Our healthy two-year-old Yorkshire Terrier will eat everything and anything! As a treat, we sometimes give him leftovers from our takeaway meals – is this OK?

Anna Cherry advises…

Sharing your takeaway with your dog may seem like the ultimate treat, and there’s no doubt he will happily woof it down! However, takeaway food – although delicious – can be harmful to your dog’s health. Firstly, it can be high in fat, especially if it contains fried ingredients. This will not only play havoc with your dog’s digestive system (resulting in a nasty stomach ache, and perhaps even vomiting or diarrhoea), but can also cause pancreatitis, which can be life-threatening in dogs. Second, takeaway foods don’t generally come with a list of ingredients, which makes it impossible to know exactly what they contain.

This is important because there are certain foods we use in cooking that can be toxic for your furry friend. Thai, Chinese and Indian food, for example, often contain onions, shallots, garlic and chives. These are all part of the allium family and are toxic to dogs. At first glance, they may be difficult to spot, especially if they have been finely chopped, or used in a dried or powdered form. Raisins, currants and sultanas are also toxic to our canine companions. They are less commonly found in takeaway foods, but are sometimes added to couscous, tagines and curries, as well as certain types of naan bread.

So to keep your companion healthy and well, avoid feeding him any takeaway food and give him a dog-friendly treat instead, which won’t harm his health.


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