Every dog owner knows that look. The one where your sweet-faced dog turns up the charm; the eyes bulge, the tail traces a slow, happy wag. This is also known as the “dinner-time peg” where you waver for a few moments about whether to give in and let your pup have an extra special treat or not. Aside from the behavioral quandary you’re in, you also face a serious well-being issue too. Is the dinner you are enjoying ultimately going to harm or help your furry friend?
We all know that there are unequivocally bad foods for dogs. Though we crave chocolate like crazy, our puppies should be kept far away from the sweet stuff — especially dark chocolate. The compounds in chocolate that are harmful are caffeine and theobromine, which belong to a group of chemicals called methylxanthines. Dogs in danger will exhibit signs like vomiting, increased thirst, abdominal discomfort, and restlessness, severe agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm, high body temperature, seizures, and even death.
While all nuts can be harmful to pups, the macadamia nut may be the worst of all. Affected dogs may experience something comparable to a 48-hour bug in humans. The poor dogs will develop weakness in their rear legs, appear to be in pain, have tremors, and may even develop a low-grade fever.
But don’t worry, your dog isn’t doomed to lead a human food-free life completely. In fact there are a few dishes you can share with your furry family member that are not only safe, but good for them as well.
Any dog owner knows that a Kong toy full of peanut butter can be a gift from heaven for an overactive puppy. Not only is it totally tasty for your dog, it will provide them with a ton of protein. Just be wary of high-salt and high-fat peanut butter, as that can get unhealthy for your pup too.
If you have an extra can of water-packed tuna in your cabinet, consider sharing with Fido. Mixing some flakes of tuna in with your dog’s dry food is an extra special treat full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that are as good for your dog as they are for you!