As Dog lovers We Want to Spoil out Dogs
We want to spoil our furry members of the family all the time. Especially when it comes to sharing the things we love with them.
Unfortunately, not everything that is good for us is good for our pets too. Listed below is a series of foods to keep away from your dogs and foods we need to give them.
WHAT ARE THE FOODS I NEED TO KEEP AWAY FROM MY DOG ??
1. Chocolate (& Caffeine)
Even if you have never had a dog of your own you probably know that chocolate is toxic to dogs. What you might not know is that this also extends to coffee and caffeine.
All of these items come from cacao seeds, which contain methylxanthines. This has been known to cause numerous ill effects in dogs and even death. They should be kept far away from your pets.
2. Grapes and Raisins
This one might not be as widely known, and that might be a result of the reason behind it being somewhat unknown as well, but grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. It is best to avoid giving either of these to your dog at all.
If ingested in large amounts, salt can cause pets to have excessive thirst and urination. This can lead to severe dehydration and even sodium ion poisoning, so it’s best to limit the salty snacks you give your dogs. Some common salty snacks to watch out for can include pretzels, chips, popcorn etc.
This common table food can cause bloating and twisting in your dogs stomach. This extends to all forms of bread, from sliced to baked. Also, when eating raw dough, the ethanol produced from the yeast can cause your dog to become drunk. Obviously, you do not want that so you are going to want to keep all forms of bread away from your pups.
Dogs are famously known for their love of bones, however, giving your dogs bones from the table can be very harmful to them. Certain bones like chicken and ribs are prone to breaking off easily.
All this can do damage to your dogs throat going down and even choke them. The bones can also splinter off at any point going down, potentially damaging their insides and their stomachs. It is best to only give your dogs bones that were made especially for chewing on, like the kind you can find at your local pet store.
WHAT ARE THE HUMAN FOODS THAT MY DOGS CAN EAT ??
There are some human foods that are safe to share with your four legged friends. Remember to keep snacks to 10% of your dog’s overall calorie intake to ensure that they’re getting the nutrition they need from their high quality dog food.
Some human food that dogs can eat:
• Air Popped Popcorn
Popcorn is OK as long as it’s air popped and salt and butter free.
• Fruits apples, pineapple, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, huckleberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew
• Fresh as well as frozen berries are fine. Watch out for seeds in melons and apples.
• Lean Meat chicken, turkey (no skin), fish, lean pork (no ham)
• These are all safe for dogs as long as they’re boneless and cooked. Avoid excess fat.
• Oatmeal Duke loves steel cut oats with blueberries for breakfast. He shares just about 1/2 tablespoon with me most mornings.
• Peanut Butter Dogs do not appear to be sensitive to peanuts. You should watch out for peanut butter that is high in sugar and/or salt though.
• Sunflower Seeds Shelled sunflower seeds, preferably without salt and only in small amounts.
• Rice boiled rice is bland but it’s easy on your pooches stomach. Salt free rice cakes are OK too.
• Vegetables broccoli, carrots, green beans, peas, squash, sweet potatoes, potatoes (no green skin, sprouts or flesh)
My dogs LOVE Tomatoes. Some people say that you shouldn’t feed your dog tomatoes but my research tells me that they’re OK in small amounts. It’s the actual tomato plants themselves that are poisonous so watch out for the stems.
WHAT ARE THE HUMAN FOODS I SHOULD NEVER FEED MY
Of course there are some foods you should never feed your dog. Some you may be aware of and some you may not. In doing my research I was surprised by some of them myself.
. Cooked Bones
. Excessive Fat
. Grapes and Raisins
. Macadamia Nuts
. Milk and Dairy products
. Onions and Garlic
. Green Potatoes
. Raw Egg Whites
Keep in mind this is only a partial list, there are other potentially dangerous substances you should keep out of your dog’s reach, including these…
. Ibuprofen (Advil and other brands)
. Excessivesalt, sugar and sugar substitutes such as Xylitol
What you choose to feed your own dog is entirely up to you. If you have any questions or concerns you should always consult with your Vet.