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Can I Give My Dog….? July 25, 2011

Filed under: Dogs — garymavis @ 8:58 am

I have a 3 years old Miniature Schnauzer and taking care of her is like taking care of a real baby. A lot of times I always ask myself or other prfessionals on ” Can I give my dog xxx?” I am sure newbie dog owners like me will have the same question too. Here is a list of human food and human prescriptions which you CAN feed and NOT TO feed to your beloved dogs which may be helpful for you on raising your dog. =)

FOOD AND PRESCRIPTIONS WITH A BIG NO

Can I give my dog acetaminophen? NO

Acetaminophen is a human medication found in many over-the-counter preparations; which includes Tylenol, a number of cold, flu, and sinus remedies, as well as some prescription pain medications. In dogs, acetaminophen destroys red blood cells leading to anemia as well as severe irreversible liver damage, and may lead to death if untreated.
Can I give my dog toothpaste? NO

When you brush your dog’s teeth, use toothpaste formulated for dogs. Human toothpaste may contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Call your veterinarian or the Poison Control Center immediately if you suspect that your dog has eaten your toothpaste, since some poisonings require antidotes or supportive treatment.

Can I give my dog Aleve? NO

Aleve (naproxen), an NSAID, is an over-the-counter medication used to treat fever, pain and inflammation in humans. In dogs, NSAIDs can cause ulcers in the digestive tract which can progress to bleeding, as well as liver or kidney damage, or even death.

Can I give my dog avocado? NO

Avocado contains the chemical persin, which typically causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, but may lead to fluid accumulation in the abdomen (bloating), lungs (difficulty breathing) and around the heart (decreased heart rate) and possibly death. Since this chemical is found in every part of the plant and fruit, and it is unknown how much persin causes toxicity in dogs, your dog should never be given any part of an avocado.

Can I give my dog chocolate? NO

Chocolate contains large amounts of the methylxanthines theobromine and caffeine, which are central nervous system (CNS) stimulants. When chocolate is ingested in significant amounts, vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, urination, hyperactivity, and in severe cases, increased heart rate and abnormal heart rhythm, increased blood pressure, tremors and seizures can occur.
Can I give my dog chicken bones? NO

Chicken and turkey bones are very dangerous, and should never be given to dogs. They are fragile and splinter easily, and pieces can lodge in the mouth, throat, or digestive tract, requiring surgical removal; or cut the soft tissues of the digestive tract causing bleeding.

Can I give my dog cold medicine? NO

Human cold medicine may contain acetaminophen and pseudoephedrine. Both are toxic to dogs, and should never be given. Call your veterinarian or the Poison Control Center immediately if you suspect that your dog has eaten your medication, since some poisonings require antidotes or supportive treatment.

Can I give my dog cough medicine? NO

Human cough medicine may contain acetaminophen (Tylenol) and pseudoephedrine (Sudafed). Both are toxic to dogs, and should never be given. Call your veterinarian or the Poison Control Center immediately if you suspect that your dog has eaten your medication, since some poisonings require antidotes or supportive treatment.

Can I give my dog cough syrup? NO

Human cough syrup may contain acetaminophen (Tylenol) and pseudoephedrine (Sudafed). Both are toxic to dogs, and should never be given. Call your veterinarian or the Poison Control Center immediately if you suspect that your dog has eaten your medication, since some poisonings require antidotes or supportive treatment.

Can I give my dog cranberry juice? NO

Cranberry juice is a popular and effective home remedy for the treatment of urinary tract infections when taken along with a prescription antibiotic. A chemical in the cranberry prevents bacteria from adhering to the wall of the bladder. While drinking cranberry juice is a good choice for humans, dogs should not drink cranberry juice. However, dogs may be given small amounts of cranberries; large amounts can cause diarrhea, and increase bleeding time. If you suspect that your dog has a urinary tract infection, it is important that the underlying cause is identified and that your pet receives the appropriate antibiotic from your veterinarian. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

Can I give my dog grapes? NO

Only seven grapes can be toxic to dogs, causing kidney failure, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy, weakness, and decreased urine output. Scientists have not identified the substance in grapes and raisins responsible for kidney damage. One review of medical cases found that only a little more than fifty percent of the dogs survived following grape and raisin ingestion which resulted in severe kidney failure.

