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Sharing Meals With Your Dog

Jul 10, 2008
Sometimes we slip and share some of our dinner with our dogs on purpose; other times by accident. Some food we eat can be good and nutritious for dogs, but other food can be very dangerous. It's very important to learn and understand what your dog should and should not eat. Below we have made a list of some common foods that are good for dogs and some that are dangerous for dogs. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. You should always consult your veterinarian prior to feeding your dog any new types of food.

Good Foods

- Cheese: Cheese is generally a safe and yummy treat for dogs, but be careful you don't give too much of it.

- Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is a good, safe treat for you dog in moderation. It's also very easy to disguise a pill with when you need to medicate your dog.

- Carrots: Raw carrots are very healthy for dogs. Just make sure that they are chewing it thoroughly to prevent choking and that your dog doesn't fill up too much and refuse a well balanced diet.

- Popcorn: Popcorn is another good treat, as long as you don't give it too much. It's very high in fiber. The safest kind is when its air popped, without any preservatives.

Dangerous Foods

- Nuts: Some nuts can cause severe muscle problems that may lead to paralysis, such as macadamia nuts. It is best to stay away from nuts or nut products, with an exception of peanut butter.

- Chocolate: It might taste good, but chocolate contains theo bromise which is potentially fatal for you pet. It's not a good idea to feed your dog any amount of chocolate. If it doesn't kill your dog, chocolate will certainly cause restlessness and stomach problems.

- Bones: Cooked bones from roasts or your Thanksgiving dinner might seem like a good thing to give your dog, however, they can splinter an the sharp edges that splinter off can puncture a dog's insides and cause significant problems.

- Onions and garlic: These foods contain thiosulphate which is toxic for your dog.

- Grapes and Raisins: Though these foods are healthy to humans and seem yummy, they can cause acute renal failure in dogs.

In addition, you must be careful not to leave these foods where you dog can get to them. Keep a close watch on your children who are eating grapes and raisins when dogs are around. Also make sure desserts are well out of reach from your dog.

When not sure of food to give, always be on the cautious side and don't give your dog regular human food. Your dog gets all the nutrition he or she needs from their dog food. Human food may be supplemented; however you should be cautious and should never be substituted for dog food. Try to only use human food as a special rare treat to encourage your dog. Next time you think about sharing your meal or snack with your dog, be sure that you are giving the dog food that he or she can enjoy safely.

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This article was written by Janine Carter, owner of Posh Pampered Pets. If you have any questions regarding Horse Supplies or Posh Pampered Pets , please feel free to call 979-221-7251 or email info@poshpamperedpets.com
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