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Can Dogs Eat Pecans?

The short answer: No. The long answer: Pecans should never be fed to your dog because they contain the toxin juglone. When consumed by your pet, these nuts can cause gastrointestinal upset or create an obstruction in his windpipe, esophagus, stomach, or intestines. Another concern is if your dog accidentally consumes moldy pecans. Because of Read More...

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The short answer: No.

The long answer: Pecans should never be fed to your dog because they contain the toxin juglone. When consumed by your pet, these nuts can cause gastrointestinal upset or create an obstruction in his windpipe, esophagus, stomach, or intestines. Another concern is if your dog accidentally consumes moldy pecans. Because of the tremorgenic mycotoxins found in these moldy pecans, your dog may suffer from seizures and other neurological symptoms, which may manifest one to two hours after he consumes them.

Seasoned pecans should also be kept away from your pooch. Anything flavoured with salt, garlic, onions, and chocolate are lethal for dogs.

What to do if your dog accidentally eats pecans: Observe your dog for any behavioural changes. If you witness him displaying any of the following symptoms, call or visit your vet immediately: vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, fever, seizures, and tremors. Additionally, if you suspect that your dog ate moldy pecans, watch for hyperthermia (abnormally high temperature), salivation, ataxia (lack of muscle coordination), tachycardia (rapid heart beating), and fasciculation (muscle twitching).

In summary: Pecans must not be included in your dog’s diet even if they are high in fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Feeding him pecans may cause more harm than good, and may lead to complications. To be on the safe side, store your pecans in areas that your dog will not have access to, be conscious of where you eat them, and dispose of the shells properly. 

References:

Ultimate Guide to What Dogs Can Eat

Nuts Dangers to Dogs

Toxicology Brief: “Tremorgenic Mycotoxicosis in Dogs”

Can Dogs Eat Pecans Or Are They Best Left On The Shelf?

Can My Dog Eat Pecans?

The Dog Owner’s Guide to Nuts and Seeds

Can Dogs Eat Brussels Sprouts?

The short answer: Yes, but in moderation. The long answer: A member of the Gemmifera Group of cabbages, brussels sprouts are fiber-packed buds that can be served to your four-legged pet. They are loaded with vitamins K and C, which aids your dog’s immune system, circulatory system, and the skeletal system. Meanwhile, the antioxidants found Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.

The long answer: A member of the Gemmifera Group of cabbages, brussels sprouts are fiber-packed buds that can be served to your four-legged pet. They are loaded with vitamins K and C, which aids your dog’s immune system, circulatory system, and the skeletal system. Meanwhile, the antioxidants found in brussels sprouts help reduce inflammation, which may benefit older dogs with joint issues. 

Brussels sprouts also improve digestive health by relieving constipation. However, even just a small amount may produce flatulence in your dog because of the high levels of raffinose found in them. Passing gas is a normal side effect, but the unpleasant smells might make you want to steer clear of your pet. 

How to feed brussels sprouts to your dog: Start off by feeding only a fourth or a half of one bud, and see how your dog reacts to it. Do not feed him many buds in one sitting (only one to three pieces max depending on his size) or it may cause gastrointestinal upset and/or diarrhea. 

Before feeding brussels sprouts to your canine, wash the sprouts, remove the hard stems, slice the buds in half, and lightly cook them so they retain their nutritional benefits. Never serve your dog raw brussels sprouts because they might be too tough to eat in this state. Also, do not include seasonings or herbs that may be harmful to your dog.

Here are three ideas for brussels sprouts your dog will love:

  1. Cook a few pieces of brussels sprouts with a dollop of olive oil.
  2. Boil the brussels sprouts for a few minutes, then add them to your dog’s meal. 
  3. Steam and give them as treats if he enjoys the bitter taste. 

In summary: Packed with vitamins K, C, A, B1, B6, manganese, potassium, and folate, brussels sprouts can be eaten and enjoyed by your dog in moderation. Feeding this to him once in a while will greatly aid in cleaning out his colon and strengthening his various systems. 

References: 

Can My Dog Eat Brussels Sprouts?

Dogs Can Have Brussels Sprouts! (Cooking Tips & The Stinky Truth)

Can Dogs Eat Lemons?

The short answer: No. The long answer: Belonging to the citrus family, lemons are highly acidic fruits that should not be consumed by dogs because of the psoralen compounds and essential oils found in them. Even just a small amount may harm small-sized dogs, which can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, gastrointestinal distress, and sensitivity Read More...

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The short answer: No.

The long answer: Belonging to the citrus family, lemons are highly acidic fruits that should not be consumed by dogs because of the psoralen compounds and essential oils found in them. Even just a small amount may harm small-sized dogs, which can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, gastrointestinal distress, and sensitivity to light. Even if the lemon fruit is edible for dogs, the peel, seeds, and plant itself are the most dangerous parts because they contain the highest levels of toxic oils.  

Though it may be tempting to let your dog try lemon juice to get a funny reaction out of him or apply lemon essential oil on his fur to supposedly improve his health, these are highly inadvisable. 

What to do if your dog accidentally eats lemons: Lemons can be lethal for dogs, especially if they consume large quantities of the fruit. Its highly acidic nature can disrupt a dog’s acid base balance. Aside from upsetting his stomach, the lemon peel or seeds can also obstruct his airway and/or intestines. 

Call your vet if your dog accidentally eats lemons. Take him to the emergency clinic once he displays any of these symptoms: vomiting, nausea (in the form of constant lip licking and exaggerated swallowing), diarrhea, muscle tremors, inability to walk or stand, drooling, rashes in the groin area, and other unusual behaviour. If left untreated, severe cases may lead to liver failure or even death.


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Lemons do not provide any nutritional benefits for your dog, so it’s best not to make him try this fruit, its juice, or its oil. You’re better off treating him with dog-friendly fruits such as apples, bananas, blueberries, kiwi, mango, pineapples, and watermelon.  

References:

Can Dogs Eat This? The Ultimate Guide To 105 Food Items

Can Dogs Eat Lemons & Drink Lemon Juice?

Can Dogs Eat Lemons?

Can Dogs Eat Lemons?

ASPCA Lemons

Can Dogs Eat Plums?

The short answer: No. The long answer: Though not as lethal as grapes or raisins, plums may cause problems when consumed by your dog. The sharp pit may cause damage to your pet’s esophagus, stomach, or intestines, and may get stuck in his intestinal tract. Worse, a crushed pit may release cyanide that is toxic Read More...

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The short answer: No.

