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Can dogs eat onions?

Posted on | April 8, 2012 | No Comments

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT. I’m going to make this one very clear, Dogs can NOT eat onions. They contain thiosulphate which is a chemical that is very toxic to dogs. This can lead to your dog developing a condition called Haemolytic Anaemia which will cause red blood cells in your dog to burst as they circulate throughout the dog’s body.

You will typically start to see symptoms in just a matter of days after the initial feeding of onions or garlic. These symptoms may include fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, and breathlessness. If you see any of these symptoms in your pet after he or she eats onions or garlic, I recommend you take your beloved friend to a veterinarian as soon as you can.

If you completely ignored the above just to get the answer to ‘Can dogs eat onions’ down here, I suggest you read the rest to find out how bad they are for your dog. Absolutely no type of onion or garlic should be given to your dog, including cooked and uncooked.

 

Can dogs eat cinnamon

Posted on | April 8, 2012 | No Comments

This tasteful spice is all over the place, spicing up your life and perhaps even your dog’s. I’m writing about cinnamon today. Whilst it is found in various dog treats, you could assume that cinnamon is safe for dogs, BUT there have been reports in some cases where cinnamon made a dog very sick. You should note that in many of these cases the dog owner was very ignorant and just fed the dog handfuls of cinnamon.

Chances are if you’re just sprinkling a tiny bit of cinnamon on your dogs food to spice up his or her life then yes, dogs can eat cinnamon. If you are still unsure, don’t give your dog the cinnamon. Cinnamon is definitely not one of those foods where it’s either safe or it isn’t. Just make sure if you are going to give it to your dog, it’s a little bit of it.

Can dogs eat asparagus

Posted on | April 1, 2012 | 1 Comment

Yes, dogs can eat asparagus. This is going to be a quick one so I’ll just tell you about its benefits and potential side effects.  You may or may not know that asparagus contains vitamins A, B, AND C so you’re getting some nutrients to your beloved friend. As you know apples provide fiber to your dog but asparagus is also a good source of fiber.

Alright now that we know about the benefits of giving asparagus to dogs, let’s talk about the potential side effects. There have been reports of very stinky gas, green colored poo, and even in a rare case diarrhea, although most owners do not report any side effects. If you would like to give your dog asparagus, I recommend giving a bit at a time to see how your dog reacts to it.

Can dogs eat peanut butter

Posted on | March 31, 2012 | No Comments

Can dogs eat peanut butter? YES! This one is my favorite since watching a dog eat peanut butter is just hilarious! I found a video on YouTube of a little pup eating peanut butter and I loved it! I’ll go ahead and post the video at the end of this article so if you want to see that (quite entertaining seeing the dog’s reaction) go ahead and skip to the bottom, I won’t mind.

Alright so now let’s talk about why peanut butter may be a good choice for dogs. Have you ever had to give your dog pills just to spend minutes or hours trying to convince your dog to take them? Well I have good news, covering your dog’s pills in peanut butter is an excellent way to get your dog to take them even though it is a bit deceptive. Many dogs, including mine LOVE peanut butter so it’s a GREAT way to offer your dog a reward during training or for a good deed.

Another reason why peanut butter comes in useful is for your, and your dog’s entertainment. When you finish a peanut butter jar, don’t just toss it in the trash, let your dog nibble on the remains, it’s less wasteful and just HILARIOUS to watch, especially when they try to get down to the bottom of it. Alright, enough chatter, let’s get to the video, which also answers the question Can puppies eat peanut butter, in case you were wondering that.

What can dogs eat? A message from our readers!

Posted on | March 27, 2012 | No Comments

So I just received this email two days ago, with the permission of the sender I have posted this email here today so that you guys can see an example of a routine that this person has with his labradore. According to him, dogs can eat raw chicken caucuses, cod liver oil, lamb bones, dried food, mackerel, apples and drink milk. Now I’d have to stress that this is for an 8 year old labradore, not a newborn puppy, you should always take certain precautions when dealing with puppies such as not giving them raw chicken and staying away from milk.
We haven’t discussed taking your dog out for a walk or exercising but that will be a future topic of discussion so look forward to that. Hopefully you find this email helpful because I sure did. Also note, if you guys have anything to contribute, feel free to use the contact form to submit your thoughts, opinions, or even just say hello!

I like the layout of this page on all topics as it is straight forwared, speaking as you think and to the point which is what I like. I have an 8 year old labradore as I feed him raw chicken carcuses, cod liver oil, milk sometimes, lamb bones, dried food, mackeal, pollock and apples. I am going to decied to stop giving him treats and give him what I feed him already. I take him out for a walk around for about 45-hr walk round the park and in then in my alotment. He is a great house dog as I look after him and he looks after me. This easy read format is great on the website, can I have more of speaking as you type and then read. Are there any questions I could answer so I can learn more?

This email is only to be used as a reference. The senders name will not be given out to protect his/her privacy rights.

