How do we know what is safe to feed our dog?
I tend to rely on pages on the internet such as Medical News Today. They compiled a list of foods that have been approved to be healthy in moderation for your dog. They recommended some of the following foods that can actually be healthy for your dog. Its good to be educated on the topic. Especially with any holidays coming forth.
(Remember too many Vitamins can be harmful to your dog.)
Pumpkin- typically 1 to 4 tablespoons of canned pumpkin is a good place to start. You can mix the pumpkin puree in with your dog’s normal food. This is an ideal dosage for diarrhea, constipation, or an upset stomach associated with changing food. Very high in Vitamin A so use moderately. It also contains, Vitamin C and B6.
Carrots – contain a lot of Vitamin A and should be used in moderation. However, be sure that the carrots are cut up enough to prevent choking. Some dogs do not chew their food. It can be a great alternative to plaque removing treats, which are high in calories. Carrots do help remove plaque.
Cucumbers – They are a chosen snack for our dog. They are very low in calories and should be chopped up as well to prevent any chance of choking. Cucumbers contain Vitamin K and other valuable nutrients and minerals. Sometimes I mix them in with watermelon on a hot summer day. Great for dogs that are trying to lose weight.
Watermelon- This will keep your dog hydrated and are full of Vitamin A, B6, and C. Make sure you remove all the seeds and skin. The dog will not be able to digest these. It can result in a vet bill or blockage if not careful. Again you will want to prevent choking so cut them up in bite-size pieces.
Banana- My dog loves bananas. However, my other dog won’t have any part of that! they are safe and should be fed in moderation. They are high in Potassium and magnesium. So they should be fed in moderation as well. They do have a higher sugar content so do be very conservative when giving them to your dog. They can not eat the peels. Remove them just as you would if you were going to eat them.
Blueberries- I sometimes will add these into my dog’s food to change things up a bit. I, of course, do this in moderation. Especially for my senior dogs. They are high in antioxidants and have They are high in potassium, B6, C, and Iron.
Green Beans- These are very healthy for your dog. Full of iron, and vitamin K. And high in Calcium as well. They can eat them cooked or raw. But you should always chop in bite-size pieces.
Peas- One of my dog’s favorite treats from our Garden. I open the pods and take the peas out. They can eat them raw or whole as well. Peas are high in Vitamin A, B6, Calcium, Potassium and other minerals.
Apples- Make sure to take the seeds our and peel the apple. Dogs cannot digest them. Cut into small pieces to prevent choking. DO NOT feed your dog rotten apples. It will turn to alcohol. Apples are high in fiber and sugar, so do give in moderation. They contain Vitamin C and Magnesium as well.
Peanut Butter- this can be good in small amounts. However, make sure it is all-natural. NO Sugar Additives like xylitol, which is highly toxic to dogs. If you have given your dog Xylitol by accident. You should immediately call your vet or the Aminal Poison Hotline.
Poultry and Pork – With all poultry and pork you should make sure you remove the fats. It can harm the dog if too much fat is given to them. It should be cooked to prevent Food Poisoning. Remove any bones as well. Because there is a high-fat content in Pork, it should be fed in moderation as well. Chicken/Turkey and rice are always recommended when your dog has an upset tummy. NO salt or seasonings. Slowly integrating the bland diet of chicken and rice to their normal feeding schedule. I have done this many times. I swear by it.
Plain Popcorn- This can be a nutritious snack as long as it has no salt or seasonings. Also, make sure they do not eat the kernels, not only can they choke but they can get them stuck in their teeth and gums as well. High in magnesium phosphorus, and zinc.
Strawberries, Cantaloupe and Mango– Make sure you peel and pit the mangoes and cantaloupe. They should be cut up in small pieces as well to prevent choking. Feed-in moderation. They are full of antioxidants, high in fiber and vitamin C.
Dairy Products- Milk, cheese, and plain yogurt, are safe for dogs to have in very small amounts. According to MedicineToday: Eating too much dairy can cause digestive problems. This is because dogs have low levels of lactase, a digestive enzyme that breaks down the sugars in milk. Dogs with lactose intolerance should not eat dairy products. Signs of lactose intolerances include diarrhea or vomiting after consuming anything that contains dairy.
Before feeding your dog human foods. Check with your vet. Especially when on prescription food. The food you may be giving your dog may already have high contents of Vitamin A. Talk to the Experts. And most of all feed with caution.
NEVER GIVE YOUR DOG
Cherries- The pits contain high amounts of cyanide. Cherries can also be a choking hazard. And they are very high in sugar.
Grapes- Grapes or Raisins can cause damage to your dog. They can cause kidney failure or death. Keep them away from your dog.
Chocolate, coffee, and caffeine– These are highly toxic. They contain chemicals called methylxanthines, The chemicals can cause vomiting, an abnormal heart rate, seizures, and sometimes death.
Avocados- contain a substance called persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Highly not recommended.
Oranges and Other Citrus Fruit– Citric Acid an lead to nervous system depression. Not to mention vomiting and diarrhea. Not recommended at all.
Cinnamon- In high quantities, it can lead to liver failure. Be sure to make sure they do not get much. It is not considered toxic but can lead to other health problems or upset stomachs.
Coconut- The high levels of potassium can be very toxic. Make sure you always check to see the amount of any coconut oils used.
Macadamia nuts – are poisonous to dogs and can cause muscle weakness, vomiting, lethargy, and hyperthermia. I do not recommend giving any of your dogs nuts of any kind. It is also a choking hazard.
IceCream- this can be very high in sugar and can contain artificial sweeteners. Stay clear of it.
Onions, garlic, and chives– These contain organosulfoxides, which are toxic to dogs and may lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain.
Raw Eggs- Although some people believe this does change the health of the skin and health and will. However, they can also lead to biotin deficiency in dogs
Xylitol – This can cause death and is highly toxic. It is added to many of our human foods. So please check your labels.
Bread Dough- this can cause bloat and gas build-up. Wich can lead to other complications.
Alcohol- Can cause coma, seizures, and death. Stay clear!
In any situation, I can not stress enough the importance of getting advice from an expert. You can always call the poison hotline to ask them.