Diwali is just around the corner! Of course, for our pooches, fireworks is not something to look forward to but there is so much more to Diwali than just fireworks and lights. There is just a happy vibe about this festival. Meeting your friends and family is an added bonus. But like every other festival or any other day, actually, food is something we all get excited about. The karanjis, the katlis and the ladoos is something almost all of us crave on a daily basis, Diwali is just an excuse to cheat on that month-long diet. But are they good for our four legged/ furry friends?
Diwali is a difficult time for our pups. The fireworks and the lights are not something they enjoy but our pooches love to eat too. But can they eat the katlis and karanjis? There are various food items that are great for us, hoomans, but could harm our pups. Here is a list of things that are very commonly available in our houses during Diwali that our pups can or cannot eat.
Sugar: Diwali = Sweets, but doesn’t work like that with dogs. Natural sugar is fine for dogs but granulated sugar is close to poison. Sugar contains xylitol which can cause your dog's blood sugar to drop and can also cause liver failure. No sweets for doggies!
Cashew: Cashew is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids which helps heal inflammation in the body. They also contribute to healthy skin and a soft, shiny coat. Cashews also include calcium, copper, iron, flavonols, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin K and zinc. Doggies benefit from all these minerals and vitamins. However, it should be consumed in moderate amounts. Because sugar is not good for dogs, they cannot eat kaju katli but can consume cashews in their original form.
Almond: There is rarely any living being who does not like almonds. Every sweet dish feels incomplete without the toppings of chopped almonds. Almonds is not the best thing for dogs though, as it can cause gastric intestinal distress. Doggies cannot digest almonds as easily as we Hoomans do.
Raisins: Raisins are not meant for doggies. Due to it being very high in sugar content, it can cause your dog's blood sugar to drop and can also cause liver failure.
Walnuts: Walnuts are great for humans but they cause weakness, tremors, lethargy and hyperthermia in dogs so they should be completely avoided in a dog’s diet.
All Purpose Flour(Maida): Maida is not great in nutrients and is not best to consume by us humans or by our furry friends. But if your Doggie has shown no problems after eating wheat, then maida will not be as harmful but it’s advisable to avoid consuming maida. Wheat flour, buckwheat flour and nut flour are recommended over all purpose flour or white flour.
Gram Flour/Chickpea flour (Besan): It can be eaten! Besan ke ladoo for your pooch just without the sugar. Besan is high in digestible protein which is extremely good for dogs. It is an excellent source of folic acid, potassium and fiber. Chickpeas also contain Thiamine, Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Calcium. Chickpeas are among the best dog-friendly beans and they also make a perfect treat for dogs struggling with obesity.
Milk: Milk and milk based products can cause diarrhea and other digestive problems for your pup. They can also trigger food allergies, which can cause your pup to itch. So no mithai with milk and milk products for doggies!
Chocolates: Chocolates are a big No No! As they are one of the most common gifts we give/receive on Diwali, pet parents should keep all the chocolate products out of their pup’s reach. They contain theobromine and caffeine, these two stimulants that dogs cannot efficiently metabolize. If your dog eats chocolate, he may exhibit symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. These symptoms can also lead to serious complications like internal bleeding, muscle tremors, seizures and worse.
For a detailed list of what your pup can and cannot eat, consider checking it out on DoggieTheApp food list. It is available in the Doggopedia section of the app. We wish you and your Doggie an amazing Diwali!