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Dos and Don’ts of Dog Food

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A lot everyday human food that we consume may not be suitable for your four legged best friend. But not all human food is bad for your dog.

 

We have compiled a list of 3 food items that your pet can eat, and 3 food items that you NEED to keep them away from.

 

Not Harmful:

 

 

  • Peanut Butter:  Yup! Your favorite spread can also be occasionally enjoyed by your best friend. Peanut butter can be a treat for your dog; just make sure it is unsalted and doesn’t contain xylitol.
     
  • Chicken: Your dog’s protein requirement can be supplemented with cooked and unflavoured or unseasoned chicken. It also makes a good replacement for dog food.
  • Green beans: Nutritious and low in calories, green beans are a good choice that will load dogs up with iron and vitamins. Make sure to feed your dog only fresh beans or canned ones with no added salt.
  • Salmon: Dogs can benefit from omega 3 fatty acids too, so slip some cooked salmon into the food bowl for a healthier, shinier coat.
  • Carrots: This vegetable is low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins. Plus, crunching on carrots can be good for dogs’ teeth.

 

 

Harmful:

 

  • Chocolate: Your most favorite thing in the world is a BIG NO when it comes to  your dog. Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, seizures and even death. This is because it contains methylxanthines, which are stimulants that stop a dog’s metabolic process.
     
  • Avocado: Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark contain a toxin called persin that can cause upset stomach and breathing difficulties.
  • Cinnamon – No. Cinnamon and its oils can irritate the inside of pets’ mouths, making them uncomfortable and sick. It can lower a dog’s blood sugar too much and can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, increased, or decreased heart rate and even liver disease. If they inhale it in powder form, cinnamon can cause difficulty breathing, coughing, and choking.
  • Almonds – No. Almonds may not necessarily be toxic to dogs like pecans, walnuts and macadamia nuts are, but they can block the esophagus or even tear the windpipe if not chewed completely. Salted almonds are especially dangerous because they can increase water retention, which is potentially fatal to dogs prone to heart disease.
     
  • Onions: They may make you cry, but they can make your dog very sick by causing damage to his red blood cells.

 

 

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