Little Known Unsafe Foods For Dogs

There comes a time in every dog’s life when they get the chance to enjoy a little bit of what’s on our dinner plate. Some crumbs, or even a small spill gives their “vacuum” like instincts a chance to dine on some treats. But dogs don’t know what can hurt them. Several foods that we consume daily are potentially dangerous or even fatal for dogs.

Doggy diet

Dogs should already be on a quality dog food diet. Table scraps and human food should be avoided because they can contain heavy grease and fats that can lead to many health and weight problems. Later in life, dogs may experience problems such as pancreatitis from these foods. Dog foods, particularly “lean” brands can help to avoid these issues.

Another problem with human foods is that we tend to flavor them with salt. While salt is still part of a dog’s daily diet, the excessive amounts that we tend to use can cause them kidney and liver problems. In addition to this problem, dogs will instinctively lick salted areas and foods, much like a horse would. Avoid giving your dog any foods that are heavily salted, or even allowing them to lick up some excess salt that you may have spilled while cooking.

Troublesome foods for your dog

Your dog’s overall health shouldn’t be your only concern, however. There are many foods that can actually cause immediate problems. Among the well-known hazardous foods for dogs is chocolate. While very tasty and a sweet we tend to celebrate with (Valentines, Easter, Christmas), chocolate contains a chemical known as theobromine, which quickly accumulates in their body. It actually does the same for us, but we can metabolize it quickly enough to prevent any danger. Dogs cannot do this, so poisoning can result, which can even become deadly.

Keep these sweets away from your dog. Other items that contain this chemical are some types of favored drinks. Tea and coffee can also cause poisoning, so be sure to properly dispose of old grounds or tea bags.

Another popular, yet often overlooked food item is the grape. These simple fruits don’t appear to be harmful, but can actually cause kidney failure in dogs. This also applies to raisins, which are basically dried grapes, and of course, wine.

Though you wouldn’t give raw eggs to your dog, there are many ways they can get ahold of this food. When cooking eggs, we usually throw the shells into trash cans, or there could also be some spillage on the floor or countertops. Egg is an ideal breeding ground for salmonella, which is toxic to dogs as well as humans. Be sure to clean up and properly dispose of your trash.

For those who have a garden, tomatoes are a very popular item to grow. This fruit is tasty and adds flavor to various meals. But for a dog, it can be dangerous. Tomatoes can cause tremors and heart arrhythmias, and can be difficult to diagnose. While the tomato is dangerous, the plant itself can be deadly. Because dogs will naturally eat plants, avoid growing these in your garden, or allowing your dog access to that area.

Apples, cherries, and peaches all contain seeds and pits. Astoundingly, these very nutritious fruits can be potentially dangerous to your dog. Unlike humans, dogs will consume the entire fruit, seeds and all. The seeds in these particular plants actually contain trace amounts of cyanide, which is why we don’t eat the core or pits. If your dog wants to enjoy some apples or similar fruits, be sure to slice the cores out of them, and just feed them the meat.

Avocados are a completely different story, however, as every part of this fruit is deadly for a dog. It can lead to difficulty of breathing and the accumulation of fluids in their chest. Do not allow your dog access to any form of avocado, including dips.

While most nuts would naturally be okay for a dog to eat, the macadamia nut contains chemicals which can cause weakness, muscle tremors, and even paralysis. These nuts are popular in chocolate dipped products and even trail mix snacks. Don’t let your dog sneak from your snack bag while you’re out on the road, camping, or traveling.

A quality dog diet should consist of dog food and supplements that you discussed with your vet. While dog food seems like a bland food, and you’re tempted to spice it up with some of your own daily portion, be sure that you avoid giving them anything that can potentially hurt them.

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Read the Label

photoIn a restaurant, before ordering something off the menu, it’s automatic that you read the description and the ingredients of the dish, right? Furthermore, we’ve always been advised as to how important it is to read the labels before purchasing anything from a supermarket shelf. This should also be the case when buying food for your pet.

Here are five reasons why you should read the label before buying food for your pet:

Your dog may have food preferences. Feeds usually include dry and fresh food. But did you know that pet animals like dogs may prefer food that has more moisture? Well this is mainly because moist food is easier to chew and swallow. The freshly prepared dog food generally consists of ingredients like freshly cut chicken pieces in addition to cranberry juices, blue-green algae, etc. A dog is likely to eat this kind of preparation over kibble.

Consider moisture content versus the price. Most canned dog foods contain as much as 80% moisture.  Meanwhile, dry foods contain as little as 6%. Remember that food is priced by the pound. When you buy canned foods with 80% moisture, it means 80% of what you’re buying is just water. This also means that you’re paying the full price and your pet will only be eating 20% food and 80% water.

Dogs need vitamins and minerals, too. You heard it right. Even dogs have daily vitamin and mineral requirements. Most premium types of dog food preparations contain essential fatty acids, carbohydrates with adequate fiber contents, and vitamins like A, D, E, and B complex vitamins. Moreover, dogs also need their dose of zinc and calcium. They need zinc for healthy skin, and calcium for bone growth and muscle tone. Taurine, an amino acid, is essential for healthy eyes and heart. Thiamine or vitamin B1, found in plants, fruit, vegetables, milk, and meat, maintains the normal function of the nervous system and is necessary for normal growth and development.

Feed your dog based on his/her diet. Some dogs are vegetarians. Some aren’t. If your canine is vegetarian, you may want to feed your pet beet pulp, pasta, wheat middling, and food with soy bean oil.  It is also recommended to give your pet food rich in calcium carbonate, magnesium oxide, copper sulfate, iron sulfate, zinc oxide, and choline chloride. For the non-vegetarians, raw egg, chicken, beef, mutton, fish, and quail are recommended.

Dogs with food allergies require a special diet. You wouldn’t want to see your dog suffering from food allergies, right?  So it’s important to understand the ingredients of your dog’s food items especially if the dog is allergic to certain types of foods. Vets usually recommend substituting a protein source that your dog doesn’t normally eat.  The most common offenders are beef and chicken. For such cases, vets recommend lamb as dog food since it’s not a common food ingredient.

So if you really love your dog, next time you buy something from the store, take time to read the label!

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Three Essentials for Puppy Potty Training

When you bring home a new puppy, you want to be sure that potty training is as fast, easy, and painless as possible. By keeping in mind these three essentials, you can be sure that your pup transitions into proper elimination without hassle or too much difficulty:

Crate

If used properly, their crate, or den, can become their favorite spot in the house and it helps control toileting because dogs will not use their crates as a bathroom. However, you have to pay attention to the size of your dog’s crate. Make sure it’s large enough for your dog to stand, turn around, and lay down in comfortably but not so large that they can use a corner as a bathroom. Where you put the crate is equally as important. Dogs are very social and want to be part of the family activity. The crate should be in a bright area of the home where people are.

Diet

Your puppy’s diet is also very important in housebreaking your dog. A good premium food (no fillers, additives) will provide the nutrients your growing dog needs while ensuring their toileting isn’t compromised. Dry kibble is best, but you can use a little wet food every now and then. Be sure to feed your dog at the same time every day to control potty habits.

You

Be supportive, active, and encouraging with your pup. This is a new and exciting time for the both of you. Use potty training best practices and soon the transition will be over!

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