Workout and Wellness Wednesday: Food for thought for dogs!

 This girl is confused.
I was so excited to post this for my Workout and Wellness Wednesday and there you have it. 
Yesterday was Wednesday.
Anyways, here it is for all you dog lovers out there! A day late!

 We love our Cruzie girl to pieces and there seems to be a lot of conflicting foods that are poisonous to dogs so I did a bit of research and I thought I would share it with you as some of them were new to me too.
Foods to KEEP away from dogs:

Broccoli in large amounts can cause illness in dogs.
Chocolate, coffee and tea all contain stimulants that cause abnormal heartbeat, seizures and death in dogs. 

Grapes and raisins contain an unknown substance that causes kidney failure in dogs.
Liver in large amounts can cause Vitamin A toxicity.
Macadamia nuts contain an unidentified toxin that causes weakness, tremors, panting and swelling in the legs.
Walnuts may have a fungus or mold which causes drooling, jaundice, lack of coordination, and vomiting.
Milk is difficult for some dogs to digest effectively, which leads to G.I. upsets.
Mushrooms and molds can be toxic to dogs. Some varieties are more toxic than others.
Nutmeg is a seasoning that causes tremors, seizures, and death in dogs.
Onions and garlic, both cooked and raw, contain thiosulphate which can cause digestive upsets, hemolytic anemia, and death. Onions contain more of the toxin than garlic does.
Raw egg whites contain avidin which causes B vitamin deficiency, skin problems and skeletal deformities Raw eggs can also harbor salmonella or e.coli.
Raw fish, especially salmon, may contain parasites that are dangerous for dogs.
Seeds and fruit pits can cause choking or intestinal blockages and some contain cyanide which is toxic to dogs.

 10 "people" foods to share with your dog:

1. Yogurt is a good source of available calcium and protein. When choosing yogurt, pick one that has live active bacteria and no sugars or artificial sweeteners. The active bacteria may act as probiotics. Frozen yogurt is a nice summer treat for dogs. 

2. Flax seed (ground or oil) is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids that are good for skin and coat. Make sure that you store the oil or seeds in the fridge in an air tight dark container. 

3. Cooked Salmon is a fatty fish which is also a good source of omega- 3 fatty acids. These fats support the immune system and can be beneficial for skin and coat health. There has also been some indication that they may benefit dogs with allergies. 

4. Pumpkin is a good source of fiber and beta carotene (a source of vitamin A). Dogs need fibre in their diet. The current trend is towards highly digestible diets that lower stool volume and this is not necessarily a good thing. Keeping the GI tract moving helps keep the cells lining the gut healthy. ***We were also told pumpkin is good for when your dog has an upset stomach.

5. Sweet potatoes are another source of dietary fiber and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. Sweet potatoes are great sliced and dehydrated as a chewy treat for your dog. There are so many dog treats on the market that we often overlook the simple, healthy, and reasonably priced treats available at our grocery store.***Cruz loves dried sweet potatoes!

6. Green beans are a good source of plant fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. If your dog has a tendency to put on weight, then replacing some of her regular food with green beans is a great low calorie way to fill her up and help her maintain a healthy weight. Many dogs enjoy green beans frozen. 

7. Cooked Eggs are a great source of very digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium. For some dogs that are prone to digestive upset, eggs can give them a little protein boost. Adding eggs to your dog’s food is a healthy treat.

8. Brewer’s yeast is the yeast that’s left over from making alcohol. Dogs seem to really enjoy the tangy taste of brewer’s yeast. It’s full of B vitamins which are good for skin, coat, and carbohydrate metabolism. Make sure you’re using brewer’s yeast (available at health food stores), not baking yeast which will make your dog sick. Brewer’s yeast can spice up your dog’s appetite. Just sprinkle a little on the food of a picky eater and watch her dive into her food. 

9. Apples are wonderful crunchy treats for your dog. Apples with the skin on are full of plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that are thought to be protective against some types of cancer in humans. They are a source of vitamins A and C and fiber. Apple seeds, however, contain cyanide so your dog should not be allowed to eat the core. Though the effects of a few apple seeds will likely not harm your dog, the deleterious effects can accumulate over time if allowed to eat apple seeds regularly. 

10. Cooked Oatmeal is a good source of soluble fiber. This can be beneficial for some older dogs that may have trouble maintaining bowel regularity. Oatmeal is also an alternative source of grain for dogs that are allergic to wheat. It can be fed in conjunction with probiotics to enhance their function. Keep in mind oatmeal should always be fed cooked and plain with no sugar or flavoring. 

Info from Modern Dog

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1 comment:

Rachel and John said...

Oh Good to know!
We don't really give Rudy any people food, unless we drop something and he gets to it before we do.
We once did have a scare regarding a piece of chocolate cake...but it turned out to be fine.