Category: Dog food

The Best Food to Feed an Elderly Dog

Here at Waldo’s Friends, we are big fans of dogs of all sizes, colours, and ages. Senior dogs hold a special place in our hearts because we’ve encountered some of the sweetest and kindest aging canines over the years. Though they are not as playful and active as young puppies, they still have a lot Read More...

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Here at Waldo’s Friends, we are big fans of dogs of all sizes, colours, and ages. Senior dogs hold a special place in our hearts because we’ve encountered some of the sweetest and kindest aging canines over the years. Though they are not as playful and active as young puppies, they still have a lot of sloppy kisses and warm cuddles to give. 

If you’re wondering about how to care for senior dogs through the food they eat, you’ve come to the right place! This Waldo’s Friends blog post discusses:

But remember, this article should not replace a visit to your veterinarian. This is only meant to be a guide to help you make informed decisions on the well-being of your aging pet. 

How old is a senior dog?

Dogs can go through six life stages. Your dog is considered a puppy when he is born until he is able to reproduce, which is dependent on his breed. He becomes a junior from about 6 to 12 months old, then officially turns into an adult when he stops growing. When he goes past 7 years old, he is considered a mature dog. Then, he is called a senior during the last quarter of his life expectancy, and a geriatric when he goes beyond his breed’s life expectancy.  

Take note that age is only an approximate indicator. In an interview with Fetch, Fred Metzger, DVM revealed that being categorised as senior or geriatric “really depends on the breed and body weight [of a dog]. Large and giant breeds age faster than smaller dogs.” Additionally, your dog can be considered mature when he has reached half of his life expectancy. RSPCA shared a list of the average lifespan of popular dog breeds, ranging from 5.5 years (dogue de bordeaux) to 14.2 years (miniature poodle). As long as your dog is healthy and provided for in every aspect of his life, he may live beyond his breed’s life expectancy. 

When should I switch to senior dog food?

Large-sized dogs are generally called seniors by the time they turn 6 years old. Meanwhile, small-sized dogs more or less become seniors when they hit the 10-year mark. As these beloved dogs grow older, it is common for their health and stamina to deteriorate. As such, aging canines may suffer from these common health problems:

  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Gastrointestinal problems 
  • Hearing loss 
  • Heart issues
  • Joint problems
  • Kidney issues 
  • Obesity 
  • Vision loss

Switching your pet’s meals to specially formulated senior dog food is something that you should discuss with your veterinarian. He would most likely run physical exams, blood tests, and other wellness tests to assess your dog’s health before he can recommend the best diet. The new meal plan may include food formulation changes, as well as adjustments to the quantity and frequency of his meals.

What should be in the food of my senior dog?

It’s time to purchase (or even make) your senior dog’s new food after getting your vet’s approval and recommendations. Remember that it should be a well-balanced diet that caters to your dog’s specific needs. If you need to feed him a new brand or type of food, gradually introduce this to him over 7 days to prevent gastrointestinal troubles. Adjust the ratio by slowly increasing the amount of the new food, helping your dog get used to its taste and texture. Stop feeding the new food if your dog vomits or has the runs. 

It is recommended that you give your senior dog food which are:

  • Adequate in protein: Aging dogs need the right amount of high-quality protein (about 25%) to help them retain body weight and muscle mass. Protein also helps keep the body strong by assisting the immune system. However, dogs with kidney issues should have a lower amount of protein in their diet, so it doesn’t put too much strain on their kidneys.
  • High in fiber: Constipation is a common condition of senior dogs, so getting them food rich in fiber (containing 3 to 5%) can assist their bowel movement.  
  • Low in calories: Because older dogs are not as active as young pups, they do not need to use as much energy throughout the day. Low-calorie meals can help prevent obesity, which develops into diabetes in some dogs. 
  • Low in fat: Senior dog food tends to have lower levels of fat (about 8 to 12%), which translates to lower calories. Diabetic dogs will benefit from eating meals that are low in fat but high in fiber. 

Aside from consuming high-quality meals, senior dogs should eat treats low in fat and sodium. Fresh vegetables and fruits, such as carrots and apples, are healthy alternatives. Just make sure his snack portions do not go over his recommended daily intake. 

TIP: Check out which vegetables and fruits dogs can safely eat through our Can Dogs Eat category!

