Dangerous Foods for Dogs – An Introduction

Who can resist those big brown eyes and cute doggie grin?

 

Can a little reward from the table really hurt your dog? Well, that depends on what it is and what’s in it. A chip with guacamole can cause your dog some real problems. In fact, there’s a lot of people food your dog should never eat. And, it’s not just because of weight. Some foods are downright dangerous for dogs — and some of these common foods may surprise you.


Our pets are guardians for our health. Really?

We have years of scientific literature showing that pets are guardians for human problems. The question then is, are we paying attention to our pets? Let’s look behind the scenes for just a minute.

The Washington, DC based Environmental Working Group (EWG) has actually tested dogs and cats for chemical exposure and found many worrisome contaminants at levels much higher than in humans. EWG’s analysis found levels of flame retardants (used in furniture, fabrics and electronics) and mercury (likely from fish in pet foods) in cats twenty-three times and five times higher, respectively, than in humans. Levels of perfluorinated chemicals (from stain- and grease-proof coatings) in dogs were found to be 2.4 times higher than in people.  Perfluorinated chemicals have been linked to causing several different types of cancers in animals. Overall, 35 worrisome chemicals in dogs and 46 in cats were found.

How do you feel about what you have just read?  Overloaded?  Helpless to protect your pet?  Don’t be.

The really good news is that we have alternatives available to us today. We have green cleaning products to clean our homes and our pets. There are a myriad of dog and cat foods readily available, with most pet stores carrying pet healthy brands that are in the mainstream of pricing.  The choices of fabrics (like micro suede or leather) and safe flooring options (without the use of perfluorinated chemicals) is abundant. Many of these changes can be done immediately, while others might not happen until the couch or the flooring need replacing.

Armed with knowledge we can make healthy choices not just for ourselves, but our pets as well.

Has your dog been sick ???

I have never experienced this issue until just recently. Paco had serious bowel issues, unsettled stomach, fever and would not eat. Today he is OK but it took 5 days from start to finish. Has anyone else had this happen recently? If you did, what did you do?

About 2 weeks ago a friend stopped by with their small dog. While we talked about life’s issues our dogs had a play date, as they have been friends for quite some time. While at our house we noticed that our friends dog was having issues … limited energy, her body felt hot to the touch and … she had an accident, which just never happens. We took care of the situation and did not think anything about it … life happens you know!

About 3 days later Paco came down with the same issues … his body felt really hot, he would only drink water, would not eat any food, if he did he would throw-up … and then there were the serious bowel issues. After 2+ days of this and considerable  discussion with an individual with a great deal of pet experience we gave Paco cooked brown rice to eat along with Pepto Bismol. The rice helped with the  loose stools and the Pepto Bismol coated his stomach and appeared to settle things down.

We saw almost immediate relief. The bowel issues were dramatically reduced, the throwing up issues completely disappeared and perhaps most importantly his body was cool to the touch.

In human language and after 5 days Paco’s back to his normal self.

Let me know  if you have had this or a similiar experience along with what remedies did you pursue.

My dog licks my child’s face.. Should I be worried?

So what do you think …

Your child and dog play together all the time  … but  every time you look around it seems that either your child is kissing your dog or your dog is “cleaning” your child’s face. You become worried …

You gently raise your voice and tell them to stop, they get the message and run away in different directions. You go back to your activity … the house becomes quite, you turn around and their they are again … the dogs is cleaning your child’s face ….

 

The Dr. Said … When your baby is very young, I’d recommend not allowing the family dog or cat to lick your baby’s face. This could transmit infectious material into the baby’s mouth or eyes. As your baby grows older, his / her immune system will get much stronger and they can play with and even be licked by your pet without any consequences.

So relax Mom / Dad, just be careful when the baby is young … once they can easily crawl away they are probably getting big enough to lower the worry and let them be the lil animals that they are …