The long answer: Though not as lethal as grapes or raisins, plums may cause problems when consumed by your dog. The sharp pit may cause damage to your pet’s esophagus, stomach, or intestines, and may get stuck in his intestinal tract. Worse, a crushed pit may release cyanide that is toxic to dogs.

As for its fleshy part, a plum contains high amounts of natural sugar, so it isn’t the best snack to give to your dog. Though feeding him a tiny piece of the flesh won’t harm him, you should check that it has been washed properly, and isn’t overripe, fermented, or moldy. Canned plums should never be fed to your dog because of the artificial sugar and preservatives found in them.  

What to do if your dog accidentally eats plums: Try to find out how many plums he has eaten, and which parts he has consumed. It’s a good sign if you find uneaten pits that are intact. Observe him closely and get in touch with your veterinarian if he displays any of the following symptoms: stomach pain, loss of appetite, low energy, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, excessive salivation, skin irritation, seizures, hyperventilation, shock, and coma. Your vet may need to induce vomiting to remove the pits from his stomach.

In summary: Though high in vitamins A, C, and K, and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, plums should not be consumed by your dogs due to the complications that can be caused by its pits. Plums should be properly stored and kept out of your dog’s reach, so that he won’t be tempted to eat them. 

References:

Can Dogs Eat Plums? 

Can My Dog Eat Plums? 

What are the dangers of letting my dog eat plums?

How to get rid of fleas on your dog

The bane of a dog’s existence, fleas are small flightless bugs that survive by sucking the blood of animals and even humans. Thriving in moist, humid environments and during warmer seasons of the year, fleas hop from host to host, latching on to their unknowing prey, piercing the prey’s skin to suck on its blood, Read More...

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The bane of a dog’s existence, fleas are small flightless bugs that survive by sucking the blood of animals and even humans. Thriving in moist, humid environments and during warmer seasons of the year, fleas hop from host to host, latching on to their unknowing prey, piercing the prey’s skin to suck on its blood, and laying eggs all over its body. 

No matter how often you groom your dog or how much you sanitise your home, there are no surefire ways to keep your pet and your household 100% flea-free. Your fur buddy may easily get fleas when he comes into contact with other domestic or wild animals with infestations, or by simply walking through outdoor areas with long grass and shaded leaf piles

With this quick guide, we’ll teach you how to properly get rid of fleas on your dog, and, more importantly, prevent a flea infestation at home. But first…

How can you tell if your dog has fleas?

Answer these questions with a YES or NO:

  • Is your dog constantly scratching his body?
  • Is your dog losing hair or getting bald/sore patches, especially in his neck or tail?
  • Are there spots, redness, and irritation found on your dog’s body?
  • Are there thickened skin in areas such as his ears?
  • Can you see tiny dark specks (flea dirt) or small, fast-moving brown or black insects (fleas) in his fur?
  • Do you also suffer from inexplicable insect bites?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, your dog may have a flea (or more!) dwelling in his fur that you don’t know about. 

TIP: If you’re not sure what flea dirt is, it’s actually flea feces that are a mixture of blood and flea waste. They look like small dark brown or black clumps, similar to pepper flakes. If placed on a wet paper towel, these specks will leave reddish brown marks on the towel. 

What happens if your dog has fleas?

When your dog gets bitten by a flea, it will leave him feeling itchy and uncomfortable. Worse, the flea bite may cause other complications such as dermatitis (a skin allergy that is caused by the flea’s saliva), tapeworms (your dog can get these by accidentally ingesting infected adult fleas in an effort to groom themselves), and blood loss (which can lead to death to sickly, frail, and young dogs). 

How can you remove fleas on your dog?

We strongly suggest you take your dog to the vet as soon as you suspect fleas. For ideas on what to do while you wait for a vet appointment, read on…

1 Give your dog a bath.

Loosen the fleas residing on your dog’s fur and skin by giving him a bath consisting of lukewarm water. You can also use flea soap or shampoo to help kill those nasty critters. Just make sure the product doesn’t end up harming your dog’s skin, especially if it tends to be on the sensitive side. Consult with your veterinarian for advice on the best flea treatment products before buying and using these products on your dog. 

When bathing your dog with flea shampoo, make sure that he will be able to stand still and be lathered up for approximately five to 10 minutes. This is the length of time needed for the shampoo to sink in and take effect. Younger dogs may have a harder time keeping still.

2 Comb your dog’s fur with a flea comb. 

A fine-tooth flea comb will help you remove fleas, flea dirt, and other debris from your dog’s fur. When combing, get as close as you can to your dog’s skin and be careful when you glide it through his neck and tail because these are the areas where fleas usually feed. To kill the fleas you take out, immediately immerse the comb in a bowl of hot soapy water. Don’t attempt to squish the fleas using your hands because their exceptionally hard exterior will make it difficult for you to crush them. Plus, they can quickly hop off your fingers.

Try this pet flea comb from Kmart 

3 Use vet-approved flea treatments on your dog.

Following your veterinarian’s advice, purchase the recommended treatment and use it on your dog. You can get either oral medication (in chewable or pill form), topical medication (spot-on medicine applied over hard-to-reach areas), or dog flea and tick collars that don’t need a prescription. These treatments work to kill the adult fleas and/or eggs and larvae that may be living on your dog’s fur. 

When picking the best type of treatment for him, consider the following factors

  • His age – Check the label to make sure it can be used by your dog. Many flea treatments are not recommended for young puppies.
  • His breed – Some dog breeds have thicker coats, making it harder for topical flea treatments to sink into the dog’s fur and skin.
  • His health – It’s important to check your dog’s current medication and conditions because these might not go well with some ingredients found in flea medication. For example, medications with spinosad are not recommended for dogs with epilepsy.
  • His lifestyle – Regular exposure to children and cats should also be taken note of as certain ingredients from flea collar or topical medication may be toxic for them. 
  • His environment – You may be living in an area where parasites are common all year round or they are resistant to specific preventatives. 

When purchasing your dog’s flea treatment, it’s essential to use clinically tested products from reliable sources. It should be consumed or applied according to your vet’s instructions so that the product works effectively. 

TIP: If you own more than one dog or other animals at home, the others should be treated for fleas as well. 

4 Rid your home of fleas.

It’s not enough to physically remove the fleas found on your pet. You must also work to remove them in the indoor and outdoor areas your dog frequents to prevent reinfestation. Fleas can live in carpets, skirting boards, beddings, and furniture, and survive in the surrounding environment for months without a host, so you must consistently and diligently treat your home to eradicate them. 

Beddings—yours and your pet’s—and toys should be washed in hot, soapy water. Hardwood floors, carpets, area rugs, upholstered furniture, and even furniture bottoms should be thoroughly vacuumed, with the vacuum bag immediately disposed of outside the home. 

