Our dogs are valuable family members that not only bring us joy, but also make us worry about their well-being. As tempted as we can be, we know that we should not share everything with our beloved pets, especially when it comes to the food we eat. Our pets’ anatomies are drastically different than the human body’s, and because of that, their diets should be closely monitored. Of course, there are some common foods we know we cannot give our dogs, such as chocolate, but there is a whole list of substances, fruits, and vegetables that should not make its way to our dogs’ menus.
Foods you can give your dog
Fruits – apples, blueberries, bananas, cantaloupe, kiwis, mangoes, peaches, pears, pineapples
Vegetables – carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cooked potatoes (without skins)
Animal produce and processed goods – honey, chicken, eggs, cheese (in moderation), peanut butter, yogurt
Grains – rice, oatmeal
Foods you should never give to your dog
Fruits – avocados, macadamia nuts, pits and seeds from fruits, grapes, raisins, rhubarb, walnuts
Vegetables – garlic, raw mushrooms, raw potatoes, potato skins
Animal produce and processed goods – alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, coffee, gum, fat trimmings, tea, yeast, and dough
What to do in case of poisoning
The most common signs of poisoning to look out for are diarrhea, foaming at the mouth, gagging and vomiting. In case your dog exhibits one or more of these symptoms, call your veterinarian immediately and do the following:
- Try to identify what your dog ingested, how much, and how much time has passed
- Bring the product packaging with you for reference
- Collect whatever your pet may have chewed or vomited, place it in a bag, and take it with you to the vet
Holistic Hound is located in Berkeley and specializes in the holistic treatment of dogs and cats at every stage of their life.