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    Default Healthy Snacks

    I wanted to know opinions on good treat options. I switched Geno to Taste of the Wild food because of his skin condition. I don't want to mess that up with low quality treats. I think I read somewhere they owners give their dogs vegetables? Anyone do this?
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    Yes, lots of ppl give fruits n veggies. I give Brie a few blueberries, banana slices, watermelon pieces as a breakfast or mid day snack. I give her green beans, broccoli and peas n carrots w her dinner. She loves all of it. I know there is a on more and Im sure others will be posting here soon!

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    Oh yeah. My Harlea loves bell pepper, green beans, watermelon, apples, bananas, cantelope, yogurt among many other things.
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    star and rose love frozen green beans for treats and pieces of apples. today they tried broccoli and loves it,

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    you can also buy store treats if you want. i use ones made in the usa and contain 100 turkey or beef or chicken whatever protein im feeding her but there are sweet potato treats to. i like bravo and purebites myself. i do feed sarah what fruits and veggies she is not allergic to also.

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    I use just about every fruit and veggie out there in moderation. I don't really give treats unless I wash his face or any type of grooming, but Vegas does get a bedtime snack every night around 9.

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    Here is a thread with lots of treat ideas.....

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    We have separate bowls of their regular kibble up on tables where they can't help themselves to it. When they deserve a treat this iswhat we give by hand. The act is different than giving them food so it is special to them. This way they stay on their diet.

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    Default Re: Healthy Snacks

    Hi, we give our guys cut up apples, strawberries, bananas, watermelon, blueberries, green beans, green peppers, carrots, plain unsweetened yogurt, plain vanilla frozen yogurt as an occasional treat when we go out for ice cream, they get a baby cone, we also give them a hard boiled egg once or twice a week. For training or when we want them to come, or go in the crate, we give them a few pieces of their kibble, and I also keep a bag of Wellness Duck and Turkey soft chew treats.

    there are some foods that are not good or they are toxic to dogs, like grapes, chocolate, so you dont want to give these to your dogs. I'll copy and post a complete list for you of foods you shouldn't give dogs.




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    Foods Dogs and Cats should NOT EAT
    Hi Everyone,


    I know we've discussed this previously, but I found this list today and thought I'd share. Enjoy!


    Foods Dogs and Cats should NOT EAT


    By Dr Andrew | February 16, 2011


    There are a number of common ‘human’ foods that your dogs and cat should NOT EAT… The important thing is to know exactly what to avoid. There are some very commonly known ones, such as Chocolate, Alcohol, and Coffee, but some lesser known ones such as Grapes, Nutmeg, Onion and the artificial sweetener in gum, Xyitol.


    In this article I give you an overview of the toxins, PLUS what to do if your dog or cat ingests any of these poisons.


    Alcoholic beverages
    It is often sweet – attracting dogs and cats, but can cause serious and fatal intoxication. Don’t ever offer this to your pets.
    Here are some of the signs and side effects:
    • Incoordination/ataxia
    • Excitement
    • Depression
    • Excessive urination
    • Breathing rate is slowed
    • Cardiac arrest and death


    Avocado
    Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark contain a toxic principle known as Persin. The Guatemalan variety is most toxic – but all have toxic potential. They cause vomiting/diarrhea – primarily gastrointestinal distress.


    Chocolate (all forms)
    Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic.


    Signs:
    Initial excitation.
    Increased drinking and urinating.
    Vomiting and Diarrhea.
    Theobromine causes an increased heart rate and arrhythmia –.
    Seizures can then be seen.
    Death is then possible.


    ACTION PLAN: Induce vomiting, give activated charcoal, and go to the Vet if depression and seizures begin. Baker’s chocolate and high cocoa content chocolate is the most toxic; the toxic dose is 2 baking squares for a 10lb dog. Regular chocolate bars have little real chocolate and are seldom toxic.


    Coffee (all forms)
    Coffee contains dangerous components called xanthines, which cause nervous system or urinary system damage and heart muscle stimulation


    Fatty foods
    The primary concern here is severe gastrointestinal upset- and in some cases Pancreatitis.


    This can be fatal in some pets- and it is ALMOST always triggered by a High Fat Meal, such as gravy or bacon.