Steam cleaning can also work to kill flea larvae, but applying chemical treatment may be your best option in eliminating them. Hire a local exterminator to use foggers with boric acid, sodium borate, and/or methoprene to help kill full-grown fleas and all its other life cycle stages. 

Be sure to also thoroughly clean your doghouse or kennel found outside your home. Regularly mow the yard, trim hedges and bushes, and remove leaves or garden debris where fleas could hide out. Insect growth regulators, sprays, and pelleted insecticides can also assist you with keeping fleas at bay.  

Don’t forget to regularly inspect your home for fleas. You can do this through two easy methods

  • White socks method – Wearing white socks, walk around the different areas your dog regularly stays in. Check your socks for fleas or flea dirt particles. 
  • Light trap method – Place a small bowl of water with dishwashing soap under a nightlight in the evening. Since adult fleas are attracted to light, they will try to jump toward the light and may fall into the bowl.  

To recap

With this article, we hope you discovered everything you needed to know about fleas. By learning how to tell if your dog has fleas, what happens if your dog has fleas, and how to remove fleas on your dog and prevent reinfestation from occurring, you can be the best pet parent  to your furry companion. 

For more helpful tips, read up on other pet parenting guides in our blog!

The Ultimate Gift Guide for the Vegan in Your Life

Buying a gift is not as easy as it sounds. When selecting a present for someone, you must put into consideration the recipient’s personal taste, varied interests, and current needs (not to mention your budget). If the receiver is a vegan, the gift giving process can be a lot more interesting and rewarding as you Read More...

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Buying a gift is not as easy as it sounds. When selecting a present for someone, you must put into consideration the recipient’s personal taste, varied interests, and current needs (not to mention your budget). If the receiver is a vegan, the gift giving process can be a lot more interesting and rewarding as you include your friend’s animal loving and climate neutral ethics – to give them something they’ll love and appreciate. Waldo’s Friends is here to help you find the best vegan-friendly gift suggestions.

What is a vegan?

By definition, a vegan is a person who does not consume animals and animal by-products such as meat, seafood, honey, and dairy. A vegan also chooses not to use animals, their derivatives, and their by-products. Examples include fur, leather, wool, lanolin, beeswax, and silk. 

What should you consider when buying gifts for vegans?

When selecting a vegan-friendly gift, you must make sure that:

  1. The item you buy isn’t made of animals, animal by-products, and animal derivatives. Though by-products and derivatives don’t technically harm the animals, taking them might diminish the animal’s resources and habitat. 
  2. The item you buy is made of natural, plant-based ingredients or synthetic, recycled materials.
  3. The company does not test on animals. Vegans are against animal cruelty and exploitation, so check for cruelty-free logos such as Beauty Without Bunnies and Leaping Bunny on the packaging. You can also look for the PETA-Approved Vegan logo to make sure the item is ethically made using all-vegan materials.

What kind of gifts are vegan-friendly?

Take your pick from 30 vegan-friendly products across five categories: face/body, fashion, kitchen, home, and travel. Check them out for some handy ideas about how to make the special vegan in your life happy!

Face/Body

O&M Maintain the Mane 

34.95 AUD for 350 ml/79.95 AUD for 1 L

Original & Mineral is a hair care brand that uses natural extracts and active minerals in its products. All their products are devoid of harsh chemicals such as parabens, sulphates, and triclosan. 

Containing oils of evening primrose and macadamia seed as well as amino acids and antioxidants from banksia flowers, O&M’s Maintain the Mane Shampoo can be used regularly to gently clean the hair and scalp. The vegan in your life will definitely love using this all-natural, moisturising hair cleanser on a daily basis! 

Buy the product here

Aesop Fabulous Face Cleanser

35 AUD for 100 ml / 53 AUD for 200 ml

Committed to formulating skin, hair, and body care products of the finest quality, Australian brand Aesop searches for plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients, and uses only those with a proven record of safety and efficacy. 

Their Fabulous Face Cleanser is a mild, olive-derived facial cleanser that can be used by people with normal and combination skin, or those with dry skin during warm seasons. The bergamot rind, chamomile bud, and rosemary leaf work together to help the skin feel calm and refreshed without stripping away its natural oils. A coin-sized dollop of the low foaming gel can be massaged into the face every morning and night, then rinsed with warm water. 

Buy the product here.

INIKA Organic Face in a Box – The Essentials Starter Kit

99 AUD for a nine-piece set

With its humble beginnings in Sydney, this Australian company has grown into a global brand that’s known for creating certified organic, cruelty free, vegan, halal, and sustainably sourced products. They use the finest Australian botanicals and pure minerals to whip up organic makeup and skincare that nourish the skin.

Available in four shades (Unity, Nurture, Patience, Trust), Face in a Box contains nine beauty essentials: Loose Mineral Foundation SPF 25 (3 g), Loose Mineral Bronzer (3.5 g), Vegan Kabuki Brush, Certified Organic Liquid Foundation (10 ml), Certified Organic BB Cream (4 ml), Certified Organic Perfection Concealer (4 ml), Certified Organic Pure Primer (10 ml), Mineral Mattifying Powder (0.7 g), and Mineral Blush (0.7 g). From a nourishing primer to a hydrating foundation, this essential starter kit will help the vegan in your life kick-start her flawless beauty routine.  

Buy the set here.

HURRAW! BALMTOO Lemon Balm Coconut Pulp 

29 USD at 30 ml

HURRAW! ensures the quality and integrity of their products by creating them in a dedicated National Organic Program and EcoCert certified manufacturing facility. Using only trusted organic, vegan, and raw ingredients, the materials are clearly listed on their packaging and website in their commitment to being transparent to their users. 

Bee free, shea free, soy free, and palm free, the BALMTOO Lemon Balm Coconut Pulp is a vegan balm that’s stored into a 100% recyclable aluminum tube. One tube is equivalent to about seven sticks of lip balm. The enzyme-packed papaya seed oil and rich avocado fruit oil blend well with the delicate coconut and calming lemon. This balm can be used anywhere on the body—face, lips, fingers, neck, feet—and doesn’t contain water or hydrogenated butters. 

Buy the product here.

Oh Deer Sugar Tall, Dark & Foamy Waffle Bath Bomb

11.50 AUD for 180 g

Oh Deer Sugar is a non-edible bakery that handcrafts vegan “food for the skin” products all the way from Brisbane, Queensland. Popular for creating dessert-inspired bath bombs that look good enough to eat, their Donut Bath Bombs and Waffle Bath Bombs are sensory treats for vegans who love a good soak in the tub. 

