I am not known for my cooking, which is fine with me since I don’t really enjoy it. To me, the only thing that makes it fun is seeing the joyful tail wagging of my pups when I drop something.
Usually, it is fruit or veggies that my hounds get to sample, and in general it does not concern me, however not all of them are created equal. I am sure that you have heard even foods that we consider harmless can be detrimental to our furry friends.
I have compiled a short list of common foods that we have in our kitchens that can be harmful if ingested.
- Coffee, all forms
- Chocolate, dark bakers chocolate is usually the most harmful
- Xylitol sweetener
- Garlic and garlic powder
- Raw egg, milk, other dairy products
- Any meat bones.
For the most part, the amount of food ingested and the size of the dog has a lot to do with the level of toxicity and concern warranted for each case. It is always best to call your Veterinarian if there is ever a concern or question about something your dog has ingested. Pet Telehealth 1-800-670-9605 is also available to answer questions.
There are many beneficial and tasty fruits and veggies that we can give to our dogs without any worry. Often times a veggie or fruit for a treat is a lower calorie than actual dog treats. If your pet is on a specific diet, always check with your Veterinarian before adding anything to their diet. It is a nice and easy way to add some variety to their diets. Here is a list of some to try.
- Watermelon Asparagus
- Sweet Potatoes
- Green beans
- Brussel sprouts
- Carrots Cucumber
Written by: BJ, CCR