Category: Dog food

Can Dogs Eat Fish?

The short answer: It depends. The long answer: Fish can be included in your dog’s diet as a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and vitamin B12. However, there are some important considerations you must take note of before you let him eat fish. First, make sure you only offer your dog Read More...

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The short answer: It depends.

The long answer: Fish can be included in your dog’s diet as a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and vitamin B12. However, there are some important considerations you must take note of before you let him eat fish. First, make sure you only offer your dog small-sized, short-lived fish such as flounder, salmon, pike, ocean whitefish, lake whitefish, herring, walleye, and Arctic char. These are fish that are commonly included in dog food and tend to have less metal content in their soft meat. (Tuna and swordfish should be avoided.)

Another important factor is to make sure your dog only eats fresh fish that has been cleaned and cooked properly. Debone the fish thoroughly so that your dog doesn’t accidentally swallow any fish bones. These could become a choking hazard or cause tears in his throat or stomach lining. When cooking fish for your dog, never add butter, salt, sauces, or seasonings that may upset his stomach or cause pancreatitis. Raw or undercooked fish may contain bacteria such as salmonella and listeria, which may enter your dog’s body and also infect humans. 

What to do if your dog accidentally eats fish that is raw, spoiled, or infected with parasite: Bring him to the vet if he displays any of the following symptoms: fever, shock, weight loss, lethargy, loss of blood, vomiting, and unexplainable on-off loose bowel movement which lasts for weeks. It should be noted, however, that not all dogs infected with bacteria will display said symptoms. 

In summary: Be sure to get your vet’s go signal before feeding fish to your dog. You want to make sure it will enhance his diet and give his body the appropriate nutrients he needs. Take note that younger pups and senior dogs are at higher risk of getting salmonella because of their weaker immune systems, so be wary of serving them fish.

References:

Food dogs should not eat and some they should

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

Can Dogs Eat Fish and Tuna Fish?

Can Dogs Eat Fish and Seafood?

Can Dogs Eat Seafood? Benefits and Risks

Can Dogs Eat Pork?

The short answer: It is not recommended. The long answer: Though cooked pork is safe for dogs to eat, it should be done with caution. The cooked pork you serve him should be properly grilled, steamed, or boiled. Undercooked or raw pork may contain roundworm parasites that may attach to your dog’s muscles for years. Read More...

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The short answer: It is not recommended.

The long answer: Though cooked pork is safe for dogs to eat, it should be done with caution. The cooked pork you serve him should be properly grilled, steamed, or boiled. Undercooked or raw pork may contain roundworm parasites that may attach to your dog’s muscles for years. Puppies are reported to be at higher risk of trichinosis infection, manifesting symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, muscle stiffness, muscle inflammation, and gastrointestinal upset. 

Aside from being cooked thoroughly, the pork you serve your dog should not have sauces, spices, or seasonings that may cause digestive problems, nor should it be processed or cured as these pork products may be high in salt. Pork rib bones and fat trimmings are also big no-nos. The former can break into small pieces that can damage your dog’s mouth, throat, or intestines, while the latter can result in pancreatitis. Symptoms of this inflammation includes vomiting, loss of appetite, and/or abdominal pain.

What to do if your dog accidentally eats pork: Observe your pet for any unusual symptoms or behaviour. If you notice anything strange, bring him to the vet immediately. Your vet will most likely run tests to check if your dog is suffering from a parasite infection or pancreatitis, then prescribe the right medication.   

In summary: As long as you choose the lean portion of the meat and cook it correctly, pork may be an excellent source of iron, thiamine, zinc, niacin, B6, riboflavin, and B12 for your dog. Regularly feeding him raw, undercooked, or highly flavoured pork may cause lasting damage to his digestive and muscular systems.

References:

Can Dogs Eat Pork or Rib Bones?

Pork Roundworm Infection in Dogs

Healthy People Foods Your Dog Can Eat

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

Can Dogs Eat Tuna?