With a deep, dark, and earthy scent, the Tall, Dark & Foamy Waffle Bath Bomb can be used by simply placing it in a tub filled with water. Watch it fizz and foam as the earthly palette melts into the water like liquid magic. Your vegan recipient will surely love this indulgent gift!

Buy the product here.

Eco by Sonya Driver Hand Wash and Hand Cream Pack

83.80 AUD for a four-piece set

Another proudly Australian made and owned company, Eco by Sonya Driver creates certified vegan, organic, toxic-free, and cruelty-free body care products that everyone can use. 

This special gift set contains Lemongrass Cleansing Foam (375 ml pump bottle), Coconut Mint Body Wash (500 ml pump bottle), Organic Personal Outdoor Spray (100 ml spray bottle), and Eco by Sonya Hand & Nail Cream for Rafiki Mwema (75 ml). Made with effectively purifying and refreshing ingredients, the cleansing foam and body wash can be used for the entire body and are suitable for most skin types. Meanwhile, the outdoor spray contains a blend of essential oils and organic ingredients (including lemon eucalyptus, citronella, basil, lemongrass, and cedarwood) that are suitable for children and adults. The hand and nail cream is made of organic mango butter, sea buckthorn, sunflower seed oil, and organic aloe vera juice. Another reason to get this set: 100% of the profits from the sale of the hand and nail cream goes to Rafiki Mwema, a charity that provides protection, support, and love for young children in Kenya. 

Buy the set here.

Fashion

Waldo’s Friends My Lucky Charm shirt

35 AUD 

Waldo’s Friends is all about creating and selling ethically produced goods that raise awareness and funds for animal rescue. Available in three sizes (small, medium, and large), the ecru-coloured My Lucky Charm shirt comes in a classic fit that can be worn by both males and females. A unique cat-themed graphic design is screen printed by OCCC Apparel using eco-friendly techniques on an all-natural organic cotton shirt from EarthPositive. Produced from Indian Cotton, each climate neutral shirt is manufactured in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and certified by the Control Union and Soil Association Certifications. Aside from supporting fairtrade clothing, buying this vegan-friendly shirt also supports animal rescue since 50% of profits from each sale is donated to animal rescue shelters. Definitely a win-win for both the giver and receiver! 

Buy the product here.

Tree Tribe Leaf Leather Bifold Wallet – Black 

52.92 AUD

Drawing inspiration from nature, Tree Tribe crafts eco-conscious lifestyle products while partnering with organisations that plant trees to naturally replenish the environment. For every item sold on their website, a tree is planted somewhere in the world. To date, they’ve planted 440,120 trees in 12 different countries

For their innovative Leaf Leather line, Tree Tribe uses fallen, sustainably harvested teak tree leaves, which were soaked in water, dyed, arranged flat together, and set out to dry. The leaf layer was then mended with cotton fabric and a non-toxic BOPP outer film to provide backing, structure, waterproofing, durability, and longevity. There are 6 card slots, 2 inside pockets, and 1 cash pocket that fits most currencies. Every handcrafted bifold wallet (9.3 cm x 11 cm  x 1 cm) is special because of the varying textured leaf patterns, and how the leaf sheet was cut and coloured. 

Buy the product here.

VEJA Vegan Sneakers Nova HT White California Butter Sole 

95 EUR 

A French footwear and accessories brand, VEJA was established in 2005 to make sneakers differently by infusing each stage of production with a positive impact. VEJA focuses on not just producing beautiful retail items, but helping its raw material suppliers and their environment through eco-friendly and fair trade practices. 

The Nova HT White California Butter Sole sneakers from its vegan line are created using organic cotton from Brazil farms, wild rubber from the Amazon forest, and recycled E.V.A. Distinct yet understated, the unmistakable V logo is silk screened in a cool blue shade and stands out against the white cotton fabric and cream sole. Sizes are available from 36 to 46, so these stylish kicks can be given to both female and male vegans. 

Buy the product here.

Ahimsa Collective Zip the Lip Backpack – Smoke

289 AUD

Ahimsa means “respect for all living things and avoidance of harm toward others.” With that, Ahimsa Collective was founded by passionate change agents who wanted to prove that sustainability and luxury goods could coexist. They wanted to offer a bag that was not only environmentally friendly, but also environmentally beneficial. They found the solution by producing handbags out of existing resources, would-be-waste, and innovative plant-based textiles. Their noteworthy materials include recycled water bottles, certified washable paper, and reused hardware. 

Zip the Lip Backpack – Smoke is Ahimsa Collective’s first backpack that also doubles as a bucket bag. Made from durable pineapple leather (piñatex), this black, 24.5 cm x 20 cm x 12 cm-sized bag will be a hit with the fashion-savvy vegan in your life. Plus, she would be thrilled to know that 5 AUD of this bag’s sale will go to Ahimsa Collective’s social enterprise partners.

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NOX-BRIDGE Classic Vega Viridi 41 mm watch 

339 NZD

Vegan fashion and watch-making can go hand in hand, as proven by this group of New Zealanders who created NOX-BRIDGE in 2014. Produced without compromising ethical practices, their elegant watch designs and waterproof leather straps are 100% vegan.

The Classic Vega Viridi 41 mm timepiece is made and assembled in Japan. It consists of a surgical grade 316 L stainless steel green face encased in gold, and 20 mm x 18 cm (19.5 cm with buckle) vegan straps in a rich forest green shade. Water resistant and with quick release straps, this striking men’s watch can go from day to night.

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Boody Cosy Knit Wrap – Storm

99.95 AUD

An Australian brand that’s focused on making eco-conscious, sustainable clothing, Boody crafts everyday apparel for men, women, and kids using materials that are better for the environment. 

Make your vegan friend feel like she’s receiving a warm hug from you each time she uses Boody’s Cosy Knit Wrap. Made from pure, organically grown bamboo viscose harvested in FSC-certified fields in Sichuan, China, this 180 cm x 80 cm knitted shawl can be used at home on a cold winter night or worn softly draped around the neck during a chilly outing. Naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic, thermo-regulating, and breathable, the two-toned fabric feels good against the skin, and, more importantly, matches any attire.

Buy the product here.

Kitchen

BOSH! The Cookbook

29.99 AUD

Best friends Henry Firth and Ian Theasby both turned vegan in 2015, and a year later, started BOSH!—the largest plant-based video channel on Facebook. With a mission to help everyone eat more plant-based food, the duo published this cookbook in 2018 containing 140 easy and tasty vegan dishes to try. 

