but both contain a harmful substance to their blood, capable of causing anemia. Warning! Seeds of cherries, plums, apricots and peaches. Dogs should not gnaw or worse swallow them because they contain cyanide that is a potent toxic substance.
Excessively sugary fruit:

These are such as figs because their excess in sugar can cause metabolic difficulties or severe disorders.

Grapes and raisins:

Avoid them in any possible way, even the dry ones! Both of these are toxic to dogs and can seriously injure their kidneys.
Spinach, Chicory, Swiss chard, and lettuce:

They increase the risk of formation of a kidney stone and may damage the mechanisms of calcium assimilation.
Peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants:
Avoid each of these! Both because the dog’s digestive system is unable to process them efficiently and because the toxins they contain (solanine) are very toxic to our friends, unlike for humans who can metabolize certain quantities.
Garlic, chives, and onions:

Forget about these, too! They can easily irritate your dog’s digestive system and contain toxic substances that can impair the blood’s functionality.

As noted above, these are only the most common prohibited foods.

Do not take any unnecessary risks. Even if the desire to give him/her snack time to time may be strong, don’t do it. Remember the basic rule: we could have fun throwing it some “strange” morsel, but he/she won’t!

This post is also available in: Portuguese (Brazil)

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