Other reminders for feeding older dogs 

  • Water is essential in keeping aging dogs hydrated. Some diseases or medications cause older dogs to pee frequently, so they need to continuously replenish the lost fluids from their bodies. Place bowls filled with fresh, cool water throughout the house to encourage your senior dog to drink up. 
  • Dry kibble may help reduce gum disease and control tartar buildup in senior dogs. But if your dog is used to eating wet food, he may not appreciate the switch.
  • If your dog isn’t too keen on eating dry food, you can add some warm water or chicken broth to make it more palatable. Adding a small amount of canned dog food might also do the trick!
  • If your senior dog doesn’t receive enough nutrients from his food, your veterinarian may recommend feeding him supplements. Dogs suffering from arthritis and joint pain may benefit from eating omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, and chondroitin. These chemicals help decrease inflammation and support the rebuilding of lost cartilage substance. 

If you notice any changes in your senior dog’s energy levels, his appearance, his food/water intake, his behaviour, or his toilet habits, speak with your veterinarian.  

Check out our guides to read more articles on responsible dog parenting. Uncover the best slow feeder bowl to get for your pooch, or learn 10 ways to help an anxious dog.

Can Dogs Eat Tofu?

The short answer: It is not recommended. The long answer: Also known as bean curd, tofu is a processed dish made of condensed soy milk that has been pressed into a solid white block. It contains protein, carbs, fiber, and fat, as well as nutrients manganese, calcium, and selenium. Though tofu contains protein, it is Read More...

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The short answer: It is not recommended.

The long answer: Also known as bean curd, tofu is a processed dish made of condensed soy milk that has been pressed into a solid white block. It contains protein, carbs, fiber, and fat, as well as nutrients manganese, calcium, and selenium. Though tofu contains protein, it is not meat-based protein that dogs need to function at their best. Also, feeding tofu to your canine can make him gassy, cause gastric dilatation volvulus (bloating), or trigger food-based allergies

What to do if your dog accidentally eats tofu: Observe him for the next 24 hours and look for signs of bloating. Call your vet if he manifests any of the following symptoms: bloated abdomen, difficulty breathing, vomiting, excessive drooling, and pale nose or mouth. 

If your dog is allergic to soy, he may show signs such as itchy skin, vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, weight loss, lack of energy, and even aggression.

In summary: Tofu is chemically processed and texturized soy, so it may be tough for your pooch to digest. It also contains phytoestrogens and indigestible sugars that can lead to gastrointestinal upset. Instead of processed soy, go for edamame (immature vegetable-type soybeans) or other dog-friendly human food.    

References:

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

What You Should Know About Feeding Your Dog Tofu!

Can Dogs Eat Tofu or Is Tofu Safe for Dogs – The Guide You Should Know

What Is Tofu, and Is It Good for You?

Food Allergies in Dogs

Can Dogs Eat Nectarines?

The short answer: Yes, but in moderation. The long answer: Nectarines are sweet and tasty fruits packed with beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, lutein, and fiber. These vitamins and nutrients will aid in your dog’s skeletal health, eye health, and tissue health. Nectarines are similar to peaches minus the fuzzy exterior. As such, you can offer Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.

The long answer: Nectarines are sweet and tasty fruits packed with beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, lutein, and fiber. These vitamins and nutrients will aid in your dog’s skeletal health, eye health, and tissue health.

Nectarines are similar to peaches minus the fuzzy exterior. As such, you can offer a few pieces of nectarines to your dog (as long as he is not diabetic). Refrain from feeding your dog canned nectarines, which are high in sugar and preservatives. Limit your dog’s intake of nectarines depending on his size and daily calorie intake. Too much of this smooth-skinned fruit may cause gastric upset and lead to vomiting or diarrhea. 

How to feed nectarines to your dog: Wash the nectarine, check for any rotten parts, and remove them. Rotten fruit produces ethanol, which is lethal for your dog.

Also, take out the leaves, stems, and pit. The nectarine pit contains amygdalin, which turns into hydrogen cyanide. Plus, it may cause airway or intestinal blockage. Depending on your dog’s size, a few pieces of ingested pits may poison him. 

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

  1. Replace peaches with nectarine for this squirrel-shaped dog snack.
  2. Transform frozen nectarine into refreshing treats for your pup. 
  3. Make a chewy oatmeal snack by substituting peaches. 

In summary: Nectarine is a great source of vitamins and nutrients that can aid your dog’s well-being. But because the fruit is loaded with sugar and fiber, it should only be fed to your dog in moderation. Consult with your veterinarian before giving nectarine to your dog. 

References: 

Food dogs should not eat and some they should

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

Ultimate Guide to What Dogs Can Eat

Can Dogs Eat Nectarines?