With BOSH! The Cookbook, new or longtime vegans can take a crack at making breakfast staples, crowd-pleasing party dishes, hearty dinners, sumptuous desserts, and sharing cocktails using fresh and supermarket-available ingredients. This 288-page cookbook will surely inspire the vegan in your life to spend more time in the kitchen and whip up satisfying plant-based recipes. And if you’re lucky, you might end up tasting and loving the culinary creations!

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Green + Kind Eco Box 

64.95 AUD for a five-piece set

Green + Kind is committed to making products that are vegan, cruelty free, planet friendly, ethically made, and biodegradable or reusable. Their primary purpose is to change the way people shop through education and creation of eco alternatives to products that are used daily, helping minimise people’s impact on the planet. 

This zero-waste eco set will help vegans (or practically anyone!) get started on their eco journey. It can be used for mealtimes, and can also be brought out for picnics, road trips, and outdoor adventures. Each box contains two natural coconut bowls, a set of utensils (knife, fork, and spoon), certified organic cotton carry pouch, a pack of 2 stainless steel bent straws, and a handy pouch that contains 8 30 cm x 35 cm produce bags.

Buy the set here.

Green Living Australia Non-Dairy Yoghurt Bundle 

81.75 AUD for a three-piece set

Green Living Australia is a business that resulted out of a need to create homemade, preservative-free, additive-free foods, and chemical-free body products. The company aims to provide pure cultures, equipment, and education to conscious foodies, and to make all-natural and sustainable body products.

Their Non-Dairy Yoghurt Bundle is the perfect gift for vegans who want to create their own tasty probiotic snack. Each vegan-friendly culture set contains a BPA-free electric yoghurt maker (which can hold up to 2 litres and maintain the needed temperature for prolonged periods of time), 100 litres of non-dairy yoghurt culture with probiotics (which can be turned into soy, coconut, or almond yoghurt), and 250 grams of smooth gel (which helps create a thick, creamy texture).

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Waldo’s Friends This is a Cat Loving Household Tea Towel 

18 AUD

Waldo’s Friends carries Able and Game tea towels, which are made of pure linen and hand screen printed in Melbourne. The 50 cm x 70 cm print features a beautiful set of illustrations accompanied by typography in the centre that says: This is a cat loving household. The white and red tea towel can be used to line a serving basket, to dry and store salad greens, to protect pots and pans from scratches, or can even be displayed as eye-catching wall art. Perfect for the feline-loving vegan in your life! 

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Treat Dreams Dream Bars

12.50 AUD for 80 g

The chocolates and desserts by Treat Dreams may be dairy-free and vegan-free, but they’re just as rich and decadent as their non-vegan counterparts. Lis Armstrong founded Treat Dreams after turning vegan in 2013, and wanted to recreate classic treats that were made of plant-based and animal-friendly ingredients. 

Their square-shaped vegan chocolate Dream Bars come in five delicious flavours: Creamy White (direct trade white chocolate bar and almonds), Berries + Cream (creamy white chocolate bar with freeze dried raspberry pieces), Cookies + Cream (creamy almond white chocolate bar with crunchy chocolate biscuit pieces), Creamy Milk (direct trade milk chocolate bar), and Peanut Crunch (milk chocolate bar with toasted peanuts and crunchy toffee pieces).

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Urban Greens Co Micro Herbs Windowsill Grow Kit

49.95 AUD

With a mission to create gifts that are purposeful, sustainable, and gratifying, Urban Greens Co allows the vegan in your life to receive a growable gift and gain satisfaction from it for a longer period of time. 

The Urban Greens Grow Kit has all the essentials needed to grow a windowsill full of nutritious and flavour-packed herbs. Perfect for the aspiring urban gardener who is limited to small spaces, the kit includes a 40 cm x 8 cm x 7 cm porcelain windowsill box (includes a bamboo lid and drip tray), 3 micro herb varieties (basil, chive, and parsley seeds), sustainable organic coir propagation mix, plus growing instructions and hot tips.

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Home

Mojo Candle Co. Reclaimed Beer Bottle Diffuser – Freshwater 

44.90 AUD

Add flair to the home of an alcohol-loving vegan through the nifty creations of Mojo Candle Co. With a passion for the planet, founders Monty and Jo found a sustainable way to reuse old beer and wine bottles from Australian breweries and restaurants, and turn them into candle and diffuser vessels. The results are stunning, sophisticated fragrance keepers containing natural soy wax or premium oils.  

One of Mojo Candle Co.’s most popular scents, Freshwater is masculine with sharp citrus top notes that include blackcurrant and pineapple. It is rounded off with base and middle notes of honeydew, muguet, water lily, and the bold scent of vetiver, amber, and a touch of mulberry. Each beer bottle diffuser is hand-poured in small batches and sold with natural fibre reeds. The diffusing time takes approximately six months depending on the surroundings.

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kikki.K A5 Quilted Notebook Holder Blush: Self

49.99 AUD

Prettify your vegan friend’s home working space with Swedish brand kikki.K’s 165 mm x 30 mm notebook holder. Set in a delicate shade of blush pink and a gray inner lining, the quilted vegan-friendly holder contains an elastic pen loop, 4 internal card slots, and a 76-page, limited-edition lined notebook. 

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Velvety Monkey Farts Soy Candle 

27 AUD for 160 g

A personal project by Lorena Estelle, Velvety sprung from a desire to offer vegan-friendly, sustainable, and ethically made items in a singular online platform. Velvety lets you choose affordable and cruelty-free fashion, beauty, and home items for the vegan in your life. 

Think of a vegan who will get a kick out of this hilariously named soy candle. Monkey Farts has a complex citrus scent that starts with a subtle base of vanilla, mango, kiwi, and bubblegum, and finishes off with top notes of banana, grapefruit, and strawberries. Velvety Soy Candles are handmade and poured using natural soy wax for an eco-friendly, clean burn. The lead-free cotton wick is covered with vegetable-based wax and premium fragrances or essential oils. Each tumbler burns for approximately 40 hours.

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Bamboo Bed + Bath Bed King Bed Sheet Set 

199 AUD for a set

Proudly Australian owned and operated, Bamboo Bed + Bath has been crafting quality certified organic products for bed and bath since 2000. Their bamboo fibre products are from trusted and respected manufacturers with Oeko-Tex Standard 100, USDA, and FSC certifications.

Made with 100% bamboo, the pure organic sheets are luxuriously soft on the skin. They are also known for being thermo-regulating—warm in winter, cool in summer—so they can be used all year round. Each Bamboo Bed + Bath King Bed Sheet Set contains 1 flat sheet (290 cm x 270 cm), 1 fitted sheet (183 cm x 203 cm x 40 cm), and 2 pillowcases (48 cm x 73 cm) in fresh white or rich taupe shades.

