Foods your Puppy Should Never Eat
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So, your puppy knows her name and she’s even coming when called. Bribery is still a contributing factor, but don’t give up!
You’ve decided on where and what she will eat, and you’re even teaching her to sit and wait for her meal (or his).
Ok, we’re impressed!
But, what are the things your wee energiser-garbage-disposal should never eat?
Being the owner of Cocker Spaniels, try to convince me there’s another breed out there with a food-agenda like mine!
Ok ok… so Labrador’s and Pug’s, do take the cake (literally).
On the farm of course, there were tasty morsels galore and always in a state of decay that would turn your stomach.
Or possum pooh, or any other kind of pooh you could think of – and always the more tasty after a drop of rain.
These were the times one had no control.
Oh the life of a pure-breed-farm-Cocker…
He loved it!
Moving back to the city, food was easier to monitor, not withstanding the out of control giver-of-snacks-under-the-dinner-table, namely Dad!
Naivety had a large part to play in those days. Completely lacking in dog-ownership skills, living remotely on a farm; how was I to know what foods could make my dog ill?
With today’s access to information – literally at your fingertips – there is no reason to be lacking in tips and tricks of all variety.
So take heed from one who has done it the hard-way.
Here it is.
My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That’s almost $21.00 in dog money.” – Joe Weinstein
The person who proclaimed that food is the way to a man’s heart clearly never met man’s best friend.
The affection that dogs show to humans at meal or treat time is difficult to replicate in any other situation, and often makes it tempting to sneak our pets a bit of “people food” here and there.
A dog’s voracious appetite also comes in handy when our significant others cook an unsavory dish – burnt carrots ala mode? “Oh honey, that was fantastic!”
(This is obviously one time where humans are happy that dogs can’t talk).
Even though sharing is caring, owners should be aware of certain foods that dogs should never eat.
Here’s some to take immediate note of.
Even though a puppy wearing a baker’s hat would make for a great photo opportunity, there are many reasons you should keep your pet away from chocolate, especially cocoa powder, baker’s chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and dark chocolate.
Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine that dogs are unable to efficiently process.
The result is hyperactivity, anxiety, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, seizures, and in some cases, even death.
As with all foods on this list, puppies are more susceptible to poisoning because of their small size.
Even though xylitol is considered a healthy sugar alternative for humans, owners should beware that it is a dangerous toxin for pets.
In fact, according to VCA Animal Hospitals, xylitol is considered 100 times more toxic than chocolate!
Xylitol is the artificial sweetener commonly found in sugar-free foods such as gum, tooth paste, and even certain brands of peanut butter.
A small amount can quickly kill a small dog, as little as 400 mg for a 5 kg puppy.
Symptoms of xylitol poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, tremors, seizure, coma, and again, sometimes death.
*Peanut Butter is the classic – always read the label or better still, why not make your own.
The next time you and your pup roll through the Starbucks drive-thru, resist the urge to order a puppaccino with an extra shot of espresso for Fluffy, even if she was up all night howlingchatting with the neighbours.
In reality, caffeine can have disastrous effects on a dog’s cardiac system, resulting in an elevated heart rate, abnormal heart beat, hyperactivity, vomiting, seizure, and collapse.
Even if Fido is a party animal, it’s definitely a party foul to get the house dog drunk.
[And don’t think I’m out of my mind] It happens!
Dogs metabolize alcohol differently than humans, and their small size makes them highly susceptible to alcohol poisoning.
Signs of alcohol toxicity vary, but include depression, lethargy, involuntarily elimination, slow reflexes, decreased heart rate, heart attack, and again, the possibility of death.
Beware not to leave drinks unattended, as curious pupsters are often attracted by the sweet smells of mixed pawty-drinks.
Even though grapes and raisins may seem like a good snack to give your pup after an afternoon of romping around at the dog park, they are actually quite toxic.
Dogs that ingest too many grapes or raisins develop symptoms of acute kidney failure, lethargy, weakness, dehydration, and diminished urine.
For this reason, owners should also avoid giving their pet’s baked goods that contain raisins, such as oatmeal raisin cookies.
“Hands-up, yep -this was my failing. I could not believe just how much Ralphie loved a grape.”
And it wasn’t just one or two. We’d be all snogged-up on the couch, eating more than I’d care to remember in one sitting!
The old adage… ‘whats good for you, ain’t necessarily so!’
I will never forgive my naivety at this time. Just so grateful we had him to the Vet at first sign of trouble.
And being totally transparent, so you might learn from another’s mistake; Ralph’s been on a special Diet Formula ever since – highly hydrolysed protein, caring and aiding in his digestion, digestive tract and bowel function.
He quite loves it (tis amazing what maturity does for us all).
Both part of the Allium family, onions and garlic are highly toxic to pets (to the dismay of many children trying to avoid eating their vegetables).
Garlic is toxic in smaller quantities than onion (approximately one clove of garlic for a small dog vs. an entire onion), and symptoms may take days to appear.
The most dangerous aspect of garlic and onion toxicity is that it can cause hemolysis, which is the destruction of red blood cells within the body.
Symptoms include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing.
Even though your puppy would love to be thrown a bone every now and then, owners should resist the urge to give their pets this treat.
In fact, it is forbidden.
Cooked bones (and even raw ones) present a choking danger to your puppy (or dog), as they can splinter easily.
Other dangers include intestinal obstruction and perforations in the lining of the stomach or digestive tract.
Your Vet may suggest raw meat bones (usually beef as they have less fat), a great source of nutrients and a preventative in plaque building-up on their teeth.
As a suggestion, give them a bone after their meal, and let them naw away for a set period. They won’t be so inclined to rush into things (post dinner) with the possibility of bones splintering and small chunks being swallowed in haste.
You can always refrigerate the bone… being a source of entertainment for several days.
The next time you have a family get together, be sure to warn family and friends (especially your weird Uncle Ron – every family has one!) not to feed your dog the fatty remnants of their meals.
When a dog, especially a small one, ingests too much fat pancreatitis can develop leaving a dog to exhibit symptoms of fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dehydration, and abdominal pain.
Ultimately, when watching Netflix, drinking a bottleglass of wine, and devouring an entire chocolate cake alone on a Friday night, it’s important to remember that, while company would be nice, your beloved pup should not indulge in any of your treats.
The only thing worse than a Friday night alone, is a Friday night alone at the emergency vet!
Pup-Update – 7 Months
“We’ve had our first groom #firsttrim! Took Jerry back to our breeder Lyn at Royoni, and she gave him the works! I highly recommend having a professional handle your puppy for the very first time, it’s that same old story… Your children are so well behaved for the neighbours -and riotous at home. So yes, Jerry was just magnificent -bathing, drying and his first hair-cut. Think I was the more nervous – my little man was growing up. Jerry is now starting to look like a very handsome young Cocker. How long are his ears!”
Ash Sukhwani a.k.a. Mother of Jerry
Jerry – Born ‘Royoni Naughty-on-Arrival’ June 17, 2017
Follow Jerry’s adventures on Instagram @jerrythecockerspan
For pet owners with especially curious puppies, crate training may be best to ensure their safety when the owner is away or company is over for a dinner party, which will be discussed next.
Watch this space – Chapter Twelve – Coming Soon
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