Can I give my dog green tea? NO

Green tea contains caffeine, a CNS stimulant similar to theobromine in chocolate, which is toxic for dogs. Vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, urination, hyperactivity, and in severe cases, increased heart rate and abnormal heart rhythm, increased blood pressure, tremors and seizures can occur when a dog ingests caffeine in large amounts. Green tea has antibacterial properties, and can be used as an astringent compress to help minor moist sores to dry out and heal. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

Can I give my dog Darvocet? NO

Darvocet contains propoxyphene napsylate and acetaminophen, which is toxic to dogs and should never be given. Call your veterinarian or the Poison Control Center immediately if you suspect that your dog has eaten your medication, since some poisonings require antidotes or supportive treatment.

Can I give my dog Dimetapp? NO

Dimetapp contains pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine, which will increase your dog’s blood pressure, and should never be given to dogs. Call your veterinarian or the Poison Control Center immediately if you suspect that your dog has eaten your medication, since some poisonings require antidotes or supportive treatment.

Can I give my dog grapes? NO

Only seven grapes can be toxic to dogs, causing kidney failure, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy, weakness, and decreased urine output. Scientists have not identified the substance in grapes and raisins responsible for kidney damage. One review of medical cases found that only a little more than fifty percent of the dogs survived following grape and raisin ingestion which resulted in severe kidney failure.

Can I give my dog green tea? NO

Green tea contains caffeine, a CNS stimulant similar to theobromine in chocolate, which is toxic for dogs. Vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, urination, hyperactivity, and in severe cases, increased heart rate and abnormal heart rhythm, increased blood pressure, tremors and seizures can occur when a dog ingests caffeine in large amounts. Green tea has antibacterial properties, and can be used as an astringent compress to help minor moist sores to dry out and heal. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

Can I give my dog ice cream? NO Dogs lack the enzyme necessary to digest lactose in dairy products, which may cause bloating, gas, or diarrhea. This reaction will vary among dogs. Ice cream also has a very high fat content, and including too much in your dog’s diet can lead to pancreatitis, a serious condition requiring prompt medical treatment. Just like people, some dogs may not be able to tolerate certain foods in their diet.  Some retail locations serve dogs soft serve ice cream, which is 35% to 45% air and has much less dairy in the product.

Can I give my dog laxatives? NO

Human laxatives will cause diarrhea in dogs. To prevent or treat constipation, you can add bran, one teaspoon of canned pumpkin (not the spiced pumpkin for pies), vegetables, or small amounts of olive oil to your dog’s food. Psyllium can also be given; ½ – 2 teaspoons (depending on the size of your dog) mixed in broth or water once or twice a day. Avoid giving psyllium if your dog is dehydrated. Always be sure your dog has plenty of fresh water available throughout the day.

Can I give my dog onions? NO

Dogs lack the enzyme needed to break down thiosulphate, which is found in both onions and garlic. The ingestion of large amounts of onions can result in gas, vomiting, diarrhea or severe gastrointestinal distress; and can also lead to the formation of Heinz bodies on the surface of red blood cells which are then destroyed by the body. This causes a severe hemolytic anemia; and there is also an increased risk for the development of blood clotting abnormalities. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

Can I give my dog raisins? NO

Only seven grapes can be toxic to dogs, causing kidney failure, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy, weakness, and decreased urine output. Scientists have not identified the substance present on grape and raisins responsible for kidney damage. One review of medical cases found that only a little more than fifty percent of the dogs survived following grape and raisin ingestion which resulted in severe kidney failure (Eubig, 2005).

Can I give my dog Oxycodone? NO

Oxycodone is a potent CNS suppressant that will decrease your dog’s heart and respiratory rate resulting in death. Call your veterinarian or the Poison Control Center immediately if you suspect that your dog has eaten your medication, since some poisonings require antidotes or supportive treatment.