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Resparkle Ultimate Natural All Purpose Cleaning Kit

20.45 AUD 

Resparkle manufactures plant-powered products that make homes naturally clean. The brand promises to save the planet while keeping homes dirt-free through their toxin-free items found in reusable, zero-plastic packages.

This best-selling cleaning kit from Resparkle is an awesome present to give to a vegan neat freak as it will allow him or her to breeze through housework faster and more effectively. The nature-powered cleaning kit includes a 500 ml Natural All-Purpose Reusable Bottle, Natural All-Purpose Concentrate Refill Pod (which can be used for any tough-to-clean surface), a 100% copper scrubber (which can help scour away grease and grime on any kind of cookware), and a 100% natural bamboo microfibre cloth (which can save the ocean from micro-plastic pollution).

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ecoLinen Organic Cotton Bath Towel

29.90 AUD

Make the vegan in your life feel pampered with ecoLinen Premium Organic’s cotton bath towel. The brand uses all-natural cotton, which is free from toxic dyes, harmful pesticides, insecticides, and harsh chemicals.

EcoLinen’s thick organic bath towels are used in some of Australia’s top luxury resorts. They are made with the softest, sturdiest, and most absorbent materials, which are hypoallergenic and safe for the entire family to use. Available in white or charcoal grey, each plush bath towel comes at a generous size (75 cm x 150 cm) and with 650 gsm for maximum absorbency.

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Travel

MATT & NAT COAST Vegan Carry On Luggage – Black

265 AUD

MATT & NAT is focused on exploring the beautiful synergy between material and nature. Choosing to find innovative ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly, their fashionable designs do not use leather or other animal-based materials. Instead, they have experimented with different recycled materials such as recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber, and cork. 

COAST Vegan Carry On Luggage is a must-buy for vegan jetsetters. The 14 inch x 20.5 inch x 9-inch bag (excluding wheels) comes in a sleek black colour, with a double zipper detail, a short handle drop, and an extendable, easy-carry handle. Inside, the luggage offers a removable snap pouch, a zip around zipper compartment, and a double interior.

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Bass The Green Brush 19 

16.95 USD

Founded in 1979, Bass has been manufacturing premium grade brushes, body, and skin tools with an emphasis on using the finest natural, sustainable, and durable materials. Their high quality items have been used by professional stylists, barbers, and aestheticians worldwide.

Combining luxury design with sustainable resources, Bass Green Brush Series uses 100% eco-friendly premium bamboo for its pins and handle. The two-toned semi S-shaped brush is expertly designed for easy gripping, while its bamboo pins are created with radius tips for extra comfort in the tresses and scalp. This organic brush is suitable for all hair types.

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Felvarrom Recycled Inner Tube Passport Holder 

44.90 AUD

With a name that means “I’ll stitch it up,” Felvarrom upcycles discarded bicycle parts and materials and creatively transforms them into durable fashion accessories. The Hungarian brand keeps their entire making process sustainable and environmentally friendly, from recycling bicycle parts to using biodegradable cleaning materials to properly disposing of their waste. 

Made from old inner tubes from bicycle tires, the black and orange passport holder has a deep safe passport slot, 2 card holder pockets (each slot can hold 4 cards), and a zip pocket for coins. Because of the varying scuffs, marks, and patches the inner tubes have previously received, no two passport holders will look exactly alike.

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GROWN Sustainable Wooden Eyewear Lennox 

169 AUD

GROWN chooses to get all their organic materials from ethically sourced and managed forests that are bound by the sustainable forestry management standards of the FSC. Using durable bamboo and hardwoods (such as maple, ebony, and walnut) to handcraft their wooden eye frames, each pair of sunglasses has a distinct finish because of the unique wood grain. As a bonus, GROWN provides a 100-day warranty and a 180-day accident coverage for their buyers.

The Lennox has a lightly polished red ebony wood finish. It comes with a keyhole bridge, Canadian maple accents, premium spring loaded hinges, and European standard (CE) UV400 (100% UVA/UVB) polarized lenses. Aside from this being an ultra-stylish gift for the vegan in your life, it is also animal-friendly because for each pair purchased, GROWN will help support one orphaned or injured Australian animal via WIRES.

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Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell Luxe Travel Kit 

75 AUD

Ettitude is an eco-conscious brand that guarantees luxury and comfort using sustainably sourced materials and renewable methods. They’ve created a breakthrough bamboo lyocell fabric, CleanBamboo, whose manufacturing process is designed to save energy and water. The result is a breathable, hypoallergenic, and thermo-regulating cloth with a silk-like texture.

Lightweight and convenient, the vegan-friendly Bamboo Lyocell Luxe Travel Kit is great for long-haul flights, camping adventures, and anything in between. The pure organic bamboo set contains 1 standard size pillowcase, 1 sleep mask, and 1 eye pillow with removable organic lavender insert, which are all stored inside a reusable fabric drawstring bag. The set comes in four colours: blue nights, grey, cloud pink, and pepper.

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MOTHER SPF Natural Physical Sunscreen

42 AUD for 120 ml

MOTHER SPF is an effective, all-natural sun protectant alternative to commercially produced sunscreens. The brand promises that there are no chemical UV filters, preservatives, emulsifiers, silicones, nano-particles, titanium oxide, animal derivatives, water, gluten, nut oils, fragrance oils, essential oils, animal testing, phthalates, and parabens in their product. 

Produced consciously, sustainably, and ethically, MOTHER SPF only uses nine certified and organic ingredients from trusted suppliers: zinc oxide, coco-caprylate, polyglyceryl-3 polyricinoleate, isostearic acid, caprylic capric triglyceride, coconut oil, castor oil, candelilla wax, and DI alpha tocopheryl acetate. All these hydrating ingredients work together to provide broad-spectrum protection for the face and body (SPF 30) for approximately four hours. A handy essential, the 120 ml tube is a welcome addition to any vegan’s travel bag. It is safe for all skin types including those with sensitive and acne-prone skin.

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In Conclusion

With these 30 vegan-approved selections to choose from, you won’t need to stress over what to give your vegan loved one when a milestone or special event comes along. Bookmark this Waldo’s Friends article, list down your favourites from the face/body, fashion, kitchen, home, and travel categories, or visit the corresponding websites to stock up on these amazing vegan-friendly items now!

Let’s talk rescue and what it means to “adopt, don’t shop”

Let’s talk rescue and what it means to “adopt, don’t shop”

What is an animal rescue?  An animal rescue organisation aimed at taking companion animals from situations where they are at risk of euthanasia for reasons not related to behaviour or health. An example would be a rescue that pulls dogs from shelters with a policy of euthanising dogs that are not adopted within a certain Read More...

