Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream?

Ice cream is safe for dogs A small lick of ice cream is probably not going to harm your dog but it’s not a treat you want to be regularly giving your dog. There are a few different problems with feeding ice cream. Some dogs may be lactose intolerant and giving them ice cream can cause abdominal discomfort, gas, and diarrhea. Another concern is that ice cream is high in sugar. Eating high sugar foods can lead to obesity and diabetes. Dogs do not need any additional sugar in…

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Can Dogs Eat Bones?

Bones are sometimes safe for dogs Dogs love chewing on bones but not all bones are safe. Bones are high in calcium, phosphate, and other minerals. Chewing bones is good for dental health and helps remove plaque. It also provides a source of mental stimulation. With any bone, caution is needed. Cooked bones should never be fed to dogs. They become brittle and can easily splinter into sharp shards. Cooked bones can cause broken teeth, choking, and obstruction anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract. The sharp pieces can also puncture…

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Can Dogs Eat Raw Dough?

Raw dough is toxic to dogs Raw or unbaked dough used for bread, pizza, or other baked goods is toxic to dogs. If your dog has consumed any raw dough containing yeast, you should consult a veterinarian immediately. If eaten, raw dough will continue to rise in your dog’s stomach and may cause a life-threatening blockage. Gas (carbon dioxide) given off from the continued fermentation of the yeast will also cause dangerous expansion of the stomach. This can rupture the stomach or cause a dangerous condition called bloat. Another…

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Can Dogs Eat Popcorn?

Popcorn is safe for dogs Plain air popped popcorn is safe for your dog to eat. It even contains some vitamins and minerals such as iron and vitamin B1 (thiamine) and B2 (riboflavin). The problem with popcorn is that we often cook it with oil and then top it with different things such as butter and salt. These added ingredients can be harmful to our dog’s health. Butter and oil can cause obesity and salt can cause dehydration and kidney issues. The different toppings you add may also cause…

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Can Dogs Eat Bread?

Bread is safe for dogs Bread is safe to feed to your dog. However, it should only be fed to your dog occasionally as it has very little nutritional value and is high in carbohydrates. Plain white bread, whole-wheat, and whole-grain breads are generally safe. Breads such as rye and pumpernickel are also safe unless your dog is sensitive to certain grains. Bread with added ingredients requires extra caution. Some ingredients, such as garlic, onion, macadamia nuts, chocolate, and raisins, can be toxic to dogs and any bread containing…

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Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?

Peanut Butter is safe for dogs Peanut butter is a great source of protein and contains healthy fats for your dog. Choose an all-natural, unsalted and unsweetened peanut butter. Spread some peanut butter on your dog’s Kong toy or bone to keep them distracted for hours. Because peanut butter is high in fat, it should only be given in moderation or it can cause gastrointestinal issues or pancreatitis. Any peanut butter made with the sugar substitute, xylitol, should be avoided because it is toxic to dogs.

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Can Dogs Eat Raisins?

Raisins are toxic for dogs Raisins, just like grapes, are toxic to dogs and their consumption can lead to kidney failure. The reasons for this are currently unknown. In severe cases, consumption can lead to death. If your dog has ingested raisins, a recommended treatment is to induce vomiting within 2 hours of consumption. Consult a veterinarian if your dog has ingested raisins. Symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, low energy, abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, difficulty walking

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Can Dogs Eat Chocolate?

Chocolate is toxic for dogs Chocolate contains methylxanthines (theobromine and caffeine), both of which are stimulants and toxic to dogs. Chocolate is also high in fat and this can cause pancreatitis. Dogs do not breakdown methylxanthines as well as humans and this allows it to build up. The higher the concentration of cocoa (i.e. the darker the chocolate), the more dangerous it is for dogs. Cocoa powder and bakers chocolate are the most toxic with milk chocolate and white chocolate being less toxic. Ingestion of 1 oz/kg of milk…

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