Can I give my dog nutmeg? NO

High levels of nutmeg can be toxic or even fatal to dogs. Scientists have not identified the component of nutmeg responsible for the toxic effects. Signs of toxicity include tremors, seizures, central nervous system abnormalities, or death.

Can I give my dog zinc? NO

Zinc, a heavy metal, is the 9th most common cause of dog poisonings in 2008. Zinc is necessary for a normal immune system, and the formation of red blood cells. Zinc helps maintain normal blood sugar levels in diabetic dogs, is used to treat skin conditions and to aid wound healing. Excess zinc levels can lead to pancreatitis, or toxicity. Zinc toxicity is usually seen in puppies that are known for eating everything in sight. Especially dangerous are pennies minted after 1982; zinc toxicity can result from the ingestion of only three pennies. When the copper coating of the penny is broken, the zinc core is rapidly absorbed into the dog’s system. Transport crates can have high zinc levels, and you should try to prevent your dog from licking or chewing on the wires. Signs of zinc toxicity are decreased appetite, diarrhea and vomiting, and weakness that can progress to kidney failure. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

Can I give my dog nuts? NOT ADVISABLE

Most nuts can be given as an occasional treat, and dogs absolutely love peanut butter. Nuts have a very high fat content and are usually highly salted; both are not good for dogs. High fat can result in pancreatitis, and there is a salt overload condition that can cause serious health problems for dogs. You also need to be careful with the size of the nut, since some dogs will swallow the nut whole which can cause a blockage within the digestive tract.

Important note: Macadamia nuts are an exception: as few as six to 40 macadamia nuts have caused severe toxic effects in dogs. Signs of toxicity are weakness, abdominal pain, and vomiting. The dog will not be able to walk, their temperature will increase, you may see tremors, and depression. The symptoms usually begin within 12 hours after ingestion and will usually subside within 48 hours. The component of macadamia nuts that is responsible for the toxic effects has not yet been identified by scientists. Signs of toxicity usually go away on their own in 12 to 24 hours.

Can I give my dog pig ears?NOT ADVISABLE

Pig ears can be a safe alternative to bones, and most dogs find them irresistible. However, some studies have found that pig ears may be contaminated with bacteria, and the bacteria may be resistant to antibiotics. Pig ears are also high in fat, which can lead to the development of pancreatitis, a severe illness requiring prompt medical treatment. You should always wash your hands after handling pig ears.

Can I give my dog bones? NOT ADVISABLE

Bones can cause a multitude of problems for dogs. Rib bones can splinter and lodge in the mouth, throat, or digestive tract, requiring surgical removal; or cut the soft tissues of the digestive tract causing bleeding. Larger bones can bruise the soft tissues of the mouth and fracture teeth. Bones are basically indigestible; your dog can shave off tiny pieces which will then accumulate in their stomach or intestines, causing constipation or even forming a mass that your dog cannot pass. Small round marrow bones can lodge in a dog’s throat and cause asphyxiation, while larger ones can get stuck around a dog’s lower jaw. Raw bones are less likely to splinter, but the danger still exists.

Can I give my dog cheese? NOT ADVISABLE

Dogs lack the enzyme necessary to digest lactose in dairy products, which may lead to bloating, gas, or diarrhea. This reaction will vary among dogs. Cheese also has a very high fat content, and including too much in your dog’s diet can lead to pancreatitis, a serious illness that requires prompt medical treatment. However, most dogs absolutely love cheese, and small amounts are usually well tolerated. If your dog has never eaten cheese before, give only small pieces at first to prevent digestive upset. Just like people, some dogs may not be able to tolerate certain foods in their diet.

Can I give my dog enteric aspirin? NOT ADVISABLE

A dog’s digestive tract is shorter than a human’s, and the enteric coating doesn’t have a chance to dissolve. An enteric coated pill will be excreted before being any medication is absorbed.

