Most dog owners are familiar with keeping their beloved canine friends away from food for people. Nevertheless, most of us sometimes offer that bacon scrap under the table. While small quantities seem harmless, they could potentially lead to our dogs wanting more and more human food.
A recent incident has proved to be a sad example of what can happen when a pup eats too much food he shouldn’t eat. Whether the “scruffy puppy” was given the large number of ribs he ingested, or whether it was an accident, is unknown. We do know that after the life-threatening incident, emergency surgery was performed to try to save the dog.
“This sweet scruffy puppy came to us after ingesting a large amount of ribs,” Sacramento SPCA shared on Facebook.
The post went on to say that almost 50 “rib type” bones were found in the pup’s intestines and stomach. While things were looking up when he started eating a bit for a while in foster care, the dog didn’t end up making it.
“We aren’t sure if he was fed these purposefully or if this adorable scoundrel got himself into the garbage,” Sacramento SPCA stated. “But it’s better to be safe than sorry — keep human food away from your furry friends!”
A follow up post was shared, telling everyone that the puppy had passed. “Our veterinary team provided him with additional treatment, but unfortunately his little body could not quite catch up,” the post explained.
According to a recent article written in January of this year by the American Kennel Club, not all people food is unsafe or unhealthy for dogs.
“Some of the foods people eat can be introduced to a dog’s diet just fine, and even provide health benefits such as joint strength, better breath, and allergy immunity,” AKC states.
While some nuts and specific fruits and vegetables are big no-nos, other human foods like fish, cheese and cashews seem to be okay in small quantities.
As always, if you have a pet in your family, make sure you research what foods are safe for your furry friends before offering them as treats or a part of their regular diet.