One of the enduring cliches of dog ownership is the frequent begging for table scraps. When sitting down to their meals, many owners are met with the pleading stares of their dogs looking for snacks, either handed out or accidentally dropped. Fortunately, our canine companions are able to consume and digest a fairly wide variety of “people food” even though they’re technically carnivores. But indulgent dog lovers want to know: what are some of the better food choices one can make when it comes to sharing a bite with a hungry mutt? Here are 10 foods that are good for you and for man’s best friend.
Some dog owners like to put a bit of peanut butter on the roofs of their dogs’ mouths because it’s funny to watch a dog smack its lips to get the sticky treat into its hungry belly. Fortunately, peanut butter is safe (and delicious) for dogs to eat. And because dogs are generally quite fond of peanut butter, it can be used to conceal yucky medicine. It almost goes without saying that your dog is best off eating natural, unprocessed peanut butter without added salt, sugar and preservatives. (And that goes for you too.)
Cheese is one of those foods that most of us can agree on. Almost everyone loves at least some cheeses, and you probably have a few lactose-intolerant friends who lament the one thing they really miss eating is cheese. Well, the same is true for dogs. They’re usually eager to gobble up some cheese, and generally it’s perfectly safe. But like us, dogs can be prone to lactose intolerance, so tread lightly. Cottage cheese is a good choice because it’s gentle on sensitive tummies.
Yogurt is one of the best treats you can give dogs for the same reasons it’s so often recommended to humans: it’s packed to the rafters with probiotics, vitamins, protein, calcium, riboflavin, zinc and potassium. But be as judicious with selecting yogurt for your dog as you should be with yourself. Avoid yogurts that are chock-full of sugar, preservatives and other additives. By the same token, fat-free yogurt is an acceptable option for dieting dogs, but be careful not to choose a brand that replaces the fat with an artificial fat substitute. All-natural is the name of the game here.
Summer is almost upon us and our dogs are just as excited as we are for warm weather, fun in the sun, playing at the beach and stuffing our faces with juicy, delicious watermelon. Yes, dogs can eat watermelon. Other melons are good for dogs to eat too, but stick to the familiar fruit-salad basics like watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe instead of anything exotic that you might find.
You’re barely out of bed and your furry pal is already at your feet, giving you those puppy-dog eyes, looking for handouts. Is it safe to share a handful of the blueberries you’re adding to your morning cereal? It’s more than safe; it’s downright healthy. Fresh or frozen, berries are good for dogs for the same reasons they’re good for us: they’re packed with vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals. But don’t share too much, because dogs are just as prone as we are to the digestive discomfort that can come from berry overindulgence.
When it comes to “people food” for our pets, fish is typically thought of as a favorite meal of cats, and that’s true, but it doesn’t mean dogs can’t also enjoy the health benefits of some fresh, delicious salmon. The fish is a great source of protein, and it boasts a ton of omega-3 fatty acids which promote a strong immune system, healthy skin and a shiny coat. And if your family has both dogs and cats in the home, that’s all the more reason to stay stocked up on this nutritional powerhouse.
“Eat a green thing every day” is an age-old dietary tip that stands for people and their dogs alike. Getting your kids to eat green beans can be an ongoing battle, but your dog will probably wolf them right down. You already know that green beans are nutritious because they’re full of vitamins, minerals and fiber, and since they’re so low in calories too, they make a great weight-management snack for dogs that have put on a few extra pounds.
Sweet potatoes are a wonderful, cost-efficient treat you can share with your dogs. These sweet spuds have got fiber, vitamins and carotenoids up the wazoo. What’s the best way to prepare them for canine consumption? You wouldn’t want to eat sweet potatoes raw, and neither would your pooch. Serve them up in a dog bowl cooked, mashed or even dehydrated. Just don’t add salt or butter.