Can I give my dog vitamin C? NOT RECOMMENDED
Dogs manufacture vitamin C in their livers and should not require vitamin C supplementation, unless under stress. Too much vitamin C intake can irritate the stomach causing bloating or diarrhea, and excessive amounts can also lead to the formation of kidney stones. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

FOOD AND PRESCRIPTIONS WITH YES!!!

Can I give my dog Amoxicillin? YES

Amoxicillin is an antibiotic prescribed by veterinarians to treat specific infections in dogs. While your dog may have been given amoxicillin in the past by your veterinarian, this medication may not be the appropriate treatment for their current illness.

Can I give my dog aspirin? YES

Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory (NSAID) prescribed by veterinarians to treat arthritis and pain in dogs. While your dog may have been given aspirin in the past by your veterinarian, this medication may not be the appropriate treatment for their current illness. In dogs, NSAIDs can cause ulcers in the digestive tract which can progress to bleeding, as well as liver or kidney damage, or even death.

Can I give my dog bananas? YES

Bananas are a safe and healthy treat you can give your dog, and may be given fresh, added to baked homemade dog treats, or as dried banana chips (avoid chips with preservatives). If your dog has never eaten bananas before, give only small pieces at first to prevent digestive upset. Just like people, some dogs may not be able to tolerate certain foods in their diet.

Can I give my dog Benadryl? YES

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine prescribed by veterinarians to treat allergy symptoms in dogs. While your dog may have been given Benadryl in the past by your veterinarian, this medication may not be the appropriate treatment for their current illness.

Can I give my dog carrots? YES

Carrots are a healthy addition to your dog’s diet, containing beta carotene and antioxidants. Carrots can also be used as a chewie, but you will need to be sure that your dog doesn’t bite off a big chunk, try to swallow it, and choke. Carrots may be given fresh, added to baked homemade dog treats, or diced and cooked, and added to your dog’s dinner. Fruits and vegetables can make up 10-30% of a dog’s diet. If your dog has never eaten carrots before, give only small pieces at first to prevent digestive upset. Just like people, some dogs may not be able to tolerate certain foods in their diet.

Can I give my dog Dramamine?YES

Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) is prescribed by veterinarians to treat motion sickness in dogs. While your dog may have been given Dramamine in the past by your veterinarian, this medication may not be the appropriate treatment for their current illness.

Can I give my dog eggs?YES

Eggs are easy to digest and are an excellent source of protein, containing all of the essential amino acids. Protein should equal 30-60% of your dog’s total diet. Dogs usually don’t have high cholesterol problems, so feeding egg yolks is all right. If your dog is overweight, you can give him just the egg white. Cooked eggs can be mashed up and added to your dog’s food, or used as an ingredient for baked homemade dog treats. Raw eggs should not be given to dogs, since bacterial contamination is a possibility. Raw eggs also contain a chemical that interferes with the absorption and use of the B vitamin biotin. Biotin deficiency will affect a dog’s skin and coat health. If your dog has never eaten eggs before, give only small pieces at first to prevent digestive upset. Just like people, some dogs may not be able to tolerate certain foods in their diet.

Can I give my dog evening primrose oil?YES

Evening primrose oil (EPO) contains gamma linolenic acid, an unsaturated fatty acid, and is used as a nutritional supplement. EPO is good for skin and coat health, allergies, chronic ear infections, skin infections, difficulty healing, digestive disorders, and joint diseases. EPO should never be given to a dog with a seizure disorder. EPO may increase bleeding time and, if given over a long period of time, can cause decreased immunity. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

Can I give my dog fish?YES

Fish is a good source of protein, and is now being used as the base for many commercially-available dog foods. Just as with humans, consumption of freshly caught local fish should be limited to a few times a week in order to avoid the possibility of ingesting high mercury levels. Canned fish is a good alternative to fresh; avoid fish with tiny bones since they can get stuck in your dog’s throat. Avoid giving your dog fish canned in oil, since excess oil may cause diarrhea. As with all new foods, introduce fish gradually into your dog’s diet to avoid digestive upset.

