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May 16, 2017

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Human Foods For Your Pets


                                        Young couple sitting in front of barbecue, feeding dog.

The first commercially-prepared pet food was introduced by James Spratt, a businessman, in England in approximately 1860. Spratt saw dogs being fed leftover biscuits, which gave him an idea to formulate from a ship, the first dog biscuit: a mix of wheat meals, vegetables, beetroot and beef blood. This new business venture was a great success. However, most pets, especially dogs, had been living on scraps left over from human meals since ages, before commercial pet food came into the market.

This trend has been gaining popularity again, since 2007, as a number of dogs die from eating commercial pet food, manufactured in China, which was contaminated with melamine. These days, most owners believe in giving their pets home cooked food so that they have sufficient knowledge of what goes into their pet’s system, as recently, pets have become part of the family.

However, doing this is not really easy as some human foods might be toxic to animals. So, owners need to be careful of which foods are safe and which aren’t. Foods that are safe to be fed to dogs include:

  • Salmon
  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Spinach
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Green beans
  • Pumpkin
  • Blueberries
  • Peas
  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Peanut butter
  • Cottage cheese
  • Carrots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Oatmeal
  • Banana

Along with knowing what to feed your pet, knowing what you should not is equally important. So, some of the foods you might want to avoid always include:

  • Soft drinks
  • Chocolate
  • Foods containing Xylitol
  • Avocados
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Onions
  • Raisins and Grapes
  • Chewing gum
  • Garlic
  • High sodium foods including bacon

Apart from these, there are a few other things that should be avoided: (i) Almonds: These might not be toxic to dogs like macadamia nuts are but they pose a threat to blocking the esophagus or even tearing the windpipe if not chewed properly. Salted almonds are to be avoided as they increase water retention which can be a potential threat for heart attack in dogs. (ii) Cinnamon: These are also not toxic to dogs but the oils it contains can irritate the inside of their mouth and make them uncomfortable and sick. It can also lower their blood sugar too much and cause diarrhoea, vomiting or even liver disease. (iii) Ice cream: As sweet and icy a treat ice creams can be, it is best to avoid giving it to dogs. They might be even lactose intolerant which can have diverse effects.

Once you get the complete knowledge and want to change your pets’ diets from commercial food to home cooked food, there is a need for you to slow down the transition process as their digestive system might not do well with sudden changes. It is also advisable to keep fatty foods out of your pets’ diets, they are as bad for your pet as they are for you. 


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