Can Dogs Eat Nectarines? (The Simple Answer)

Can Dogs Eat Tangerines?

The short answer: Yes, but in moderation. The long answer: Tangerines are orange-coloured citrus fruits, which consist of hybrids of mandarin orange. They are similar to oranges, but are smaller and less rounded. They also appear more reddish orange than yellowish orange.  Tangerines are high in water, consisting mostly of carbohydrates. These sweet-tasting fruits are Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.

The long answer: Tangerines are orange-coloured citrus fruits, which consist of hybrids of mandarin orange. They are similar to oranges, but are smaller and less rounded. They also appear more reddish orange than yellowish orange. 

Tangerines are high in water, consisting mostly of carbohydrates. These sweet-tasting fruits are also packed with fiber, protein, fat, vitamins A and C, folate, and potassium, which can aid your dog’s immune system and digestion. However, too much of the citrus fruit may cause gastrointestinal discomfort to your dog. 

How to feed tangerine to your dog: Remove the tangerine peel and seeds before feeding a portion of the fruit to your dog. Do not allow your dog to play with or eat the peel because it might cause airway or intestinal blockage. The oil found in peel may also upset his stomach and lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and/or dehydration. Meanwhile, the seeds may cause choking. 

Do not feed tangerine to a diabetic dog or it’ll increase his blood sugar levels. A small dog should only be fed about one portion of a tangerine, while a bigger dog can consume a few portions. Make sure the portions match your dog’s size and food intake, with his snacks not going beyond 10% of his daily calorie intake. 

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

  1. Instead of oranges, use a tangerine for this dog treat recipe!
  2. Share some fresh tangerine slices with your dog as you’re eating it. 
  3. Add tangerine to this pooch-approved ice cream.  

In summary: Tangerines are acceptable occasional treats to give to your dog. Before including this nutrient-packed citrus fruit in your dog’s diet, make sure you get your veterinarian’s approval. Let your dog try a small piece first and see what happens in the next 24 hours. Dogs with sensitive stomachs may not be able to handle tangerines. 

References: 

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

Tangerines vs. Oranges: How Are They Different?

Can My Dog Eat Tangerines?

How to Make Homemade Dog Training Treats: 10 Healthy Recipes to Try

Dog treats are not just delicious snacks you can give to your pooch in between his meals. When given correctly, dog treats can also be used to help modify your dog’s behaviour or as rewards during training sessions. In this Waldo’s Friends article, we share 10 healthy dog treat recipes you can make using human Read More...

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Dog treats are not just delicious snacks you can give to your pooch in between his meals. When given correctly, dog treats can also be used to help modify your dog’s behaviour or as rewards during training sessions. In this Waldo’s Friends article, we share 10 healthy dog treat recipes you can make using human food. This article delves into:

How many treats should you give your dog?

Limit your dog’s treats to only 10% of his daily caloric intake. Talk to your veterinarian to find out how much you can give to your pet depending on his age, his weight, and his daily activities. Also, ask for ingredient recommendations based on what your dog likes to eat, as well as existing health problems your dog might have.

What ingredients can you use for dog treats?

Some commercially sold dog treats include ingredients—artificial colouring, flavouring, additives, meat by-products, salt, and sugar to name a few—that cause more harm than good to your pet. Protect your canine’s health by purchasing treats from trusted sources (go for those that only use all-natural and nutritious ingredients), or better yet, find time to create your dog’s treats! That way, you can guarantee its freshness and nutritional content.

Before baking treats made from items found in your kitchen, go through our “Can Dogs Eat” category to make sure your pooch can consume these ingredients. Here’s a quick rundown of fruits and vegetables your dog can eat: 

  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Bell peppers
  • Blueberries 
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe 
  • Carrots 
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Kiwi
  • Lettuce 
  • Mango
  • Orange 
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pear 
  • Peas
  • Pineapple 
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon 
  • Zucchini

Remember that these fresh produce ingredients must be properly washed, peeled, chopped into bite-sized pieces, or even cooked before being served to your pet. The hard, inedible portions such as seeds, leaves, or stems must also be removed. Take note of the prescribed portions for each ingredient. Some should be served in limited quantities compared to others. You can search for any of these foods here to get a detailed idea about how to include each of them in your dog’s diet.