Carrots are an excellent choice of a vegetable snack for dogs. Dogs love to chow down on carrots because they’re sweet and delicious, and they’re healthy because of all the vitamins, fiber and potassium they carry. As a bonus, carrots are great for canine dental health too. Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker suggests baby carrots as a snack to help remove plaque from your dog’s teeth and keep its breath fresh and pleasant.
Yes, pumpkin. Like its orange friends, sweet potatoes and carrots, pumpkin is bursting with vitamins, beta carotene and fiber. It’s also low in calories, and you can feed it to a tummy-aching dog to settle its stomach or help relieve diarrhea. As always, fresh is best. If you really must buy the canned stuff, make sure you select a brand of pumpkin that’s not full of sugar and preservatives.
U.S. News and World Report recently released a list of the most toxic foods for cats and dogs. Click through to see which treats that you enjoy are big no-gos for pets. No matter how much our four-legged friends may beg, these are 12 foods it’s much better to avoid in both the short and long terms.
This sweet stuff is toxic to dogs. Chocolate contains theobromide, a chemical that can damage a canine’s lungs, heart, kidneys and nervous system. Baking chocolate is the most toxic to dogs, but owners should avoid feeding their pooch any kind of chocolate.
Sure, dog breath can suck at times, but sugarless gum is not the answer. The sugar-free sweetener, xylitol, found in gum can stimulate a dog’s pancreas to secrete insulin. This effect can lead to low blood sugar and severe liver damage.
The Ethanol found in alcohol can cause rapid damage to your dog’s respiratory and central nervous systems. Because alcohol is absorbed by the body so quickly, it is important to call the vet immediately if you believe your pup has imbibed any alcohol.
Just like alcohol, yeast dough also contains ethanol. Consumption of yeast dough can have the same effects, including lethargy, weakness and low body temperature. Immediate medical attention should be sought out if your dog ingests any yeast dough.
GRAPES AND RAISINS
It can take just four to five grapes or raisins for your dog to get extremely sick. The reason why the fruit is so poisonous to dogs is still unknown, but it is clear that a small amount can lead to irreversible kidney damage in most dogs.
Not usually fatal, macadamia nuts can still cause your dog to become very ill. A mere handful of these nuts can lead to vomiting, muscle and joint pain, swelling and lethargy.
All forms of this veggie (raw, cooked, powdered, etc.) are unsafe for your cat. A small amount of onion can easily cause onion poisoning. Onion poisoning breaks down a cat’s red blood cells, causing anemia, weight loss, lethargy and more.
Similar to onions, a small amount of garlic can quickly cause internal problems for your cat. Feline stomachs are easily upset by garlic, and the ingredient can also cause red-blood-cell damage.
While some humans depend on it to get through the day, a large dose of caffeine is usually fatal to cats. Small amounts of the substance can lead to restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations and tremors. For your cat’s safety, all drinks with caffeine should be kept out of paw’s reach.
FAT TRIMMINGS AND BONES
No matter what kind of sweet face your cat is giving you at the dinner table, you should keep your food scraps to yourself. Fat and bones usually cause a upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting in cats. Bones are also dangerous, because they can lead to choking or create obstructions and lacerations in your feline’s digestive tract.
Just like humans, kitties can get food poisoning from the salmonella or E. coli sometimes found in raw eggs. Additionally, the avidin found in egg whites can prevent your feline’s absorption of vitamin B, leading to skin problems and fur loss.
This is probably surprising to many, but cats are lactose intolerant. Because cats can’t break down milk sugar, dairy products can cause dehydration and diarrhea. If your feline really craves milk, then you should switch to a lactose-free brand that can be found in most pet stores.
After the long weekend there were plenty of orders to keep us busy this week. Pet tags were sent out all over the UK, to Ireland, France, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece and the USA.
The most popular names this week by a long shot were Charlie (for dogs and cats), and Poppy for dogs and Coco for cats. More unusual ones were Croissant, Gomez, MissChif, Sushi, Zorro & Enrique. The one that made us laugh: The Ghost.
And our most popular pet tags? The Design Paw tag in orange and blue for dogs and the Fashion Fish tag in dark blue for cats.