The short answer: No. The long answer: Tuna is a type of fish that lives longer compared to other fish, leading it to store high levels of mercury and metals in its body. Feeding tuna to your dog might lead to mercury poisoning, which can damage to his nervous system, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. Read More...

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The short answer: No.

The long answer: Tuna is a type of fish that lives longer compared to other fish, leading it to store high levels of mercury and metals in its body. Feeding tuna to your dog might lead to mercury poisoning, which can damage to his nervous system, cardiovascular system, and digestive system.

Consumed in its raw form, tuna may also contain parasites that can cause fever, vomiting, swollen lymph nodes, or even death. This raw fish may also have bones that are hard to see and take out. These might tear your dog’s throat lining as he eats the uncooked fish.

Feeding canned tuna to your dog can also present health problems. Canned tuna in oil may have sauces, spices, and herbs that are dangerous for your dog, while canned tuna in water may be high in salt. Letting him eat canned tuna on a regular basis might cause weight gain, pancreatitis, and/or bloating

What to do if your dog accidentally eats tuna: Symptoms of mercury poisoning does not manifest immediately, but watch for common symptoms in your dog such as anxiety, vomiting, bleeding, and watery stool. Let your veterinarian know about how much tuna your dog has consumed, so that he can recommend the best course of action. Tests may be done depending on the gravity of the situation. 

In summary: Though tuna is a lean protein packed with vitamin B and omega-3 fatty acids, it’s best to keep your dog away from it, whether it is in its raw, cooked, or canned form. You would be more at ease knowing that your dog isn’t consuming something that may have high levels or mercury, parasites, or other harmful ingredients.

References:

Food dogs should not eat and some they should

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

Can Dogs Eat Fish and Tuna Fish?

Is Tuna Good For Dogs?

Mercury Poisoning in Dogs

Can Dogs Eat Garlic?

The short answer: No.  The long answer: Think twice before letting your dog sniff through the raw ingredients in your kitchen as he may accidentally take an interest in your raw garlic cloves. Belonging to the allium species, garlic contains N-propyl disulfide that is highly toxic for dogs. It is said to be five times Read More...

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The short answer: No. 

The long answer: Think twice before letting your dog sniff through the raw ingredients in your kitchen as he may accidentally take an interest in your raw garlic cloves. Belonging to the allium species, garlic contains N-propyl disulfide that is highly toxic for dogs. It is said to be five times more potent than onions and leeks. If your dog consumes garlic, it may cause gastrointestinal distress and damage to his red blood cells, resulting in anemia. 

Fresh, cooked, dried, or powdered garlic will deliver the same toxic effects to your dog. If you prepare garlic and other allium variants in the kitchen, make sure to dispose of your trash properly. Also, refrain from feeding dishes or soups that contain garlic to your dog. 

What to do if your dog accidentally eats garlic: Schedule a visit to your vet immediately. A small amount of garlic may not affect a large-sized dog, but the same amount may affect a small-sized dog immediately. Observe for signs of lethargy, drooling, nausea, weakness, lack of coordination, vomiting, pale gums, increased heart rate, labored breathing, discolored urine, and abdominal pain. Depending on the level of garlic poisoning, your vet may recommend administering intravenous fluids, oxygen therapy, or blood transfusion.

In summary: Garlic is highly poisonous to dogs. In small amounts, it can cause pain by inflaming his stomach and intestines. Repeated consumption of this vegetable may cause irreparable damage to your dog’s cardiovascular system and/or digestive system, or may even lead to death.  

References:

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

Pet Poison Helpline: Garlic

Are Onions and Garlic Bad for Your Dog?

Can Dogs Eat Nuts?

The short answer: It is not recommended. The long answer: There are a few nut varieties that your dog can enjoy (peanuts and cashews, to name a few), but there are more types that are dangerous for his well-being. Macadamias, for one, contain an undetermined toxin that may cause your dog to display any of Read More...

