Today is a pretty important day for our canine companions: it’s Cook For Your Pet’s Day! Given the option, Fido would probably put an order in for a heaping plate of bacon cheeseburgers, with perhaps some sausages and meatballs on the side. However, your pooch will be much healthier—and therefore ultimately happier—with more nutritious foods. A Rockwall, TX vet lists some things your furry foodie can and can’t eat below.
Your canine buddy can have some of those burgers we mentioned above, and the occasional piece of sausage or bacon. However, in general, you’ll want to limit your pup’s consumption of these fatty meats. Any type of plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry is fine, as long as you remove the skin, bones, and fat. You also don’t want to give Fido too much organ meat, such as liver, as it’s only safe in small amounts. Raw meat is also best avoided in most cases. Many fruits and veggies are also fine, as are small amounts of egg and the occasional bit of cheese. Ask your vet for specific advice.
As you may know, there’s a bit of controversy going on at the moment about grains in dog food. The matter in question is whether or not a lack of grains causes taurine-deficient dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs. The jury is still officially out, but there are a few things we can point out. Carb-heavy processed grains, such as one may find in processed flours or white bread, are not the best thing for Fido. However, more natural options, such as brown rice and quinoa can actually be beneficial for many dogs. At the end of the day, your best bet is to talk to your vet, and see what they recommend for your four-legged friend.
It’s also important for you to know what not to offer. Grapes, currants, and raisins are at the top of that list. These tart, tiny fruits are good for us, but, for reasons no one is quite sure of, they can be deadly to dogs. Other unsafe foods include meat on the bone; chocolate; raw dough or yeast; caffeine; avocado; alcohol; garlic and onions; and anything that contains xylitol and/or a lot of salt, sugar, or fat.
Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Rockwall, TX animal clinic!