    Macadamia nuts
    Macadamia nuts contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscles of dogs. This has lead to paralysis. A small number of nuts and even the butter can cause this.


    Moldy or spoiled foods
    Many molds contain a type of toxin called an Aflatoxin. This is thought to be a common cause of “compost toxicity”. Signs include GI (Vomiting/Diarrhea), muscle tremors, in-coordination, elevated temperature, excessive salivation, and liver damage. Avoid feeding ANYTHING moldy to your dog or cat.


    Onions, onion powder
    Onions contain the toxic ingredient thiosulphate.


    Pets affected by onion toxicity will develop anemia. 1 Onion can cause this. Fortunately ALL dogs recover once they are stopped from ingesting onions.


    Raisins and grapes
    As few as 6 grapes and raisins have caused acute kidney failure in some dogs.


    The toxic ingredient is not yet known.
    There is no treatment.
    AVOID feeding ANY grapes or raisins to your dogs.


    Yeast dough
    The yeast dough/uncooked bread dough will rise in your pet’s stomach causing severe gastrointestinal distress (vomiting/diarrhea), bloating, and signs of alcohol toxicity.


    Xylitol
    Xylitol is a artificial sweeter found in “SUGAR FREE” Products, such as gum, candy etc.


    Signs relate to a sudden drop in glucose (blood sugar), in-coordination, collapse and seizures.


    Avoid feeding any gum/candy to your pets.


    Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches and Plums.
    Ingestion of large amounts of stems, seeds and leaves of these fruits can be toxic.


    They contain a cyanide type compound and signs of toxicity include apprehension, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, hyperventilation and shock.


    Note – it’s the seeds and stems that contain the toxic component, not the fruit itself.


    Potato peelings and green looking potatoes
    Potatoes and other Solanum species, including the tomato, are members of the nightshade family of plants.


    These plants contain solanine and other toxic alkaloids which, if eaten in large enough amounts, can produce drooling, severe gastrointestinal upset, including vomiting and diarrhea, loss of appetite, drowsiness, central nervous system depression, confusion, behavioral changes, weakness, dilated pupils and slowed heart rate.


    Nutmeg
    High levels of nutmeg can be toxic, even fatal.


    The toxic component is unknown.


    Signs of toxicity include tremors, seizures, nervous system abnormalities or death.


    Tomato leaves & stems (green parts)
    The green parts of the tomato plant are considered toxic because they contain solanine, which has the potential to produce significant gastrointestinal and central nervous system effects.


    WHAT to do IF your pet has eaten any of these toxic foods:




    TO YOUR VETERINARIAN. If your pet is showing signs of ingesting a poison, it is important that your veterinarian examines her and treated appropriately. Some toxins can progress and lead to severe seizures. If you suspect antifreeze poisoning, it must be treated within 4-6 hours, before irreversible kidney damage occurs.


    PURGE THE POISON. In most cases of poisoning, getting your pet to vomit is the most important thing that you can do. DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING if something caustic has been consumed (such as drain cleaner or bleach). To induce vomiting, give hydrogen peroxide at 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight. If your pet doesn’t vomit in 10 minutes, repeat again. NEVER do more than 2 treatments of peroxide. You can also try salt: dilute 1 teaspoon of salt in a tablespoon of water per every 10lbs of body weight.


    DELAY ABSORPTION. Activated charcoal is readily available at most pharmacies. It delays absorption of any toxin by binding to the toxic compound in the stomach. The easiest way is to give the capsule form. For those garbage-eating dogs (such as my own dog) it is a good idea to have hydrogen peroxide and activated charcoal always on hand.


    PREVENTION. Ensure medications are always out of mouth’s reach. Become familiar with toxic plants (visit ASPCA | Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants for a complete list) and remove those from your house, if your pet is a plant-eater. Keep your compost covered.


    Dr Andrew
    Last edited by Vikinggirl; 08-24-2013 at 10:57 AM.
    LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.

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    Default Re: Healthy Snacks

    Wow thanks for all of the helpful replies. I gave Geno two blueberries this morning and he seemed to like them. I think I'll try the frozen green bean route next.
    RIP Fonzi- Mommy and Daddy miss you!

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