As with all new food being integrated into your pet’s diet, start off with a small amount to see how your dog will react to it. Your dog may suffer from food allergies or intolerances, which may be triggered by new ingredients. WebMD states that common dog allergens include beef, chicken, dairy, egg, fish, lamb, pork, rabbit, soy, and wheat. If your dog is allergic to a certain ingredient, he may manifest symptoms such as itchy skin, vomiting, or diarrhea. Hyperactivity, weight loss, lack of energy, and even aggression may also develop. To be on the safe side, do not introduce multiple novel ingredients to him at the same time. 

Homemade dog treat recipes you can try:

1 Pumpkin Peanut Butter Training Treats

Userealbutter.com shares a recipe using whole wheat flour, eggs, pumpkin purée, and peanut butter. These are combined with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. The mixture turns into dough, which can be formed into shapes, squares, or strips. Depending on your preferred baking time, they can turn into soft or hard treats. 

2 Liver Dog Training Treats

According to House That Barks, 3 pounds of thinly sliced liver is all you need to create tasty treats for your pooch. You’ll need to place these in trays then let them cook in a dehydrator for 4 to 6 hours. 

3 Peanut Butter, Banana, and Oats Training Treats

Grab a ripe banana, unsalted peanut butter, old-fashioned oats, and hot water to make this recipe by Key to My Lime. After grinding the oats, mashing the banana, combining all the ingredients, and baking the cutout pieces in the oven, you’ll end up with a homemade treat your dog won’t be able to resist!

4 Homemade Training Treats for Allergic Dogs

Kol’s Notes suggests using 1 pound of lean ground meat (or your dog’s favourite canned dog food) and water to create allergen-free training treats for your dog. These can either be cooked in a dehydrator or oven. Easy peasy!

5 Carrot Dog Biscuits

Elephantastic Vegan shares a recipe that her veggie-loving dog cannot get enough of. When mixed together and baked for 15 minutes, carrot purée, whole wheat flour, oat flour, all-purpose flour, and cinnamon powder will turn into crispy dog treats!

6 Turkey Bars

Another hypoallergenic option, this training treat recipe from DogVills uses three ingredients: ground turkey, oatmeal, and egg. Combine these in a bowl and pat into a greased loaf pan. After baking it for 30 to 35 minutes, let it cool completely before serving the thick strips to your pooch.

7 Dried Banana Dog Treats

The Crazy Dog Mom recommends slicing bananas into small bite-sized rounds, brushing them with lemon juice (to prevent browning), then baking them for 1½ hours to turn them into crunchy treats!

8 Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Take your pick from sweet potatoes or zucchinis when following this recipe by My Life Cookbook. Cut the vegetable into ⅛-inch-thick strips and pop them in the dehydrator for about 2 to 4 hours, depending on the texture you want.  

9 5 Ingredient Grain-Free Dog Treats

Use all-natural nut butter, coconut flour, organic eggs, coconut oil, and sweet potato or pumpkin purée to recreate this baked dog treat from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. You can even add shredded carrots and dried parsley to the mix!

10 Cheesy Chicken Dog Treats

As long as your dog isn’t allergic to cheese and chicken, you can try baking Wiggleworthy’s dog treats. Make sure to have all these ingredients at hand: whole wheat flour, finely grated cheddar cheese, unsweetened applesauce, shredded cooked chicken, chicken bone broth, and ground flax seed.

In conclusion

Making homemade dog training treats is an inexpensive way to provide your pooch with fresh and nutritious nibbles. Since these treats are made without preservatives, serve them to your dog as soon as possible. It’s advisable to feed them to your dog within a week, or store them in the refrigerator or freezer to prolong their shelf life. Remember that soft treats do not last as long as fully baked or dehydrated treats. 

Expand your pet parenting knowledge with more dog-related reads from our blog. Find out what reverse sneezing is or how to help an anxious dog. You can even get gift ideas for fellow dog lovers!

Can Dogs Eat Applesauce?

The short answer: Yes, but in moderation. The long answer: Apple is a fruit that dogs can safely consume. Applesauce is made up of apples that have been stewed and puréed. Though it is widely available in the market, not just any kind of applesauce can be fed to your dog. Ones flavoured with sugar Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.

The long answer: Apple is a fruit that dogs can safely consume. Applesauce is made up of apples that have been stewed and puréed. Though it is widely available in the market, not just any kind of applesauce can be fed to your dog. Ones flavoured with sugar and spices (such as cinnamon) or containing additives and preservatives must be avoided completely. 

How to feed applesauce to your dog: Serve your pooch all-natural applesauce made from organic apples. Wash the apples thoroughly before peeling, coring, and slicing into quarters. Boil the apples in water for 15 to 20 minutes, then purée in a blender or mash by hand. Strain the applesauce, and serve it warm or chilled.

