Dangerous Holiday Food for Dogs

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Dangerous Holiday Food for Dogs

Dangerous Holiday Food for Dogs

The holidays are full of friends, family, parties and food and we all want our fur family to be involved. The one thing that no one wants during the season is an emergency pet bill though. The following food can make your dog ill or even poison them so avoid them and reach for the treat bag instead if you just can’t hold back sharing with them.

  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate/cocoa
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Persimmons
  • Milk/Dairy products
  • Bones
  • Onions (Chives)
  • Nuts
  • Raw meats
  • Raw poultry
  • Raw fish
  • Yeast dough
  • Eggs
  • Candy
  • Gum
  • Coffe grounds
  • Rhubarb
  • Candies or baked goods using Xylitol

It’s not just the food, remember to have your lights, cords,tree and other decorations out of reach from your pups.

Last but not least, remember to have a good time and ejoy the season!

December 1, 2021 |

Thanksgiving foods that will make your dog sick

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Thanksgiving foods that will make your dog sick

It's officially Thanksgiving when #Nico puts on his "I turkey turkey" shirt!

If you’re like most pet families your best friend is right there besid you while you’re cooking. Whether it’s just a Monday night frozen meal or a Thanksgiving feast Fido doesn’t care, he wants a piece of the action, or turkey. Ensure that your best friend has a great Thanksgiving and doesn’t need a trip to the emergency vet. Here are 5 foods they need to avoid.

  1. Turkey Bones. While everyone’s been told that dogs love to chew on bones, turkey bones are not the ones to give them. Turkey bones are small and can become lodged in your dog’s stomach or throat. They also splinter causing severe damage to the stomach.
  2. Fat Trimmings. Fatty foods like turkey skin and gravy are very difficult for dogs to digest. They can also cause pancreatitis which includes vomiting, depression, reluctance to move and abdominal pain as symptoms.
  3. Dough and Batter. The dough can rise in your dog’s stomach and lead to vomiting, bloating and severe pain. The raw eggs can also spread salmonella.
  4. Grapes and Raisins. Both can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  5. Mushrooms. They can damage kedneys, liver and the central nervous system.

Be safe and have a happy Thanksgiving!

November 1, 2021 |

Is It OK for My Pets to Eat Pests?

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Is It OK for My Pets to Eat Pests?

As most dog owners know quite well, pooches of all shapes and sizes seem to have a natural affinity for anything in the yard with six or eight legs. While watching a young pup happily hopping around trying to catch a fly provides us some entertainment, we might wonder if eating said fly is a problem for our beloved four-legged friend.

While an occasional fly is probably not harmful, the following bugs and arachnids should not be considered as safe snack foods for dogs:


Dogs seem to love crunching—yuck—on big insects like cockroaches, Dogcare notes. While these insects might not be poisonous on their own, their bodies may contain traces of bug poison. For example, if the roach has recently visited a bait station, its body might contain poison that could be harmful for your pet. Even if you don’t use this type of product, your neighbors might—and their toxic roaches might end up in your yard.

In addition, these insects have very hard exoskeletons that can get stuck in your dog’s throat or irritate its gastrointestinal tract. To prevent cockroaches from making themselves at home, Waltham Services suggests keeping your home as clean and free of food debris as possible and sealing up cracks near and around the sinks and light fixtures.

June Bugs

Also known as May beetles or June beetles, these brownish insects are a favorite snack of many dogs. While June bugs are not inherently toxic, pooches who eat too many of them will probably get an upset stomach, and then vomit or have diarrhea, states Pawnation.

Like cockroaches, June bugs can be contaminated with poisons like DDT and Lindane. To prevent your dog from getting ahold of these flying insects, keep a sharp eye out when you are outside on summer evenings, and try to keep your pooch away from lights where June bugs love to hang out.


Dogs who think they are chasing a fly only to chomp down on an angry bee often learn the hard way that these yellow and black flying insects should be left alone. As Bulldogs World notes, bee stings can be very painful for dogs. If your dog is stung, carefully remove the stinger from his or her mouth or snout. Instead of using tweezers, which can push more venom into the skin, try to quickly scrape it off with a credit card. Once the stinger is out, soothe the area by wiping it down with water mixed with a little baking soda.

If the snout or nose starts to swell up, apply an ice pack for five minutes. While many dogs endure painful bee stings with no lasting effects, keep a close eye on your pooch, and give your vet a call right away if he or she has any trouble breathing or seems to be in a lot of pain.