Can I give my dog fish oil?YES

Fish oils are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation. Fish oils are used as supplement to help in the prevention and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and heart and kidney disease. A recent study has determined that fish oil may be helpful as a supplement for aggressive dogs (Re, 2008). All oils add calories and too much can lead to weight gain. Fish oils can cause deficiencies in other nutrients and decreased blood clotting function, and should not be used if dog has heart disease, or a bleeding disorder. Fish liver oils contain large amounts of vitamin A which can lead to toxicity, with the symptoms of loss of appetite and weight loss, constipation, lethargy, limping, increased sensitivity of the neck and front legs, and stiffness. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

Can I give my dog flaxseed?YES

Flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acid and B vitamins, and ground flaxseed may be added in place of oils in the diet. Flaxseed is good for skin and coat health, as a treatment for constipation, and is used to prevent cancer. Flaxseed oil is not as well absorbed as fish oil, and whole flaxseed and flaxseed oil can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. Introduce ground flaxseed slowly into your dog’s diet, with maximum amounts of ½ – 3 teaspoons daily, depending on the size of your dog. Flaxseed may increase bleeding risk, can increase the effect of medications given to treat diabetes, and decrease absorption of oral medications. Excessive amounts of ground flaxseed, and flaxseed oil can result in overdosage. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

Can I give my dog garlic? Yes, in small amounts over a short period of time.

Garlic is widely used as a natural flea and tick repellent and occasionally may even be used as a treatment for heart disease in dogs. Dogs lack the enzyme needed to break down the chemical thiosulphate in garlic, which can cause gas, vomiting, diarrhea or severe gastrointestinal distress. Large amounts of garlic or garlic given over a prolonged period can result in the formation of Heinz bodies on the surface of red blood cells which are then destroyed by the body. This results in a severe hemolytic anemia (Yamato, 2005); and there is also an increased risk for the development of blood clotting abnormalities. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

Can I give my dog ginger?YES

Ginger is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and is used to treat digestive upset, nausea, gas, motion sickness, heart problems, joint inflammation due to arthritic conditions, to reduce fever, and is also effective as an anti-infective, especially against viruses. To make a ginger tea, simmer 2 slices of fresh ginger in a cup of water, add a little honey, and give small amounts before travelling and every two hours while travelling . Ginger can decrease blood sugar levels, and can increase absorption of all oral medications. Too much ginger may cause nausea, especially when given on an empty stomach, and can affect how well blood clots. Do not give to a dog with a gastric ulcer or pregnant dogs, since high ginger intake in humans can lead to miscarriage. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

Can I give my dog glucosamine? YES

Glucosamine is produced naturally in the body, and is necessary for the normal production of cartilage, joint lubrication, and is needed to repair joint damage. Glucosamine supplements are mainly derived from shellfish. Glucosamine has been proven to be as effective as NSAIDs to reduce pain and increase joint mobility in humans. Glucosamine for dogs is a nutritional supplement prescribed by veterinarians to treat arthritis in dogs. While your dog may have been given glucosamine in the past by your veterinarian, this supplement may not be the appropriate treatment for their current illness.

Can I give my dog ground beef?YES

Ground beef is considered a neutral food in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and can be given to your dog along with rice, when they have digestive upset. Brown the ground beef and ensure that it is well-cooked since there may be high bacteria levels in raw meats, and drain the fat from the cooked meat. If your dog has never eaten beef before, introduce it slowly into their diet, since some dogs may not be able to tolerate beef products.

Can I give my dog honey? YES

Honey can be used as a sweetener for baked homemade dog treats. Only give honey in small amounts, since a lot of sugar is not good for dogs and can cause diarrhea. Honey contains small amounts of the botulism toxin, and human babies should not be given honey before their first birthday. For this reason, caution should be used when giving a puppy foods containing honey.