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The short answer: It is not recommended.

The long answer: There are a few nut varieties that your dog can enjoy (peanuts and cashews, to name a few), but there are more types that are dangerous for his well-being. Macadamias, for one, contain an undetermined toxin that may cause your dog to display any of the following symptoms within 12 hours of consumption: weakness, tremors, loss of muscle control, vomiting, hyperthermia, fever, and/or depression. Just six pieces of these can make your dog unwell. Walnuts, on the other hand, are large nuts that can block your dog’s airway or intestine. If they have been out for a long time, they may also contain molds  that can trigger epileptic seizures. 

Nuts are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids and protein, so it’s best to consult with your vet if your dog really needs it. If your doctor recommends that you include it in your dog’s diet, be sure to regulate how much he eats. You don’t want your pooch to become too fond of its taste and texture. A dog with a sensitive stomach or pancreatitis might vomit or have diarrhea if you feed him too much nuts. 

What to do if your dog accidentally eats nuts: If you suspect that your dog ate some nuts, call your veterinarian or bring him to the clinic immediately. The treatment will depend on what kind of nut he has eaten, how much he has consumed, and other ingredients present with the nut he ate such as salt, sugar coating, or chocolate. 

In summary: It’s best not to feed nuts to your dog, especially if you’re not sure they’re safe for him. Be careful how you store your nuts and where you eat them (i.e. on the couch), so that your dog doesn’t have easy access to them. Also, dispose of the hard shells properly. The sharp edges might accidentally tear your dog’s soft throat or stomach lining if he consumes them the wrong way.

References:

Food dogs should not eat and some they should

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

The Dog Owner’s Guide to Nuts and Seeds

People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet

Toxic and Dangerous Foods Your Dogs Should Never Eat

Are Macadamia Nuts Toxic to Dogs?

Can Dogs Eat Raspberries?

The short answer: Yes. The long answer: Raspberries are soft, healthy fruits that your dog will enjoy snacking on. This sweet and tart fruit can come in a gamut of colours, like red, black, yellow, and purple. They contain powerful antioxidants and flavonoids that protect your dog’s body against cell damage, joint pain, and heart-related Read More...

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The short answer: Yes.

The long answer: Raspberries are soft, healthy fruits that your dog will enjoy snacking on. This sweet and tart fruit can come in a gamut of colours, like red, black, yellow, and purple. They contain powerful antioxidants and flavonoids that protect your dog’s body against cell damage, joint pain, and heart-related diseases. They’re also valuable sources of vitamins B and C.  

Raspberries can be enjoyed by both young pups and old dogs since they provide health benefits for all age groups. However, dogs should only have raspberries occasionally and in small quantities because they contain fructose that can upset their stomach or make them gain unnecessary weight. Small- to medium-sized dogs should only eat about three to six pieces in one day, while large-sized dogs can enjoy about six to 10 pieces in one day.    

How to feed raspberries to your dog: Wash the raspberries thoroughly. Take out the leaves and stems, as well as overly ripe or squished fruits. Feed the raspberries to your pet one at a time and observe how he reacts to eating them. 

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

  1. Freeze unflavoured yogurt with raspberries in an ice tray, then serve a cube to your pup when it gets hot. 
  2. Raspberry pumpkin pupcakes will be a hit at your next pawty! 
  3. Make a refreshing slushed drink out of blended raspberries and pineapple.  

In summary: Raspberries can be fed to your dog as a light afternoon snack or as an occasional reward. Though they are packed with countless vitamins and nutrients, they should not be used to replace the nutrients your dog should receive from his protein-rich diet. 

References: 

Food dogs should not eat and some they should

Can Dogs Eat Raspberries?

Can Dogs Have Raspberries?

Health Benefits of Raspberries

Can Dogs Eat Sweet Potatoes?

