Everytime I sit to eat, one could only guess who's staring up at me? With big round eyes, little tail wagging and sad pout that's so pitiful. Okay, so yes...my fur baby is spoiled! Very spoiled, but she is my baby! So, what human foods can you safely feed your fur babies? What are harmful and toxic and what are wholesome and healthy?
1. Peanut Butter - just read the ingredients and make sure it doesn't have 'xylitol' in it. Xylitol can cause rapid drop of blood sugar!
2. Cheese - in moderation (very small amounts) because cheese is high in fat. Make sure to observe your dogs reaction for lactose intolerance symptoms. (Opt for low or reduced fat).
3. Salmon - great for their coat and immune system.
4. Cooked Chicken and Turkey - remove the skin! Makes a great tasty protein snack.
5. Baby Carrots - low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins.
6. Green beans (not from a can because of salt) - Lots of iron and vitamins.
7. Strawberries - a natural sweet & yummy snack!
8. Oranges - in moderation (high in sugar)
9. Blueberries - rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants & fibers.
10. Pineapples - delicious and nutritious.
11. Broccoli - make sure its cooked (not raw)
12. Sweet potatoes - high in fiber and vitamins! Also great dehydrated for a fun chewy treat.
13. Raspberries - only 3-4 at a time to keep them from a tummy ache.
14. Eggs - make sure its cooked. Great protein boost.
15. Pumpkin - Good for both diarrhea and constipation. Too much can be toxic, but a couple of teaspoons is fine.
16. Yogurt - high in calcium and protein. Make sure there is no added sugars. Yogurt w/ active bacteria is good for your dog's digestive system.
17. Oatmeal - cook and do not add any sugars.
18. Apple slices - helps clean their teeth! Good source of fiber & vitamins. Make sure to take the seeds and core out, they could easily choke on them.
19. Bananas - in moderation, good source of potassium and vitamins. Should be only as a small treat.
20. Watermelon - delicious treat for your dog. Make sure to remove any seeds.
21. Celery - cut in small pieces. In moderation, can make them urinate more than normal.
22. Pears - safe and a good snack!
1. Grapes and Raisins - TOXIC TO DOGS! Can cause kidney failure to any breed, any age or gender. As small as just one grape can be fatal.
2. Candy/Gum - no! Can cause blood sugar to drop and liver failure.
3. Coffee, Tea and Coke - although it won't kill them if sneak into yours, caffeine is not good for dogs.
4. Onions & Garlic - can destroy red blood cells causing anemia.
5. Macadamia Nuts - can cause weakness and depression in dogs,
6. Chocolate - in large amounts, chocolate can kill your dog.
7. Milk & other dairy - while some dogs can handle milk, a lot of dogs will experience gas, diarrhea and vomiting.
8. Fat trimmings - dangerous and can cause pancreatitis.
9. Sugary foods - can cause drop in blood sugar and cause liver failure.
10. Peaches & plums - can cause inflammation in small intestine and cause intestinal obstruction (plums could be safe, but can not eat the pit, will cause infection. The risk outweighs it for me)
11. Bacon - can cause pancreatitis and that could be fatal.
12. Salt - salty foods should be avoided. Can cause extreme thirst & lead to sodium ion poisoning.
13. Mushrooms - so many are considered toxic, so don't chance it.
14. Cherries - can cause intestinal obstruction.
If you feel your dog has eaten something harmful, call the ASPCA (Animal Poison Control) hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week @ 888-426-4435.
"Every once in a while, a dog enters your life and changes everything"
Below is a couple of pictures of my playful fur baby, Portia Ann. So silly & funny; always makes me smile even when I'm having a bad day!