Let him try a small spoonful to check how his stomach handles the applesauce. If no adverse symptoms manifest, you can increase his intake to one teaspoon a day. Limit his applesauce intake to 5 to 10% of his daily caloric intake. Too much fruit might cause gastrointestinal problems. 

As recommended by Rover and DailyPuppy, puppies should not eat applesauce because their sensitive digestive systems might not be able to handle the fruit. You can start feeding your puppy applesauce only after he’s completely weaned. 

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

  1. Purée apples with sweet potato for a smooth, lick-able treat!
  2. Make your own dog-friendly applesauce.  
  3. Try baking peanut butter and applesauce cookies.

In summary: Containing antioxidants, vitamins A and C, fiber, and calcium, unsweetened applesauce is a tasty addition to your dog’s diet. Serve it as is as a treat or mix it in his regular kibble to add flavour to his meals. 

References: 

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

Ultimate Guide to What Dogs Can Eat

Can Dogs Eat Apples?

Apple sauce

Can My Dog Eat Applesauce?

Can Puppies Eat Applesauce?

Can Dogs Eat Black Beans?

The short answer: Yes, but in moderation. The long answer: Black beans belong to the list of beans your dog can safely consume. They are great sources of plant-based protein, natural fibers, vitamins C and K, and manganese. Black beans can help burn fat, regulate blood sugar, and strengthen your pet’s immune system. Take note Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.

The long answer: Black beans belong to the list of beans your dog can safely consume. They are great sources of plant-based protein, natural fibers, vitamins C and K, and manganese. Black beans can help burn fat, regulate blood sugar, and strengthen your pet’s immune system.

Take note that the protein found in black beans does not replace the protein found in animal meat such as turkey. Therefore, black beans should only be incorporated into his meals or given as treats. The latter should only make up 10% of his dietary requirements. 

How to feed black beans to your dog: Refrain from serving your dog raw or canned beans, which are packed with additives and flavourings. It is best to feed him dried black beans that have been soaked overnight, drained completely, and cooked properly.

To wash the beans, soak them in a bowl and drain the water. Repeat the process for a few times while discarding damaged beans and debris. Leave the black beans to soak overnight. 

To cook the beans, boil then simmer them in water without any seasoning for about 1.5 hours. Make sure the black beans are soft and cool before serving them to your canine.

Here are three ideas for black bean treats your dog will love:

  1. Mix the boiled black beans with rice, meat, and vegetables for homemade dog food.
  2. Feed the cooked black beans as a reward during a training session. 
  3. Make polenta using cornmeal, black beans, carrots, and nutritional yeast.

In summary: Delicious and nutritious, black beans can be added to your list of dog-friendly human food. Fed to your pet occasionally and in small amounts, the texture and flavour of black beans will make mealtimes and snack times interesting for your pooch. 

References: 

Food dogs should not eat and some they should

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

Ultimate Guide to What Dogs Can Eat

Can Dogs Eat Black Beans?

Can My Dog Eat Black Beans?

Can Dogs Eat Almond Butter?

The short answer: It depends. The long answer: Almonds are not recommended for dogs because they can cause physical obstructions in the airway or stomach. However, when blended and creamed into almond butter, it may be occasionally eaten by your dog as a treat just like peanut butter.   There are risks to letting your dog Read More...

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The short answer: It depends.

The long answer: Almonds are not recommended for dogs because they can cause physical obstructions in the airway or stomach. However, when blended and creamed into almond butter, it may be occasionally eaten by your dog as a treat just like peanut butter.  

There are risks to letting your dog eat almond butter. Some dogs cannot digest almonds properly, so check with your vet before attempting to feed him this type of butter. Another factor is the high fat content, which may lead to pancreatitis in the long run. Store-bought almond butter may also contain ingredients (such as cinnamon, salt, sugar, or the toxic sweetener xylitol) that are not good for your dog. 

If you plan on feeding your dog almond butter, it’s best to make your own unflavoured batch or buy from a trusted source. This way, you can be sure of the ingredients used. Give him just one teaspoon of almond butter to hide his medicine or distract him as you clip his nails

What to do if your dog accidentally eats almond butter: Check the list of ingredients found in the almond butter he consumed. Contact your vet immediately if it contains ingredients that are harmful for your dog. Observe your canine pet for symptoms of poisoning such as vomiting, lack of coordination, weakness, staggering, collapsing, and/or seizures. 

