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Safe and dangerous foods (+tips for feeding)

Healthy foods for the dogs:

๐Ÿ. ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฌ - help to clean a dog's teeth, helps to freshen the breath. Good source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Make sure to remove the seeds and the core before feeding your dog!

๐Ÿ. ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐ฌ - low calorie, high in fibre and vitamin A. Good for the teeth.

๐Ÿ‘. ๐‚๐ก๐ž๐ž๐ฌ๐ž - make sure your dog isn't lactose intolerant, always give a small amount and monitor the reaction. Opt for low or reduced-fat varieties - high in fat, so don't overfeed. Cottage cheese is a good choice.

๐Ÿ’. ๐‚๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ค๐ž๐ง - you can mix with your dog regular food, or it can be the replacement is you are run out of your food.

๐Ÿ“. ๐„๐ ๐ ๐ฌ - the scrambled egg is a good protein boostโ€”Source of easily digestible riboflavin and selenium.

๐Ÿ”. ๐†๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐›๐ž๐š๐ง๐ฌ - low in calories. Choose a non-salted one.

๐Ÿ•. ๐‹๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ - it's a great training treat. The fresh liver can be cooked or baked to make your own liver treat. Source of B vitamins (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Folic acid), vitamin A and vitamin K and Iron. Too much liver can be toxic for the dogs, so the best limit is 1 g fresh liver/kg body weight per day.

๐Ÿ–. ๐Ž๐š๐ญ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ฅ - Source of soluble fibre. Good alternate grain for the dogs who have wheat allergy. Cook before giving it to your dog. No added sugar or flavour additives.

๐Ÿ—. ๐๐š๐ซ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฒ - improve your dog breath. Good source of calcium, potassium and beta-carotene.

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ. ๐๐ž๐š๐ง๐ฎ๐ญ ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ - Healthy, high protein treat for your dog. Source of protein, heart-healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin and vitamin E. Choose raw, unsalted peanut butter. Make sure you are not using the sugar-free or lite product because xylitol can be toxic for the dogs.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ. ๐๐ž๐š๐ฌ - the source of vitamin B Thiamin, phosphorous and potassium.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ. ๐๐ข๐ง๐ž๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž - Source of calcium and potassium. Contains mostly sugars but frozen pineapple can be a good treat for your dog in the summer.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘. ๐๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ค๐ข๐ง - Source of fibre as vitamin A. Can help keep the GI tract moving and can aid with digestive issues.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’. ๐‘๐ข๐œ๐ž - Good meal if your dog has an upset tummy and needs a bland meal. Source of energy, easily digestible carbohydrate.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“. ๐’๐š๐ฅ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง - Source of Omega 3 fatty acids - keeping your dog coat healthy and shiny and supporting your dog immune system.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”. ๐˜๐จ๐ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ - Source of calcium and protein. Make sure to choose without added sugar or artificial sweeteners. With active bacteria can act as a probiotic, so it's good for the digestive system.

Dangerous foods for the dogs:

๐Ÿ. ๐€๐ฏ๐จ๐œ๐š๐๐จ - has persin, which is a fungicidal toxin. Itโ€™s not dangerous for the humans (someone can be allergic) but too much can cause vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs. Persin is in the seed, leaves and bark as well. Also, the seed can become stuck in the intestines or stomach; it could be fatal.

๐Ÿ. ๐‚๐ก๐จ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž - The problem in chocolate is theobromine. The most dangerous types are dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate. It can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Also, heart problems, tremors, seizures and death.

๐Ÿ‘. ๐…๐š๐ญ ๐“๐ซ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ s ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ - its can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Bones can also splinter and block or cause cuts in your dog's digestive system.

๐Ÿ’. ๐†๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‘๐š๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ - it can cause kidney failure in dogs. Vomiting is the first sign. Within a day, your dog will get sluggish and depressed.

๐Ÿ“. ๐Œ๐š๐œ๐š๐๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐š ๐๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ - can make a dog sick. Symptoms are muscle shakes, vomiting, high temperature, and weakness in his back legs.

๐Ÿ”. ๐Œ๐ข๐ฅ๐ค ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ƒ๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ฒ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ - it can cause diarrhoea and digestive problems or allergies.

๐Ÿ•. ๐Ž๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐†๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ - they can kill the blood cells, causing anaemia. Symptoms are weakness, vomiting, and breathing problems.

๐Ÿ–. ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ, ๐๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฌ - the problems are the seeds and pits. Seeds from persimmons can block the intestines. Peach and plum pits also have cyanide, which is poisonous to people and dogs.

๐Ÿ—. ๐‘๐š๐ฐ ๐„๐ ๐ ๐ฌ - There's the chance of food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli.

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ. ๐‘๐š๐ฐ ๐Œ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐…๐ข๐ฌ๐ก - it can have bacteria that cause food poisoning. Some fish such as salmon, trout, shad, or sturgeon can also have a parasite. The first signs are vomiting, fever, and big lymph nodes.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ. ๐’๐š๐ฅ๐ญ - Symptoms of too much salt include vomiting, diarrhoea, depression, tremors, high temperature, and seizures. It may even cause death.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ. ๐’๐ฎ๐ ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐…๐จ๐จ๐๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ƒ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ฌ - It can make your dog overweight and cause problems with her teeth. It can even lead to diabetes.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘. ๐—๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐จ๐ฅ - It can cause your dog's blood sugar to drop and liver failure. Early symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and coordination problems.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’. ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก - it swells inside the stomach, which stretches the abdomen and causes a lot of pain. Also, when the yeast ferments the dough to make it rise, it makes alcohol that can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Few things about food and treats:

  • do not buy too many brands (choose only maximum two brands and give that to your dog)

  • If you would like to change your dog's diet, do step by step, mix the old food with a bit new one and increase the amount of the new one, until the old one is gone. If you change suddenly your dog's diet can cause diarrhoea and vomiting.

  • do not buy the shops' brand dog food (Tesco, Asda, Wilko..etc) - these are the lowest quality foods

  • good brands are Hills, Royal Canin, Purina, Eukanuba, Lily's Kitchen, Platinum.etc

  • as a treat, most of the top brands have a treat package of their foods, but you can buy any of the excellent quality treats (for example: Dog Gone Fishin' Baked Dog treats, Purina Adventuros Dog treats, Yakers Crunchy Dog treats), the same as in with the regular foods do not buy too many brands

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