The short answer: Yes. The long answer: Your dog will benefit from eating sweet potatoes. These starchy root vegetables contain high amounts of vitamin A (helps keep your dog’s eyes, coat, skin, muscles, and nerves healthy), vitamin C (improves your dog’s immune system), and fiber (aids in your dog’s digestion). As long as they’re not Read More...

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The short answer: Yes.

The long answer: Your dog will benefit from eating sweet potatoes. These starchy root vegetables contain high amounts of vitamin A (helps keep your dog’s eyes, coat, skin, muscles, and nerves healthy), vitamin C (improves your dog’s immune system), and fiber (aids in your dog’s digestion).

As long as they’re not cooked with harmful flavourings such as sugar, salt, or butter, sweet potatoes can be eaten by your dog regularly. They’re usually mixed into dog food or treats since they’re are gluten-free, carbohydrate-rich, and easily digestible. Owners with dogs that are diabetic, overweight, or less active should consult with their vet before incorporating sweet potatoes into their dog’s diet because of its high glycemic index.  

How to feed sweet potatoes to your dog: Wash the sweet potatoes properly. Peel off the skin before steaming, boiling, or baking them. Never feed your dog raw and unpeeled sweet potatoes. Once cooked, you can cut it up into smaller pieces, mash it, or mix it with other vegetables and protein before feeding it to your pooch.  

Here are three ideas for sweet potato treats your dog will love:

  1. Dehydrated sweet potato dog chews are tasty treats you can give as a reward.
  2. Create a holiday casserole for your dog using sweet potatoes, fruits, and kidney beans!
  3. Your dog will love the smell and taste of these sweet potato dog biscuits.

In summary: Sweet potatoes are a welcome addition to your dog’s diet. Consumed properly, they will provide your pup with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that will improve his overall health. Ask your vet about how much sweet potatoes you should feed to your dog in each meal.

References: 

Food dogs should not eat and some they should

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

Healthy Foods Checklist: Sweet Potatoes For Dogs

Can Dogs Eat Rice?

The short answer: Yes. The long answer: Though it’s generally okay for your dog to eat rice, choose to feed him brown rice over white rice. Brown rice is a whole grain that contains high amounts of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Meanwhile, white rice is a refined grain that has gone through a more Read More...

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The short answer: Yes.

The long answer: Though it’s generally okay for your dog to eat rice, choose to feed him brown rice over white rice. Brown rice is a whole grain that contains high amounts of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Meanwhile, white rice is a refined grain that has gone through a more rigorous process. Its bran and germ has been removed, making it less nutritious than brown rice.

There are some instances in which feeding white rice is encouraged. Some vets recommend letting your dog eat white rice with boiled chicken when he’s experiencing stomach problems such as gas, constipation, or vomiting.      

How to feed rice to your dog: Rinse the rice grains before cooking them. Boil the right amount of rice with clean water. Refrain from including cooking oils or seasonings to add flavour to your rice. Serve it to your dog warm or cold, but always cooked. Try different meats and veggies to go with the rice, and see which one your dog enjoys eating the most. 

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

  1. Go for this nutritious meal made of brown rice, ground chicken, and veggies!
  2. Relieve your pup’s upset stomach with a trusty bowl of boiled white rice and unflavoured chicken chopped into small chunks. 
  3. Try this easy beef and veggie meal using a slow cooker.

In summary: Your dog can enjoy a satisfying bowl of cooked brown or white rice to complement his daily dose of protein and vegetables. Manganese, magnesium, and niacin are just some of the minerals and nutrients he can get from eating this filling grain. 

Speak to your veterinarian before including rice in your dog’s regular meals. You want to make sure that it’ll benefit his body in the long run.

References:

Food dogs should not eat and some they should

Toxic and Dangerous Foods Your Dogs Should Never Eat

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

Can Dogs Eat Rice?

Top 20 healthy homemade dog food recipes your dog will love

Brown vs White Rice – Which Is Better For Your Health?

Can Dogs Eat Pistachios?