Check out our fantastic range at Pet-TagsUK. And don’t forget the eZeClip!
You might have read in the news recently about the poor woman who watched helplessly while her adored Yorkshire terrier, Fergus, was mauled to death by a ‘bull mastiff-type dog’. It’s one of those stories that’s shocking to read and must have been so devastating to actually witness. Natasha from Pet-Tags and her dog Daisy unfortunately witnessed the scene at the vet afterwards…..
“It was the most distressing scene… The vet team tried their best to save him. Everyone at the vets was in a state of shock, as everything had happened so quickly. We were advised that there would be a wait due to an emergency. The owner of Fergus came out of the consultation room and was obviously very upset and distressed and she told us what had happened. I passed on my condolences and she gave Daisy a hug. The owner of the attacking dog was waiting outside and words were exchanged. It was a very sombre wait at the vets, one I would never want to be repeated. Even Daisy was aware that something wasn’t right and her behaviour reflected this. The owner of the “bull mastiff dog” spoke to one of the receptionists outside and said that they wanted to have the dog put down as it had attacked before. I am unsure as to whether this actually happened, as Daisy was soon seen and we left. I went to the bakers on my way home and brought the receptionists and veterinary staff some cakes ( I didn’t know what else to do), as it was a horrible thing to deal with first thing on Saturday morning. It was hard not be moved or affected. It played on my mind all day and weekend that this sort of thing could happen to any pet or anyone. I strongly feel that a dog that has attacked before should not be allowed off a lead and certainly shouldn’t be without a muzzle. I’ve spent the last week cautiously watching every dog around Daisy and her puppy Poppy whilst out on their run and wondering what I would do if….’.
At Pet-Tags we work with The Kennel Club to promote responsible dog ownership. Microchipping, identification tags and sensible breeding are important, but what can we do about dangerous dogs taken out in public by their clueless owners who don’t even put a muzzle on them? The vicious dog was apparently going to be put down but we don’t know whether or not that happened. Police are now investigating. New laws allow courts to consider whether the owner of a dog accused of being a danger to the public is ‘fit and proper’ to be in charge of the animal. The Act will increase the maximum prison sentence which can be imposed for aggravated Section 3 cases, which affects dogs being out of control in public. The Kennel Club called the new Bill ‘a positive piece of legislation’ which would improve many of the ‘existing inadequacies of the current dog control laws. The measures send a clear message to owners regarding their responsibilities in training and socialising, and rightly shifts legislative focus to the correct end of the lead – at dog owners themselves.’ The Blue Cross says ‘We have been campaigning for new laws to protect the public for more than 20 years and we welcome efforts to make owners more accountable for the behaviour of their dogs, both in public and on private property.’
What joy can anyone gain from owning a vicious dog who could kill another animal or even a child when out in public? We’d love to know your thoughts on this and look forward to hearing your comments and any personal stories ….
It may not feel like it today, but summer is just around the corner! We all love a day by the seaside, none more so than our family dogs. A day scampering on the sands can be fun for everybody, but which beaches are dog friendly? It’s time to start planning. Also, remember that all dogs in a public place must wear the correct ID, so check out our special offer at the end of this post…
Here is a selection of canine-friendly coast where the whole family, dogs included, can enjoy an adventure by the sea.
4. Botany Bay, Broadstairs
This quiet sandy bay has a café, pub and toilets close by. Dogs are banned from the beach between May 1 and September 31 10am to 6pm, but you can still enjoy the paths that branch in both directions along the coast.
Red squirrels, natterjacks, prehistoric footprints and miles of coastal walks are just waiting to be discovered in this ever changing landscape where pinewoods meet the dunes . Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead due to vulnerable wildlife.
A glorious six-mile length of beach with sand dunes and firm sand where dogs are welcome at all times. Look out for the famous ship wreck and various seabirds attracted by the adjacent marshland.
