Pet Health and Wellness

pet health and wellnessWe are firm believers in the pet health and wellness and believe your pet can be healed naturally! Mother nature has a cure for just about anything and we love to promote natural health and healing!

Did you know your dogs can eat most fruits & vegetables? Many of them are excellent for their digestive system, keep their furry coats silky and shiny, eyes bright, nails and bones strong and extend their life.

Pet Health and Wellness tips:

*This page is for information only and not meant to diagnose or treat your pet. If your pet ate one of the  foods mentioned below and you are unsure of whether to be concerned, please call your veterinarian!

SAFE AND HEALTHY FOODS FOR DOGS

Almonds are safe to give a dog. But, if your dog is little, almonds could pose a choking risk or could lead to an intestinal obstruction. If a dog ate a large amount of almonds this could cause some upset stomach

Asparagus is safe for dogs to eat. However, if a dog eats some asparagus fern (the plant) this can cause serious intestinal upset.

Bananas are a great treat for dogs!

Blueberries are safe and beneficial for dogs! Lots of antioxidants and helps their coats stay shiny.

Broccoli is perfectly safe for dogs to eat. Most dogs love the taste of freshly steamed broccoli, it’s great for their digestion and softens their stools.

Celery is safe to give to dogs. Celery has many healthy vitamins in it very good for your dogs digestion.

Corn is perfectly safe for dogs. WARNING: Don’t give your dog corn on the cob. Corn cobs can very easily get stuck in a dog’s intestines. When they do get stuck they ferment and can cause serious, life threatening problems.

Cranberries are generally safe to give to dogs. But, don’t be trying to treat a UTI with cranberries it won’t work. Cranberries contain a substance that helps to prevent E. Coli bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall, but not all infections are caused by E. Coli. And, the cranberries don’t kill the bacteria. Also, if you have a dog on large amounts of cranberries every day it could cause them to develop calcium oxalate stones in their bladder.

Cucumbers are safe for dogs! If your dog wants to eat cucumbers, then go for it!
Oranges are safe for dogs. But, most dogs don’t like them!

Parsley is safe for dogs. If a dog ate a large amount of parsley it can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. It can also act as a diuretic which would cause a dog to be excessively thirsty and urinate a lot, but this would only happen if given in large amounts.

Peaches are safe for dogs. But, it’s not a good idea to let your dog eat the peach pit. The pit can cause an intestinal obstruction. If a dog crushes a peach pit and eats it, then he will ingest some cyanide. But, he’d have to crush and eat a large number of peach pits in order to eat a toxic amount.
Pears for your dog pears is a great idea. However, if he ate a large number of pears it could cause some stomach upset. There is a small amount of cyanide in pear seeds. But, in order to cause problems the dog would have to eat and crush a huge amount of seeds.

Spinach is safe for dogs, but most dogs do not like the taste of it. If your dog wants to it that’s fantastic!
Strawberries are safe for dogs in small quantities. If you give a large amount to your dog it could cause an stomach upset.

Sweet potatoes are a great food to give your dog however, make sure you do not put sugar or honey on it as sweets and sugar are very toxic for dogs!

Watermelon is a rich source of vitamins needed by the dog for energy production. This luscious fruit delivers more nutrients because of its low calorie content. Watermelon is a good source of Vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Watermelon is also an antioxidant powerhouse that has an optimal effect on free radicals. You can let the dog eat as much as it can without worrying that the dog would gain weight. Watermelon is basically water after all, just make sure your dog doesn’t eat the seeds.

TOXIC FOODS FOR DOGS!
*DO NOT give your dogs onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, sugar or chocolate.

Aloe Vera The sap of the aloe vera plant contains anthracene glycosides. This substance can cause significant intestinal upset and can act as a laxative. If your dog ingested some, it’s not likely an emergency. But, if he develops diarrhea you may want to contact your vet.

Bread Dough Rising bread dough can cause serious problems to a dog if it is eaten. The heat in the dog’s stomach will cause the dough to rise. This causes ethanol to be produced. It also causes the dough to expand in the dog’s stomach. A dog who has eaten bread dough will have severe abdominal pain and may be walking around like he is drunk. He needs to see a vet immediately!

Chocolate *HIGHLY TOXIC TO DOGS* It is definitely not a good idea to give your dog chocolate! Chocolate contains Theo bromine and caffeine, both of which can affect a dog’s heart and central nervous system. If a dog eats enough chocolate they can die!

Garlic can cause damage to a dog’s red blood cells. A small amount of garlic is not likely to cause any clinical symptoms, but will still damage some of your dog’s red blood cells. If a dog gets a lot of garlic, or eats garlic every day they can eventually get anemia.

Grapes can be highly toxic to the kidneys of some dogs. Yet, many dogs can eat grapes and never have a problem. If your dog ate one or two grapes, look for signs of vomiting and an increase in thirst and urination. If your dog ate a lot of grapes and is vomiting and not feeling well then it’s a good idea to see the vet right away!

Macadamia Nuts are very toxic to dogs. If your dog eats macadamia nuts it can cause him to be unable to stand. Ingestion of macadamia nuts can also cause vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia (high temperature). If your dog ate these, and gets sick then get him to the vet right away. Fortunately most dogs survive and are back to normal within 24-48 hours.

Milk is not healthy at all for dogs! Did you know that many dogs are lactose intolerant? Many dogs will get diarrhea if they are given milk.

Onions can cause damage to a dog’s red blood cells. While you’re not likely to see symptoms unless a large amount is eaten, even a small amount of onions, onion powder or cooked onion can cause red blood cell damage.

Potatoes can be toxic to dogs. DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOG MASHED POTATOES! The biggest concern is if your dog eats potatoes with green areas on the skin (whether cooked or raw). This green area contains something called solanine. Solanine can cause stomach upset if a small amount is eaten. Depending on how much is eaten, the symptoms can get more severe. We can see an increase in thirst and urination. Or, we can see weakness and other neurological problems. Some dogs who have eaten potatoes have gone into renal failure, but this is rare. However *A small amount of cooked potato with no skin is safe for your dog.

We hope you enjoyed our pet health and wellness tips.