Like flies and bees, moths can be a lot of fun for dogs to chase and catch. Some moths naturally contain awful-tasting compounds that discourage animals from eating anything that resembles them, explains Tend Life. However, these noxious substances are probably not enough to get a dog sick. In the case of smaller dogs, it’s probably best to discourage them from eating moths because the wings might get stuck in their throat.

September 4, 2014 |

Eat this, not that! Foods to avoid feeding your dog and safe substitutes

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A exclusive by Teresa Barker

There are many whole foods in your pantry that are safe to share with your dog once in awhile. As a general rule of thumb, you should avoid feeding your dog table scraps, processed foods, and most food not in its original whole state. But treating with whole, nutritious foods straight from your kitchen can be fun, inexpensive and safe when you follow these guidelines.

  1. Peanut Butter instead of Chocolate.
    Chocolate is the most commonly known toxic food for dogs. Large quantities of theobromine (a substance found in chocolate) can be lethal to dogs. Don’t let your dog lick the bowl from your late night chocolate ice cream snack, instead, share a small spoonful of peanut butter for a rich and nutritious alternative.

  2. Apple slices instead of Grapes.
    Grapes (and their shriveled up cousins, raisins) seem like the perfect snack to ‘toss’ to your dog when eating them. But they both contain a toxin that builds up in your dog’s system, and over time, with just a few here and there, can lead to kidney failure. Instead, cut up apple slices into little pieces and try tossing a few to your dog. Apples are a crunchy treat full of protective plant chemicals and have a sweet taste.

  3. Carrots instead of Onions.
    Onions, like grapes/raisins, also contain the kind of toxins that can build up in a dog’s system over time, leading to conditions such as anemia. For a savory substitution, try baby carrots. My dogs go nuts for a carrot stick, and they love to crunch them and hold them between their paws!

  4. Sweet Potatoes instead of Candy and Xylitol sweetener.
    Candy and artificially sweetened diet products containing xylitol can be especially harmful to your dog, leading to seizures, loss of coordination and eventually death. Substitute sweet potatoes that are so delicious and easy to prepare by simply roasting them in the oven. Clean them well and leave the skin on and just let them cook. Mash them up for a delicious addition to your dog’s food.

  5. Kale instead of Rhubarb leaves.
    Rhubarb leaves contain oxalate, which is another highly dangerous plant property for dogs. If eaten, your dog will have extreme gastrointestinal as well as neurological symptoms. Make sure not to allow your dog to be near the garden if you are growing rhubarb at home, and never feed it to him. Kale on the other hand is a fantastic leafy green to feed your dog. It’s low in calories and packed with nutrients and has detoxifying properties. If your dog snubs the leafy texture, try making kale chips that you both can snack on!

Sharing healthy nutritious whole foods with your dog can be a nice way to show your love. Using low calorie, nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, you also keep them trim! Start with small amounts, and if your dog gets gassy or has loose stools, cut back on the fresh snacks.

Obviously, if your dog gets into any kind of toxic plant or food, call your vet immediately.

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March 8, 2014 |

Cancer Fighting Foods for Dogs

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Cancer Fighting Foods for DogsA exclusive by Teresa Barker

It’s estimated that nearly one in three dogs will be affected by cancer, and of those affected, nearly half will die. Because of these alarming rates, it’s important to know what kinds of foods may support your dog’s health and even reduce their risk. Many of the great “superfoods” beneficial to your dog’s health are also “superfoods” for you. So have fun incorporating new healthy snacks into your dog’s diet, and please pass the blueberries!

The Heavy-Hitters (foods high in vitamins, carotenoids, and bioflavonoids)
Carrots, apples (no cores, stems or seeds), berries (no stems), celery, figs, tomatoes, and apricots (no pits) are all fantastic. Always opt for organic, as consuming the chemicals sprayed on “conventional” produce defeats the purpose. Also, avoid onions, grapes, raisins, and chocolate.

Going Green
All dark, leafy greens, grasses, and plants (like broccoli) are fantastic for you both! Gently steaming veggies, or using a food processor helps your dog digest them easier, allowing their bodies to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients and chlorophyll. As long as you don’t spray your lawn with chemicals or pesticides, even your grass can be a good source of chlorophyll. Spinach, kale, parsley, asparagus, wheatgrass, and algea (yes, algea) are all at the top of their class in the chlorophyll department. Again, always opt for organic.

Gradually adding nutritious, cancer-fighting foods into your dog’s daily routine can be fun and easy, and may just motivate you to add them to your own diet. If you’re already starting your day with a green drink and eating veggies with every meal, it will be easy to share with your pooch, knowing how it might just save her life! Start slowly and try using whole, fresh foods in place of processed snacks. In no time, your dog will be begging for carrots!

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January 22, 2014 |
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