If you have ever been tempted to feed you dog “a little bit” of what you are eating, you aren’t alone. Many people do it everyday. You should be aware, however, that there are certain foods that you never want to feed you dog.
- Nuts (especially walnuts and macadamia nuts)
- Candy containing Xylitol (a common sweetener found in some diet products)
- Grapes and raisins
- Onions and garlic
- Uncooked Bread Dough
Additionally, you want to make sure that you keep medicine away from pets just as would children. Often people will attempt to medicate their dog using a medicine normally prescribed for humans. This can lead to gastric ulcers, liver damage, kidney failure and sometimes death.
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The good news is that there are some foods that you CAN give your pet.
These foods are normally harmless, but remember that there are some dogs that have sensitive stomachs. It is always a good idea to check with your vet before introducing a new food item. Also, remember that these “extras” should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s daily caloric intake– including any of the treats you may be giving them that come out of a bag!
For most dogs, any cooked lean meat should be fine. Avoid high-fat meats, chicken skin and fat from steaks or roasts. Too much fat can lead to an upset stomach and you may have to deal with cleaning up the results. Additionally, it can lead to a very painful condition called pancreatitis. Dogs, like people do not need a lot of extra fat in their diets. Beware of bones. Bones can be a choking hazard. Additionally, bones (especially chicken bones) can splinter. If your dog ingests a splinter, it can lead to a potentially dangerous situation and a vet visit that could end up costing a great deal of money. Better to forego the bone!
Fruits such as apple slices, orange slices, bananas and watermelon are all OK and enjoyed by many dogs. Just like people, they have likes and dislikes, and what one dogs loves another may ignore. If you are feeding any of these to your dog, be sure that the seeds have been removed. Seeds are not good for your dog.
Vegetables, including carrot sticks, green beans, cucumber and zucchini slices are all OK. Carrots make great training treats. Use carrots cut into small pieces or the mini carrots, right out of the bag. Additionally, some dogs enjoy a frozen carrot once in a while!
Plain baked potatoes are fine as is plain cooked bread , but make sure there are no nuts or raisins added. The key word here is plain!
Plain cooked pasta and white rice are OK. As a matter of fact, veterinarians often recommend plain rice and some boiled chicken when a dog is experiencing an upset stomach.
In moderation, these foods should be just fine for your pet. One of things that you do want to avoid is feeding your dog from the table. If you do that, you will soon have a dog that pesters you during your meals! If you are considering feeding your dog other “human” foods, be sure to check with your vet first.