Can I give my dog human vitamins?  YES

During periods of stress, illness, or injury there can increased requirements for certain nutrients. While a dog can be given human vitamins, the dosage will be dependent upon the dog’s weight and health status. Small dogs can be given children’s vitamins, but care must be taken to avoid artificial colorings and possible over-dosage. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

Can I give my dog Kaopectate?YES

Kaopectate (bismuth salicylate) is an over-the-counter human medication prescribed by veterinarians to treat diarrhea and digestive upset in dogs. While your dog may have been given Kaopectate in the past by your veterinarian, this medication may not be the appropriate treatment for their current illness.

Can I give my dog Levaquin?YES

Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic prescribed by veterinarians to treat specific infections in dogs. While your dog may have been given Levaquin in the past by your veterinarian, this medication may not be the appropriate treatment for their current illness. High levels of levaquin can cause heart arrhythmias in dogs.

Can I give my dog liver?YES BUT WITH CONTROLLED INTAKE

Liver is very high in fat and can cause pancreatitis, and high amounts can result in vitamin A toxicity, with the symptoms of loss of appetite and weight loss, constipation, lethargy, limping, increased sensitivity of the neck and front legs, and stiffness. Most dogs love liver, and small amounts can be given as a treat. Introduce any new foods slowly into your dog’s diet, to avoid digestive upset.

Can I give my dog Ativan?YES

Ativan (lorazepam) is a tranquilizer prescribed by veterinarians to treat anxiety in dogs. While your dog may have been given Ativan in the past by your veterinarian, this medication may not be the appropriate treatment for their current illness.

Can I give my dog Maalox? YES WITH CONDITIONS

Maalox (aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, simethicone, and sorbitol) is an over-the-counter human antacid used by veterinarians to treat digestive upset in dogs. While your dog may have been given Maalox in the past by your veterinarian, this medication may not be the appropriate treatment for their current illness. Dogs with kidney or heart disease should never be given Maalox.

Can I give my dog melatonin? YES WITH CONDITIONS

Melatonin is a hormone required for normal brain function and regulation of body rhythms and reproductive cycles. Melatonin is used as a sedative to decrease separation anxiety, to treat fear conditions and firecracker and thunderstorm noise phobias. Melatonin can help induce sleep in pets that won’t settle at night, and to treat elderly pets whose biological clocks are reversed. Melatonin is also an antioxidant, and is used to boost the immune system, prevent and treat cancers, treat hair loss, and cognitive impairment. Melatonin can affect blood sugar levels in diabetic dogs, and alter the heat cycle in female dogs. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

Can I give my dog olive oil? YES

Olive oil can be safely added to your dog’s diet as a nutritional supplement. Olive oil contains unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for skin and coat health and as a treatment for constipation. The amount of oil added depends upon the size of your dog, with maximum amounts equaling 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon daily (Allegretti, 2003). The addition of any oil will increase the number of calories your dog is eating, and too much oil can cause diarrhea in dogs.

Can I give my dog omega 3 fatty acid? YES WITH CONSULTATION FROM THE VET

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and immune response, and to increase survival rate in dogs with cancer or heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are used to treat skin and coat conditions, and can boost the development of healthy nerves and brains in puppies. Studies have shown that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids in older dogs is helpful in preventing and treating cognitive disorders (Taha, 2009). Fish oils are used as a supplement to help in the prevention and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and heart and kidney disease. A recent study has determined that fish oil may be helpful as a supplement for aggressive dogs (Re, 2008). All oils add calories, and too much in a dog’s diet can lead to weight gain and diarrhea. Fish oils can cause deficiencies of other nutrients and decreased blood clotting time, and should not be used if your dog has heart disease or a bleeding disorder. Fish liver oils contain large amounts of vitamin A, which can lead to toxicity. Symptoms of vitamin A toxicity are loss of appetite and weight loss, constipation, lethargy, limping, stiffness, and increased sensitivity of the neck and front legs. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

Can I give my dog pork? YES WITH CONDITIONS

Pork is considered a neutral food in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is a good source of protein. Bacon and ham have too much fat for your dog’s system to handle, which can lead to the development of pancreatitis, a severe illness requiring prompt medical treatment. Never give your dog uncooked pork, since parasites may be present in uncooked meats as well as high bacteria levels.

