Put down the champagne for a sec & check on your pup!

Put down the champagne for a sec & check on your pup!

It’s that time of year already… and the holiday parities have found their way onto my calendar once again! With all the hustle and bustle that go along with the most wonderful time of the year, I still have to look out for my #1 guy –Theo! This year I will be extra cautious of what festive snacks and treats could fall off the counter… and right into Theo’s mouth! For more info on harmful human food for dogs (note: just because it’s called “puppy chow” doesn’t mean it’s for puppies!) head over to the Animal Poison Control Center or call 888.426.4435.

Infographic courtesy of hellawella.

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10 thoughts on “Put down the champagne for a sec & check on your pup!

  1. Annie, it’s hard to read some of the print, but two of these categories stand out as being open for debate–Fat Trimmings & Bones: cooked bones are dangerous, not raw bones; and Raw Eggs, Meat & Fish: many veterinarians recommend raw diets.

    I agree most of the other recommendations.

    • If you click on the image, it should bring it to a new window so you can zoom-in. Are you able to read the smaller print now?
      Thanks for your comment! I agree that some of these are also open for debate. By posting, I only meant to inform people about some foods they might not have realized were harmful. I have read about raw diets to help treat special needs (like allergies) for dogs and am completely behind them (and raw diets for people). Since I’m still trying to learn what’s best for Theo, through mostly research, trial and error, I tend to stay away from anything that I don’t feel completely knowledgeable about. Any additional info you have regarding raw diets, etc. would be greatly appreciated!
      Just FYI, this post from a local vet triggered my blog post: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=416928468375888&set=a.321091394626263.67287.321070941294975&type=1&theater#

  2. Thanks for the reply, Annie.

    Ariel (she’s 2 years old–and I got her 3 weeks ago) was raised on a commercial kibble, and not a very good one at that. I definitely wanted to move her to a grainless diet (grains are not species appropriate–dogs do not need them). I was going to go for a raw diet … but lost my nerve at the end. I bought a high quality grainless kibble for her. I started to feed her cooked chicken, and turkey. I got myself a dehydrator and started to make jerky out of lean ground beef and turkey. She also gets sardines and salmon from a can–and fresh cooked fish when I have it. On the weekend she has organic eggs (scrambled). The idea is to get a diet that is “balanced over time.” If you buy a commercial food, it is fully “balanced”–but the animal may suffer from such a repetitious diet. And even though balanced, it may lack some crucial nutrient that has yet to be identified–thus the diet that is varied stands a better chance of providing your dog with the complete nutrition it needs. But now that Ariel gets all this good cooked food, she won’t eat any kibble!

    What are you feeding Theo?

    And about the link to the facebook article: raw bones should NEVER be given to a dog without 100% supervision by their owner. My belief is that raw bones are good for a dog. They help to keep teeth clean and provide calcium. A very hard bone, a weight bearing bone in a cow for instance, may break a dog’s teeth and should be avoided. A softer veal bone is probably better, but I’ve been unable to get a supply here (Bermuda). I’m still working on this.

  3. Aw, shucks!!! I hate being on a diet. Now Ma will take even more stuff off my goody list 😦 Poppy pouts…

    Ma speaking: It’s always helpful to review this list, though it seems like more and more food is added to it. Still, we don’t want our pups getting sick. As for grain free diets, that’s controversial too. Dogs have been eating what people eat for, well since they were dogs and not wolves. I’ve had them do well on grain free, but some of my dogs, like Pops, have digestive problems on a kibble without rice or oats included. Every dog is different. One thing is a constant, a good quality chow is essential.

    • I couldn’t agree more! People have moved to treating there dogs better than they treat themselves! We still eat McDonald’s, but wouldn’t dare let our pups eat a sub-standard kibble! Just like humans, sometimes dogs eat a bad thing or two. I think it’s just important to monitor this and make sure it’s not making your pup sick.

      As for grain free diets, who knows. I see the argument behind it but will it really impact their well-being that much!?

  4. Thankfully, Vadim seems to have an in-built radar on what and when he needs to eat. He pretty much doesn’t touch anything from the list. Though he does sometimes just come and beg for milk or cheese, especially white. I always thought he was after the protein and calcium, so I just gave it to him. Never seemed to be a problem. Also, unlike with chocolate, which he will eat whenever given, he only eats diary products when he specifically wants them. I will have to check this dairy thing, don’t won’t to be harming him due to my unawareness.

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