Pet Wellbeing Foods your pet should never eat!
With Thanksgiving upon us we are all thinking about food, and I do think that our pets can take part in the celebrations just the right things—lean turkey, white meat, no skin is fine for those with out food allergies. Some homemade dog snacks are also a good idea—tomorrow’s post will have some of my favourite recipes! I am a fan of a good, well balanced homemade diet and giving our pets real food, but there are some foods that we eat that should not end up in the dog bowl. Here are a few common foods that are not good for your dog or cat.
Avocados—should not be given to dogs or cats because they contain a substance called persin. It is harmless to humans but not dogs. This substance is in the leaves, seed and bark of the avocado plant as well as the fruit.
Alcohol—this should be self explanatory! Alcohol, even a little can be toxic to pets and cause vomiting, diarrhea, co-ordination issues, breathing problems, coma and death. The smaller the pet, the greater the effect.
Onions—these can cause a problem with the dog or cat’s red blood cells. Raw, dehydrated, or powdered onions even in small amounts can cause problems. Garlic in large amounts can cause the same problem, however in small amounts, garlic is okay for pets.
Caffeine of any kind—coffee, tea, chocolate or colas or anything else with caffeine should be off the table for pets. It can cause restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, seizures, and bleeding. There is no antidote for caffeine poisoning.
Grapes and raisin—these have been known to cause kidney failure in dogs.
Milk—this often causes diarrhea in dogs, although cats may tolerate it better. Milk is a frequent allergy for dogs, so should be avoided.
Macadamia nuts—even just a few of these can be fatal to a dog. Symptoms include muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, elevated body temperature, and rapid heart rate. If a pet eats a chocolate cookie with macadamia nuts, that will make the symptoms worse.
Candy and gum—particularly sugarless as it is sweetened with xylitol that can cause liver failure.
Chocolate— Most people know this is toxic to dogs and cats. Chocolate contains theobromine that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, abnormal heart rhythm and death.
Peaches, plums and persimmons—the problem with these is the pits. Dogs swallow them and they can become lodged in their small intestine. Best to just avoid these.
Cooked bones and fat—these can cause lots of digestive upsets, so don’t give these to your pet.
Raw eggs—these can bind vitamins. Eggs are fine, just cook them.
Yeast dough—Before baking bread dough needs to rise and if your dog eats this, it will rise in his stomach causing bloating and severe discomfort.
If you want to give your dog a healthy snack avoid the above, but do give raw veggies ( carrots, cucumbers, celery) and fruits without seeds or skin or a nice homemade dog treat!
25.11.2014 at 11:31
For those of you in the U.S. Thanksgiving is this week. Later this week I will post some holiday recipes for your pet but here are a few holiday tips for you and your fur kids.
Holidays are tiring, particularly for your dog or cat. From the point of view of your pet, holidays can be a pain, exhausting, or exciting! Some pets thrive on the noise, excitement and food of holidays whereas others would rather hide and wish that nothing like this would ever happen again.
Here are a few suggestions for the pets in your life and the holidays.
Remember that even very tolerant dogs need to have supervision with visiting children. Holidays can be stressful and the children and dogs feel it most. If your pet is not tolerant of children and some are visiting be sure to monitor their interactions and provide your pet with an escape route-- a safe place where he or she can chill.
Be mindful of well meaning visitor who feed your pet. Your pet could end up with vomiting or diarrhea due to a diet change or indulgence. It is up to you to make sure that your pet does not get too many snacks or you will be cleaning the rug later. I posted some great treats you can give your pet for Thanksgiving--try some of those. Gizzards, sweet potatoes and lean turkey ( all in moderation) are a great snack for pets.
Watch your pet’s body language. If your cat is continuously switching his tail at your company , separate them unless you want to spend Thanksgiving evening in the emergency room treating a cat bite! Dogs that yawn, lick their lips and turn their heads away can be showing stress signs. Do not ignore these signs either.
Give your pet a quiet spot to call his own. If your dog feels safe in a crate or with his leash on , or by himself in the bedroom, let him be. Give your dog a special treat and put him into a safe place with some soft music. Everyone should enjoy the holidays, including the pets.