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What is an animal rescue? 

An animal rescue organisation aimed at taking companion animals from situations where they are at risk of euthanasia for reasons not related to behaviour or health. An example would be a rescue that pulls dogs from shelters with a policy of euthanising dogs that are not adopted within a certain time frame. Then that rescue would place the dogs in foster homes and advertise that the dog is available for adoption. 

This also happens with cats, particularly strays or colony cats. Cats are far more social than advertised and will form large groups. Some of these cats are not suitable for adoption due to their feral nature but they are trapped, neutered and released. Any kittens found will be taken in, socialised and be made available for adoption once they are neutered. 

Similar rescues exist for pocket pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs, usually sourcing animals from individuals who purchased them without realising the extent of their needs or prolific breeding capacity. 

Well organised rescue groups will consist of volunteers who coordinate to collect animals from situations where they are at risk, have them treated for any medical conditions including spay and neuter surgery. It is vital that animals in rescue be desexed to prevent a further increase in the population of ‘unwanted’ animals – animals without a home to go to once they are old enough to be separated from their mother.

Where does the unwanted pet population come from? 

The population of stray and unwanted animals, including feral cats, consists mainly of pets who were not desexed within the reasonable timeframe; and their offspring come of breeding age very quickly. Even if these pets have owners, the failure to desex these pets can lead to an exponential increase in the stray population. 

There is currently no system for recording the movement of stray and unwanted pets but RSPCA statistics show that over 250,000 pets were euthanised in a twelve month period because homes could not be found for them. When you do the math for cats and dogs, it shouldn’t be a surprise: 

Cats become fertile at 4 months of age. A female cat can have between three and five kittens but litters of up to ten kittens are possible. Each of those kittens can contribute to the creation of another five kittens on average. In one year, that’s three generations of kittens. That means 150 kittens that now need homes from one undesexed cat breeding one time (she will go into heat every three weeks on average and her pregnancy will last about two months). If you want a kitten, they will be in rescue.

Dogs become fertile at 6 months of age and go into heat twice a year on average. A female dog can have between 3 and 12 puppies depending on size and breed. One undesexed female dog can contribute an average of 260 puppies to the population in three generations with just one breeding. 

What does this mean if you’re looking for a pet to add to your family? 

That there are a lot of animals out there, and you have a good chance of finding the one that needs you in rescue. Puppies and kittens are available, as well as adult animals who were not able to be kept by their original owner for various reasons. 

Why should I consider an adult animal?

Similar to humans, animals have an infant stage where they are learning about the world and what they can and can’t do in it. There are a lot of pets in rescue who are there through no fault of their own – their original owners have become unable to care for them for a variety of reasons beyond their control. These pets have an understanding of house training and acceptable behaviour – and those that don’t are still completely able to learn. It is very possible (and rewarding) to teach an old dog new tricks. 

How to find a legitimate rescue

We often see groups and posts on social media regarding individual animals in care requiring fundraising or adoption as part of a rescue group or charity. If you want to adopt a rescue animal, ensure that you are dealing with a legitimate rescue or shelter. This will also help you avoid being scammed by individuals representing themselves as a group in order to garner funds that may not reach the intended party. 

There are several requirements for rescue non profit status that incur oversight into financial transactions.

To elaborate, every legal nonprofit rescue will at least have these four things:

  • An Australian Business Number (ABN)
    • All legitimate rescue groups will have their ABN available and displayed on their website. You can also look up on the ABN Register: https://abr.business.gov.au/
    • Clicking through the ABN register for their ABN will also show you if they are endorsed by the ATO to be Deductible Gift Recipients. Not every rescue is eligible so don’t panic if they’re not
  • Public Liability Insurance
    • This covers all of their staff, volunteers, foster carers, property and anyone attending adoption events
  • Be on the Australian Charity and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) Register. 
    • ACNC oversees transparency in financial transactions and record keeping
    • For animal rescue this includes animals in care. You can use their website to search for a rescue via their ABN: https://www.acnc.gov.au/charity
  • Obtain a fundraising license 
    • any rescue that solicits donations via any medium must have a fundraising license

Currently there are no legal obligations on behalf of rescue groups to the public. So if you have found a rescue that ticks all those boxes, how can you still be sure that the pet you adopt from them is healthy and as described?

  • Social media is a blessing and a curse – a lot of content is heavily curated to avoid backlash from some of the more unattractive occurrences in rescue; extreme sickness being one. 
  • A well-intentioned and well-versed rescue will encourage potential adopters to enter an application for a pet, either a specific animal shown or for a match with their lifestyle.

What to expect from an application

An application is an interview that goes both ways. It’s important at this stage to remember that rescues are often under-staffed and very overworked with a lot of pressure to ensure the safety, health and longevity of the animals in their care. Rescue staff can be very particular due to bad experiences with people unaware of the reality of rescue so they will be looking very carefully at applications to ensure the best outcome for the animals in their care.

A good application will allow an accurate snapshot and overview of your life: where you live, who lives with you, what kind of environment you live in, what other pets you may have. Rescues will attempt to accurately temperament test their animals but sometimes they cannot accurately emulate the conditions of a home, your home, to account for things like planes, mailmen, school bells, trainlines, noisy neighbours. 

Which choice of breed, age and animal is best for you? 

Many adopters will ask a rescue: “Which animal would suit me?”

The question that should be asked is; “What lifestyle can I offer a pet?”

  • How much time are you at home? How much of that time is actually free?
  • What kind of activities do you like to do? Are you very active or just hoping that an active dog will magically make you active? 
  • Are you experienced with animals who may require behaviour modification?
  • Do you have the time and patience to house-train an adult animal?

There is no shame in wanting a relaxed sofa partner who just needs to know where the doggy door is. However, it is extremely important to be honest with yourself about what your lifestyle actually is, not what you want it to be. 

If you already know which breed you’d like, you can also reach out to breed specific rescues. 

  • To find a rescue for a particular breed, search the breed, then rescue and your country: e.g. “Samoyed Rescue Australia.”
  • They often have lots of resources for understanding the breed, including the reasons people give them up, which are very important to know if you want a particular breed.
  • You can also learn from current owners within the rescue circle about their experiences. 