Can dogs eat honey

Posted on | March 27, 2012 | No Comments

Ah, that gooey yellow thick substance we all come to love…yes…honey. We know that we can eat honey but what we want to know is, Can dogs eat honey?

I’ve been researching this topic for quite a while now and I’ll let you know right now that there are mixed opinions on this issue. Many people have reported that their dog eats a tiny bit of honey now and then for a treat but it is not such a good idea because of the high sugar content.

The second opinion I have read was that grown dogs can eat honey but puppies can NOT eat honey. Personally I’m not sure of the validity of this one but I’m a firm believer that you should NOT give a puppy anything you’re unsure of because you do not want to take chances during the development process of your beloved friend.

Now if you want to give honey to your dog, that decision is totally up to you however my advisement would be that if your dog is still a puppy, do NOT give your dog honey. If you’re going to give your grown dog honey, I would suggest you keep it to a small amount, perhaps a teaspoon? If you do give your dog honey, please feel free to let us know in the comments below, Thanks!

What NOT to give dogs

Posted on | March 27, 2012 | No Comments

Here’s a quick list of what dogs can not eat. I will update this list as often as I can and as often as I find new foods. Feel free to leave a comment with any other foods you think dogs should not eat.

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes
  • Avocado
  • Anything with caffeine
  • Raisins
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Raw eggs and meat
  • Raw Fish
  • Dairy products (Most dogs are lactose intolerant)

Note: This list is not finished, do not assume any foods not on this list are safe.

Can dogs eat shrimp

Posted on | March 26, 2012 | 2 Comments

Let’s jump right into this one since I have already talked about it when I answered your questions about dogs eating fish. Yes dogs can eat shrimp IF and ONLY IF they are de-shelled, prepared, and not in larger amounts. A few SMALL shrimp may be fine for your dog. You should stay away from larger and shelled shrimp.

If you do not prepare the shrimp you run the risk of giving your dog a terrible illness or food poisoning. You wouldn’t eat raw shrimp yourself would you? The same logic applies to your dog. A great way to prepare shrimp for your dog may be to de-shell them and then boil them or even steam them until they’re cooked and ready to be eaten. Just like any other “human food” that dogs can eat, you should never feed them to your dog often or in large quantities. They’re fine for a snack or a treat every now and then but it shouldn’t become a regular meal for your dog.

So, Can dogs eat shrimp? Yes dogs can eat shrimp as long as you follow the procedures I have listed above which are de-shell and prepare the shrimp. Also make sure that they are smaller ones. Preparation is key in this case so I would take some extra time doing that.

Is milk bad for dogs

Posted on | March 25, 2012 | No Comments

So I get asked this question quite often, I did go over it in the last post but I think I’ll talk about it shortly in this post. Milk is not bad for dogs however most dogs are lactose intolerant so their tummies won’t be able to break down the lactose or milk sugar. This doesn’t mean you should give milk to your dog but chances are milk won’t go to the extreme of killing your dog. Lots of people give milk to their dogs and you may often hear that milk is bad for dogs but they’re simply referring to the side-effects you may notice such as a stomach ache or diarrhea.

If you do decide you want to take chances and give you dog milk, I recommend not giving the milk to puppies or elderly dogs and only give your dog a TINY bit. My friend gives his dog milk every now and then as a treat but only in tiny amounts. Personally I stick to water with my dog and that’s what I think you should as well.

Can dogs drink milk

Posted on | March 24, 2012 | No Comments

Ah, that creamy white drink that we are all used to drink from infancy. Yes you guessed it, today’s topic is milk. With cereal, cookies, or even in a plain glass, we are used to consuming tremendous quantities of milk through the course of our life, but the question that lies here today is Can dogs drink milk?

You may remember from when I talked about cheese, that most dogs are lactose intolerant. This doesn’t mean milk will kill them, it means that they have a harder time breaking down milk just like some of us. There are some dogs that are NOT lactose intolerant and they might be fine drinking a bit of milk every now and then. Even if your dog is lactose intolerant, they may be fine as well drinking just a tiny bit of milk as a treat unless it is a puppy. If you dog is still a puppy, do not feed him or her milk. It’s never a good idea to do experimenting at such a young age. The same goes with if your dog is a senior.

Diarrhea in dogs is a problem and milk may be the cause in many cases. You are aware that milk isn’t too great for your dog so giving it to your dog may result in diarrhea because your dog’s stomach cannot break down the lactose.  I’m sure you would not want to deal with a dog with diarrhea, especially with your busy schedule. If you’d prefer to stay on the safe side, the best alternative is giving your dog water to drink.

The specific milk I have talked about in this article was cow milk. I have heard in some cases that people give their dogs goat milk because it is easier to digest than dog milk. Whether you give your dog milk or not is totally up to you but the safer side of things would be sticking with water. This is one of those things where Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. So yes, dogs can drink milk, preferably goat milk, but it can come with bad side effects.

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