You can enjoy the cast-iron life-size sculptures by Antony Gormley on this open sandy beach, or watch the intrepid wind surfers out at sea. There are no restrictions for dogs plus parking and toilets close by.
All dogs in a public place must wear suitable identification, so don’t forget your dog’s ID tag when you head off to the beach so that you don’t risk a £2,000 fine. For this summer only, enter the discount code DOGBEACHDAY for 10% off any tag. Check out the amazing range at www.pet-tags.co.uk.
Beau looks so cuddly and adorable in his new Bling Stella tag which suits him perfectly!
We’ve almost come to the end of Daisy’s adventure. On 5 January she started to give birth to the first of ten beautiful pups, almost a week early and all on her own in the early hours of the morning. By Puppy no. 10, born at 3.20pm, Daisy was a seasoned mum, dutifully cleaning and preparing her pups for life. Over the coming days two pups were sadly put to sleep but the remaining eight have thrived. Natasha fell for Poppy who will stay with Daisy, and six of the pups have now moved to their new families. Luckily Poppy still has Barney to play with. Aren’t these photos adorable? How much both Poppy and Barney have changed.
At the end of another busy week at pet-tags in Berkhamsted we check out the most popular pet names and the most popular pet tags. The winning names for cats this week are Bella and Lightning, and the most popular tags for cats this week was our lovely Glitter Fish tag in Aqua.
Most popular dogs names this week were Charlie and, by a long shot, Poppy. The most memorable name for us was a pup called Hiccup! For dogs our Fashion Tie in pink was the most popular tag for girlie pups and the Design Blue Paw tag for boys.
Our pet tags are guaranteed for life and cost from only £8.49 including full engraving and postage and we’ll dispatch within 24 hours. Remember in the UK to include your name and address to comply with The Control of Dogs Order, or risk a fine of up to £2000! See UK Dog Laws for more information.
Did you know that only 70% of Dalmatians have normal hearing? Deafness in white-furred (Albino) animals such as Dalmatians is caused by the absence of melanocytes in the inner ear, which may affect one or both ears. According to the British Dalmatian Club about 1 in 12 Dalmatians tested are deaf in both ears. It is not unusual for several pups in a litter to be deaf in one ear. The definitive test for deafness is called the BAER test, which is carried out when puppies are 6 weeks old. Electrodes connected to a computer are able to measure the brain’s response (or lack of response) to noise, and a printout is generated.
Breeders of Dalmatians have a responsibility to find out if pups might have hearing problems and should provide the computer printout showing the results to prospective buyers. Deafness in one ear only has little affect on the dog, but a deaf dog can be a liability to itself and those around it, so it is obviously important to test Dalmatian pups.
Yesterday, Daisy’s pups visited the vet for the test. Of the 8 pups, 3 were found to be deaf in one ear only. Thankfully they have perfect hearing in the other ear. One of these pups, Poppy, is the pup Natasha chose to keep, and, while she was obviously disapppointed, she knows that being deaf in one ear only won’t stop Poppy from having a normal happy life. She, like the other 2 pups, will only need their good ears well cleaned and looked after.
Meanwhile, the pups continue to grow and get up to mischief. Sometimes it can be just so exhausting, as you can see from this little one, who was too tired to eat!
Since they were born almost 3 weeks ago, Daisy’s 8 Dalmatian pups have been thriving and it’s amazing to watch their growth and development. Their eyes are now open and their spots have started to come through. Three are liver-spotted and the other five are black-spotted. Instead of tiny squeaks they can now manage a more assertive yelp so the house is getting a bit noisier. Soon they will be moving from just Daisy’s milk to some solids, like scrambled eggs and dry kibble softened with water, at which point toilet trips to the garden will become a regular part of the routine!
The pups are developing normally and next appointment with the vet is to have their hearing tested, at 6 and a half weeks.
In the meantime, Natasha has to decide which of the gorgeous eight pups she is going to keep once it’s time to sell the pups. That’s a tough one! They’re all adorable.
Here’s a treat – some recent photos which really show of their beauty!
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