Foster to adopt and trial periods 

Many rescues will offer foster to adopt programs and trial periods for each animal that they have available. These are vital because it can take some time for a pet to settle into a new family, a new home, a new routine:

3 days to decompress – to start to recover from all of the new stimuli that they’re dealing with – smells, sights and sounds

3 weeks to learn the routine – just like it takes us 21 consecutive days to make a habit, pets learn by repetition. Predictability of consequences is a cornerstone of psychological stability and by setting a routine for your new pet will help them settle in

3 months to feel ‘at home’ – the same amount of time it takes for language immersion to start to form new pathways in the human brain. Pets will learn and understand their human family members’ communications and the expectations. 

Pets who have felt the need to be guarded in their behaviour will often show a more playful and relaxed demeanour once they know that they are safe. It is very rewarding to have a rescue come out of their shell in your home. 

Now what? 

Your ideal pet is more likely to be found in rescue than anywhere else, whether your lifestyle suits a puppy, kitten or adult pet. You can use resources like Find a Shelter to start your search today! 

Can Dogs Eat Marshmallows?

Important note: This article is based on marshmallows that do not contain xylitol or chocolate. If you are unsure about what your marshmallows contain, please do not feed them to your pets. The short answer: It is not recommended. The long answer: Marshmallows are pillowy treats that are made of water, gelatin, and sugar (usually Read More...

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Important note: This article is based on marshmallows that do not contain xylitol or chocolate. If you are unsure about what your marshmallows contain, please do not feed them to your pets.

The short answer: It is not recommended.

The long answer: Marshmallows are pillowy treats that are made of water, gelatin, and sugar (usually sucrose or corn syrup). Though not exactly toxic to dogs, these confections are not recommended for your dog’s daily consumption because of their high sugar level and low nutritional value.   

What to do if your dog accidentally eats marshmallows: If your dog managed to munch on one or two pieces of marshmallows as you’re preparing them in the kitchen, it shouldn’t be a problem as long as the marshmallows are not sugar free or coated in chocolate. 

Sugar-free marshmallows may contain xylitol, an artificial sugar substitute that’s highly lethal for dogs. The smallest amount can do damage to your dog and cause low blood sugar, weakness, lack of coordination, depression, tremors, seizures, liver failure, coma, and/or death. Similarly, chocolate-covered marshmallows present a grave problem because of the theobromine found in it. This component causes vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, spasms, seizures, and/or heart attack in dogs. 

If your dog consumes regular marshmallows, observe him for any changes. If your dog eats marshmallows that contain xylitol or chocolate, take him to your veterinarian immediately. 

In summary: Though it’s tempting to treat your dog to some marshmallows while you’re preparing a mug of hot chocolate or a batch of s’mores, you’re better off giving him healthy snacks like fresh fruits, vegetables, or protein-packed dog treats. Marshmallows are packed with sugar and artificial flavourings which will not benefit your dog. Regularly feeding him marshmallows could lead to weight gain or diabetes, and make him more likely to develop cancer, fungal, and yeast infections.

References:

Can Dogs Eat Marshmallows?

Can Dogs Eat Marshmallows?

Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs

Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal?

The short answer: Yes, but in moderation. The long answer: Your dog can reap the countless benefits of eating oatmeal the same way you do. It is a great source of vitamins (E and B-6) and minerals (iron, calcium, manganese, selenium, and zinc, to name a few), which work hand in hand to maintain your Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.

The long answer: Your dog can reap the countless benefits of eating oatmeal the same way you do. It is a great source of vitamins (E and B-6) and minerals (iron, calcium, manganese, selenium, and zinc, to name a few), which work hand in hand to maintain your dog’s overall health. The antioxidants found in oatmeal can improve your pet’s skin, fur, and liver, while the soluble fiber can improve digestion and regularise his bowel movements. 

Be wary of giving too much oatmeal to your dog. Overfeeding can cause upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, and bloating. It’s best to limit your dog’s oatmeal intake to twice a week to prevent digestive issues from developing.

How to feed oatmeal to your dog: Choose whole grain oats for your dog to consume, and cook them properly without milk or sugar. Do not give him processed grains with artificial flavourings because some ingredients may be harmful for him. Plus, the processed grains will not offer any substantial nutrients to your dog. Once cooked, let the oatmeal cool completely by stirring it. Feel the temperature in the middle of the oatmeal before serving it to him. 

Here are three ideas for oatmeal treats your dog will love:

  1. Serve oatmeal with egg and berries as toppings.  
  2. Give him a tablespoon of cooked oatmeal in lieu of doggie treats. 
  3. Try making this peanut butter oatmeal dog cookies!

In summary: A nutritious breakfast staple, cooked oatmeal can be a welcome addition to your dog’s diet as long as his stomach can handle it. Check with your veterinarian before letting him try it, and be sure to serve him the whole grain variety without unnecessary add-ons.   

References: 

Can Dogs Eat This? The Ultimate Guide To 105 Food Items

Can Dogs and Cats Eat Oatmeal?

Can Your Dog Eat Oatmeal?

Can Dogs Eat Kiwi?

The short answer: Yes, but in moderation. The long answer: A small fruit that packs a lot of flavour, kiwi is known to be filled with antioxidants, fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins C, K, and E. It can be fed to your dog occasionally and in limited quantities, but should not be included in his Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.

The long answer: A small fruit that packs a lot of flavour, kiwi is known to be filled with antioxidants, fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins C, K, and E. It can be fed to your dog occasionally and in limited quantities, but should not be included in his daily intake. 

Consumed properly, kiwi can aid in your dog’s digestion, boost his immunity, reduce inflammation, and help manage his blood pressure. However, too much kiwi may upset your dog’s stomach. Its high fiber content may result in soft stool or diarrhea.  

How to feed kiwi to your dog: Wash the tough brown skin properly, then peel it off. Chop the kiwi flesh into smaller pieces. Do not serve the skin or the whole fruit to your dog because it may get lodged in his throat and/or create blockage in his intestine. Also, do not allow your dog to eat the seeds.

Here are three ideas for kiwi treats your dog will love:

  1. Offer your pooch frozen delights made of kiwi, peach, and coconut water.
  2. Slice the fresh fruit into small bite-sized pieces, and serve them to your pet.
  3. Surprise your dog with chicken jerky mixed with kiwi, strawberry, and mint!  

In summary: Kiwi is a sweet and tangy fruit that your dog can enjoy from time to time. As long as his stomach doesn’t get queasy after consuming the fruit, you can keep feeding it to him so he can enjoy its delicious taste and gain its nutritional benefits. Consult with your veterinarian to find out if and how much kiwi you can give to your dog. Initially serve him one or two small pieces, and monitor how his body reacts to it. 

References: 

Can Dogs Eat This? The Ultimate Guide To 105 Food Items

Are Kiwis Safe for Dogs?

What You Should Know About Giving Your Dog Kiwi

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