In summary: Though almond butter is packed with vitamin E, magnesium, copper, vitamin B2, and phosphorus, it is advisable not to feed this to your dog regularly. As long as your pet isn’t allergic to this type of nut, you can occasionally give him all-natural almond butter as a treat!  

References:

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

Can Dogs Eat Almonds?

Are Nut Butters Safe for Dogs?

Almond Butter Vs. Peanut Butter for Dogs

Can My Dog Eat Almond Butter?

Can Dogs Eat White Chocolate?

The short answer: It is not recommended. The long answer: Though not as potent as milk or dark chocolate, white chocolate still contains the component theobromine, which is harmful for dogs. The poison levels vary depending on your dog’s size, how many grams of chocolate he consumes, and what kind of chocolate he eats in Read More...

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The short answer: It is not recommended.

The long answer: Though not as potent as milk or dark chocolate, white chocolate still contains the component theobromine, which is harmful for dogs. The poison levels vary depending on your dog’s size, how many grams of chocolate he consumes, and what kind of chocolate he eats in one go. The darker and less sweet the chocolate is, the more harmful it is for your pooch. 

In the case of white chocolate, your pooch needs to eat a substantial amount to suffer from chocolate toxicity. Signs include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even heart attack. Feeding your dog white chocolate can also result in long-term health problems such as pancreatitis, diabetes, weight gain, and/or urinary tract infection.

What to do if your dog accidentally eats white chocolate: A small piece of white chocolate won’t harm your dog. For larger amounts, observe him for signs of vomiting, diarrhea, severe agitation, tachycardia (elevated heart rate), abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, seizures, and collapse. Take him to the emergency clinic if he exhibits any of these symptoms, so the vet can treat him accordingly.

However, if he consumed white chocolate mixed with nuts, identify which nuts were present in the bar and call your veterinarian immediately. Walnuts, pistachios, and macadamia nuts contain toxic elements that should not be consumed by your dog. 


In summary:
If you’re thinking of giving your dog a sweet treat, you’re better off giving him naturally sweet fruits such as apples, bananas, strawberries, and mangoes. Though the theobromine content in white chocolate is not as worrisome as milk or dark chocolate, its fat and sugar levels can still create lasting health complications for your pooch.

References:

Can Dogs Eat Chocolate?

Toxic and Dangerous Foods Your Dogs Should Never Eat

Can Dogs Eat White Chocolate?

Ultimate Guide to What Dogs Can Eat

Is Chocolate Poisonous to Dogs?

Can Dogs Eat Seaweed?

The short answer: It depends. The long answer: Seaweed is the common name for several species of macroscopic, multicellular, marine algae that are packed with iodine, iron, and potassium. Whether in the form of kelp or nori (dried Japanese seaweed), seaweed is a safe snack for dogs to eat as long as they don’t contain Read More...

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The short answer: It depends.

The long answer: Seaweed is the common name for several species of macroscopic, multicellular, marine algae that are packed with iodine, iron, and potassium. Whether in the form of kelp or nori (dried Japanese seaweed), seaweed is a safe snack for dogs to eat as long as they don’t contain salt or spices that are harmful for him. Unseasoned nori sheets can actually be used as dog training treats, while kelp can be found in pet supplements.      

On the other hand, dried wild seaweed should not be eaten by your dog while you are by the seashore. These may contain too much salt, foreign bodies (such as a hidden jellyfish), and unknown pollutants that could cause him harm. When consumed, the seaweed can also expand in your pooch’s belly and cause him pain. Vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite are some of the common symptoms of wild seaweed poisoning. 

How to feed seaweed to your dog: Try serving your pup a small piece or amount of seaweed, and watch how his body handles it. It is recommended that you serve the seaweed in ground form. When feeding nori, check the package to make sure the sheets do not contain high amounts of salt or ingredients such as onions and garlic. Cut up the sheets into smaller one-inch squares to control his consumption. 

Do not feed him unprocessed seaweed strips because these may cause blockage in his digestive system.  

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

  1. Boost your pooch’s immune system with banana kelp treats
  2. Place a sprinkle of seaweed supplement over your dog’s food.
  3. Add flavour to your homemade chicken jerky with nori.   

In summary: Talk to your veterinarian to make sure your dog can safely eat seaweed. Added to his diet, seaweed can be a great source of iron, magnesium, iodine, potassium, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin B12. While strolling on the beach, keep your canine on a leash to prevent him from munching on dried wild seaweed.

References: 

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

10 Super Foods For You and Your Dog

Can My Dog Eat Seaweed?

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