Every Day Foods - Toxic to Your Dog.
It seems that more and more folks are feeding their beloved pets table food. I thought I would write an article that lets you know how some of our most delicious foods are toxic to our dogs (I don't know about other pets - I'm a dog person).
First, take the pickle, it can make your dog - doggone sick!
Onions can not only sicken your dog they can kill them. So forget giving them any casseroles or foods that you have socked onions into. Personally, I use onions any time I have the opportunity. For our canine friends any type of onion is poisonous (dried, powder or raw).
The same is true for garlic (dried, powdered or raw) - it can kill your dog.
Mayonnaise is also a killer to our beloved canine friends.
Macadamia nuts have a toxin in them that can kill dogs.
Mushrooms can contain toxins for the canine, that are not harmful to humans.
When choosing a dog food for your beloved dog be sure the main ingredient is not corn (most especially if your dog has any age at all on him/her. Corn swells up in the tummy and causes much pain and sometimes, digestive tract problems.
Many of man's diseases are also present in dogs, cats and other pets. (except birds - I don't know about them). Dogs can develop heart problems, sugar problems, cancer, even the flu.
For a more comprehensive list of toxic foods for pets and what they do, go to http://www.risingwoods.org/OURFAMILY/THEDOGS/knowntoxicfoodsfordogs.htm
For seven days my precious 14 year old Snuggles has refused to eat anything. Up until then she ate quite well. She only gets dog food in this house. She quit drinking yesterday. Her hips quit working and she would walk a few steps and fall onto the floor. I was sure she was dying.
However, I took her to the Veterinarian today and was told that she has severe arthritis and needs glucosamine, which she was getting until she quit eating. I had to crush it up in her dog food to get her to take it. The pill was way too large to put down her throat.
The vet gave her some fluids, x-rays and a complete CBC work up. We will know tomorrow what her diagnosis is. Likely she is not dying and I am so happy. She is my baby.
No matter what kind of pet you have. be sure to educate yourself and feed it only what is prescribed or suggested. And know that the occasional table food is not going to send your pet to that rainbow bridge. As with anything in life, be balanced. Your pet will live a lot longer and be ever so happy with you.
By the way, my precious Snuggles is a Sheltie and very much a part of my life. I cannot bear to think of losing her. However, I know I will someday. It is what it is..
The Vet just called and told me the blood work revealed pancreatic cancer. It breaks my heart, especially since the Vet told me it was my fault. A dear friend helped me to not take that guilt trip , because she researched pancreatic cancer in dogs (I usually do the research. I was simply too distraught). Now, I'm researching Vets.
It is unknown why dogs get pancreatic cancer, and it is very rare . I spent over a week with her in my arms and feeding her the pills the doctor gave her. Then I decided that she had to eat something. I could not see her starving to death in the event she would eat. First I gave her homemade chicken broth. Then I fed her fresh cooked chicken breast, and liver with rice made for dogs.
I am happy to report that her appetite has returned. Her kidneys and bowels are functioning again. I believe in miracles, and when I look at her I see a real miracle.
She still sits on my lap every day and evening when I sit down, but I am no longer paralyzed with fear of her death. She may last a long time. As long as she is not suffering, I am happy to spoil her and love on her. She is the Maker's when He wants her.; until then she is mine!
Dogs are like children, they depend on us for everything. I am happy to oblige. She has brought me so much joy and comfort. I am simply returning the favor.