Raw lamb or beef bones are usually fine, but remember that your dog could choke on any bone if it’s swallowed without being thoroughly chewed.
Last time, I talked about your dog and dairy foods…but what about other human foods?
The “Okay” Group
This group contains many things we commonly give our dogs: peanut butter, leftover meats and fish, rice and other grains, bread, popcorn, and eggs.
Most fruits and vegetables are fine to feed your dog, with some notable exceptions. In the fruit category are berries, melons, bananas, pears, and pineapple. Apples and stone fruit are also fine, but remove seeds and pits, which degrade into hydrogen cyanide when ingested. Good veggies include carrots, green beans, potatoes, broccoli and brussels sprouts, squash, lettuces, beets, peas, and store-bought mushrooms. Unless you’re an expert mycologist, never allow your dog to eat wild mushrooms.
The “Sometimes Okay, Sometimes Not” Group
Chief within this group is dairy.
But then there are raw meaty bones. Many veterinary experts give them the thumbs-up, but others advise caution. While it’s probably safe for your dog to chew on raw chicken or turkey necks and raw chicken wings, they can harbor salmonella and other bacteria. Raw lamb or beef bones are usually fine, but remember that your dog could choke on any bone if it’s swallowed without being thoroughly chewed.
The “Never” Group
We all know that dogs should never eat chocolate, grapes, and raisins. But did you know that onions, garlic, avocados, lemons and limes, black walnuts, and macadamia nuts are also forbidden foods? Coffee and tea, alcohol, yeast dough, raw eggs, and foods containing Xylitol are also no-nos.
Avoid giving your pup fat trimmings and poultry skin, which can lead to pancreatitis and of course, obesity.
Never give your dog cooked bones, especially those from poultry, as they can splinter and severely damage the mouth and intestinal …….