Can I give my dog rawhides? YES

Rawhides are a good substitute for bones, and will help to keep your dog busy. Imported rawhides may have preservatives and food colorings that can cause allergic reactions and there is also the possibility of bacterial contamination. Be sure that the rawhide is big enough so your dog doesn’t try to swallow it whole, and take the chewie away when it is small enough for your dog to swallow. Problems caused by rawhide chews are usually the result of the dog swallowing a large piece which may cause an intestinal blockage. A good choice are rawhide chews coated with an enzyme to fight plaque build-up on your dog’s teeth. These chews are available through your veterinarian and can also be found in some stores. Always wash your hands after handling rawhide treats.

Can I give my dog raw meat? YES UPON CONDITIONS

Raw meat may be contaminated with E. coli and salmonella. While this bacteria may not cause illness in your dog, it can certainly cause you to become ill. Handling raw meat can lead to cross-contamination with the bacteria, and households with an immune compromised member should not feed raw meat to their dogs. Some dogs should not be given raw meat since their immune system may be compromised. Raw meat should not be given to a therapy dog. If you do decide to give your dog a raw meat diet, you will need to also provide carbohydrates (10-30% of the total diet), as well as calcium supplementation. Check with your veterinarian for the proper amount of calcium to give your dog, and whether there are any other nutrients that you will need to supplement.

Can I give my dog rice? YES

Rice is considered a neutral food in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and cooked rice and most other grains are easily digested by dogs. Rice can be given a part of a bland diet when your dog has digestive upset, along with cooked hamburger that is drained of fat. The amount of carbohydrate in a dog’s diet should be 10-30% of the total diet.

Can I give my dog salmon? YES

Salmon is a good source of dietary protein for your dog. Be sure to completely cook salmon, and never feed raw salmon to your dog. Salmon may have parasites, in the form of flukes, which release a rickettsial organism, Neorickettsia helminthoeca. This organism causes severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and usually results in death of the dog if untreated. This infection can also affect humans. Canned salmon is a good choice; dogs can eat the bones in canned salmon without problems.

Can I give my dog strawberries? YES

Strawberries are a safe and healthy treat for dogs. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the strawberries to remove any pesticide residue. Strawberries can be given fresh, added to baked homemade dog treats, or frozen as a summer treat. If your dog has never eaten strawberries before, give only small pieces at first to prevent digestive upset. Just like people, some dogs may not be able to tolerate certain foods in their diet.

Can I give my dog turkey?YES

Turkey is a safe protein source for dogs. Give only white meat if your dog is overweight, since dark meat is high in fat. If your dog has never eaten turkey before, give only small pieces at first to prevent digestive upset. Just like people, some dogs may not be able to tolerate certain foods in their diet.

Can I give my dog vitamins? YES WITH VET CONSULTATION

During periods of stress, illness, or injury there may be increased requirements for certain nutrients. While a dog can be given vitamins, the dosage will depend upon the dog’s weight and health status. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal products.

Can I give my dog yogurt?YES

Yogurt contains beneficial bacteria (probiotics), and one teaspoon to one tablespoon (depending upon your dog’s size) can be given to your dog to maintain good digestive health. Yogurt may be given fresh, added to baked homemade dog treats, or as an alternative to ice cream. If your dog has never eaten yogurt before, give only amounts at first to prevent digestive upset. Just like people, some dogs may not be able to tolerate certain foods in their diet.

There are some human medications that can be safely given to dogs. During your next visit, ask your veterinarian for the dosage information of the medications about which you have a question, and keep that information in a safe place that is easily accessible in the event of illness in your dog or in case of an emergency.

 

3 Responses to “Can I Give My Dog….?”

  1. Wow, fantastic weblog format! How lengthy have you ever been running a blog for? you made blogging glance easy. The entire glance of your web site is excellent, let alone the content!

  2. barbara hernon Says:

    thanks for this information, it is a great help when trying to care for the dog.


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