The short answer: No. The long answer: Pistachios are not toxic to dogs, but are best avoided for many reasons. Since this type of nut has a hard shell, jagged shape, and small size, your dog might ingest it as a whole. This could lead to choking, throat injury, or intestinal blockage.   Dogs don’t digest Read More...

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The short answer: No.

The long answer: Pistachios are not toxic to dogs, but are best avoided for many reasons. Since this type of nut has a hard shell, jagged shape, and small size, your dog might ingest it as a whole. This could lead to choking, throat injury, or intestinal blockage.  

Dogs don’t digest nuts well, and eating them on a regular basis or in large quantities in one sitting can cause gastrointestinal distress, obesity, or pancreatitis—possibly due to the high salt or phosphorus content found in them. Plus, pistachios may contain Aspergillus mold which could cause damage to your dog’s liver.  

What to do if your dog accidentally eats pistachios: If your dog eats one or two pieces, it shouldn’t be a problem. Just keep an eye on him to make sure he’s okay. 

If he consumes a considerable amount of pistachios in one sitting, observe for signs of dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, and greasy stools. Look out for jaundice, lethargy, liver failure, loss of appetite, and vomiting for possible aflatoxin poisoning caused by the Aspergillus mold. If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms, take him to the vet immediately. 

In summary: Refrain from feeding your dog pistachios. You wouldn’t want him to grow fond of this high-protein human snack that can cause his body more harm than good. If you really feel the need to feed him nuts, go for unsalted peanuts, almonds, and cashews served without any shells. 

References:

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

Pistachio Poisoning in Dogs

Can My Dog Eat Pistachios?

The Dog Owner’s Guide to Nuts and Seeds

Which Nuts are Dangerous to Dogs?

Can Dogs Eat Asparagus?

The short answer: Yes, but with caution. The long answer: Asparagus is chock-full of nutrients such as vitamins C, K, and E, folate, beta-carotene, and manganese. High in fiber but low in calories, this light green vegetable can be consumed by your dog to fight against eye problems and promote healthy organ function. However, there Read More...

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The short answer: Yes, but with caution.

The long answer: Asparagus is chock-full of nutrients such as vitamins C, K, and E, folate, beta-carotene, and manganese. High in fiber but low in calories, this light green vegetable can be consumed by your dog to fight against eye problems and promote healthy organ function.

However, there are some risks involved in feeding asparagus to your dog. For one, raw asparagus may be tough for some dogs to eat, especially the younger ones. The hard stalks may be a choking hazard, they may also give him gas or cause indigestion. 

Another possible issue is that the scent of your pet’s pee will change, making him want to avoid his pee or going in his usual spot. Don’t be alarmed with the distinct, sulfur-like smell though. This is normal due to the asparagusic acid your dog flushes out, and happens to us humans when we eat asparagus as well.

How to feed asparagus to your dog: Asparagus should be served to your dog as a treat and not as a part of his regular diet. Because of the tough shoots, it is best to grill or boil them with no added seasonings or heavy sauces. Poke a fork through the shoots to check if they’re soft enough. 

Before serving asparagus to your dog, chop the shoots into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Serve him one piece and see if he’ll be able to consume it without difficulty before giving him the rest. 

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

  1. Here’s a homemade dog food recipe using beef, asparagus, and peas.
  2. Add a bit of flavor to your dog’s boiled asparagus by adding a drop of olive oil or flaxseed oil. The oil will help condition his coat and skin! 
  3. Create delicious and nutritious turkey meatballs with chopped asparagus in them.

In summary: Asparagus may not be the perfect vegetable for pups who have a hard time chewing or digesting hard food. Boiling or grilling it gives your dog a chance to expand his vegetable choices and try new textures. Its high fiber content is also great for dogs who are trying to shed some weight.

References:

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

Can Dogs Eat Asparagus – A Guide to Asparagus for Dogs

Is Asparagus Safe for Dogs?

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