What Dogs Should and Shouldn’t Eat
What might be good to you might not be good to your pet. You have to be very careful on what you mix on his dog food, or what you throw at him at snack time, or else you’ll end up frequently visiting the veterinarian for a checkup. Below are foods to keep you guided on what to put into his little tummy.
- Chocolate – has Theobromine, toxic, may cause cardiac arythmias leading to myocardial infarction. Intake of chocolates may also cause GI bleeding.
- Walnuts – has high phosphorus content which can possibly cause bladder stones
- Potato Sprouts and Green Potato Skins – Solanum alkaloids are poorly absorbed which is toxic
- Turkey skin – has high fat content which may cause inflammation in the pancreas or Pancreatitis. In severe cases, autodigestion happens, affecting the surrounding organs in the GI region.
- Onions and garlic – has Thiosulphate which is toxic to dogs, cats and other livestock. Toxicity causes haemolytic anaemia, where the pet’s red blood cells burst while circulating in its body, and gastroenteritis, characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of interest in food.
- Pear pips, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pips (contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning)
- Potato peelings and green looking potatoes
- Rhubarb leaves
- Moldy/spoiled foods
- Yeast dough
- Coffee grounds, beans & tea (caffeine)
- Hops (used in home brewing)
- Tomato leaves & stems (green parts)
- Broccoli (in large amounts)
- Raisins and grapes
What SHOULD be in buddy’s diet:
- Vegetables – potatoes (cooked), carrots, lettuce, green beans, peas, and yams are good and easy to digest for most dogs. Carrots and yams should be cut in small pieces or ran through a food processor, and green beans sliced. Some may be mixed with wet or dry food.
- Fruits – apples (not the core), bananas, cantaloupe, and watermelon are perfect for small treats.
- Grains should not be given in large amounts, ten percent is what’s recommended.
- Yogurt – make it plain and non-fat. It could be mixed with fruit as treat.
- Dry Food for dogs – corn starch or corn by-products should not be first on the list.
- Wet Food – this may depend on your pet’s taste
- Water – lots of it!