Safe and dangerous foods (+tips for feeding)
Healthy foods for the dogs:
𝟏. 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 - 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!
𝟐. 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐬 - low calorie, high in fibre and vitamin A. Good for the teeth.
𝟑. 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐞𝐬𝐞 - 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.
𝟒. 𝐂𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐧 - you can mix with your dog regular food, or it can be the replacement is you are run out of your food.
𝟓. 𝐄𝐠𝐠𝐬 - the scrambled egg is a good protein boost—Source of easily digestible riboflavin and selenium.
𝟔. 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐬 - low in calories. Choose a non-salted one.
𝟕. 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫 - 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.
𝟖. 𝐎𝐚𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐥 - 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.
𝟗. 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐲 - improve your dog breath. Good source of calcium, potassium and beta-carotene.
𝟏𝟎. 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐭 𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 - 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.
𝟏𝟏. 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐬 - the source of vitamin B Thiamin, phosphorous and potassium.
𝟏𝟐. 𝐏𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐞 - Source of calcium and potassium. Contains mostly sugars but frozen pineapple can be a good treat for your dog in the summer.
𝟏𝟑. 𝐏𝐮𝐦𝐩𝐤𝐢𝐧 - Source of fibre as vitamin A. Can help keep the GI tract moving and can aid with digestive issues.
𝟏𝟒. 𝐑𝐢𝐜𝐞 - Good meal if your dog has an upset tummy and needs a bland meal. Source of energy, easily digestible carbohydrate.
𝟏𝟓. 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐦𝐨𝐧 - Source of Omega 3 fatty acids - keeping your dog coat healthy and shiny and supporting your dog immune system.
𝟏𝟔. 𝐘𝐨𝐠𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐭 - 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:
𝟏. 𝐀𝐯𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐨 - has persin, which is a fungicidal toxin. It’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.
𝟐. 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞 - 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.
𝟑. 𝐅𝐚𝐭 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠s 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐁𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬 - its can cause pancreatitis in dogs. Bones can also splinter and block or cause cuts in your dog's digestive system.
𝟒. 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐑𝐚𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐬 - it can cause kidney failure in dogs. Vomiting is the first sign. Within a day, your dog will get sluggish and depressed.
𝟓. 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐚 𝐍𝐮𝐭𝐬 - can make a dog sick. Symptoms are muscle shakes, vomiting, high temperature, and weakness in his back legs.
𝟔. 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐤 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐎𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐃𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐲 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬 - it can cause diarrhoea and digestive problems or allergies.
𝟕. 𝐎𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐆𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐢𝐜 - they can kill the blood cells, causing anaemia. Symptoms are weakness, vomiting, and breathing problems.
𝟖. 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐬, 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐬 - 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.
𝟗. 𝐑𝐚𝐰 𝐄𝐠𝐠𝐬 - There's the chance of food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli.
𝟏𝟎. 𝐑𝐚𝐰 𝐌𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐅𝐢𝐬𝐡 - 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.
𝟏𝟏. 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐭 - Symptoms of too much salt include vomiting, diarrhoea, depression, tremors, high temperature, and seizures. It may even cause death.
𝟏𝟐. 𝐒𝐮𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐬 - It can make your dog overweight and cause problems with her teeth. It can even lead to diabetes.
𝟏𝟑. 𝐗𝐲𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐥 - It can cause your dog's blood sugar to drop and liver failure. Early symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and coordination problems.
𝟏𝟒. 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐃𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 - 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