Many kinds of human food are safe and nutritious supplements to your dog’s diet, although others may pose health hazards that require a trip to a veterinary hospital. Here are some examples of foods you can and shouldn’t feed to your dog.
Do Feed Your Dog:
Cooked salmon as well as its skin and oil are healthy options to add more protein to your dog’s diet. The omega-3 fatty acids will keep their fur sleek and support their immune health.
Cooked chicken is another tasty treat with protein that can be a full meal if you run out of dog food. Take out the bones before serving because they’re easily broken and can cause choking.
Just like with people, apples can naturally clean your dog’s teeth and freshen their breath. Take out the seeds to avoid choking hazards.
Don’t Feed Your Dog:
Dogs are severely allergic to cacao and can even become terminally ill if they ingest large amounts of chocolate. Small to moderate amounts can result in vomiting, tremors, excessive thirst, and urination. Extreme signs of toxicity warrant an emergency visit to a veterinary hospital.
Though these nuts may not seem like a risky snack, dogs have a hard time digesting them. Macadamia nuts can produce symptoms of indigestion within 12 hours of consumption, and discomfort can last up to 48 hours.
Dogs don’t have enough enzymes to break down the lactose in dairy products. Ingesting milk, cheese, or ice cream can cause diarrhea and other digestive issues.
If your dog has a negative reaction to human food, schedule an emergency visit at Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital. The Oahu veterinary hospital can give you a list of vet-approved human food. They also provide wellness exams, surgery, dentistry, and dermatology to cover all bases of your pet’s health needs. Review their services on their website. To schedule an appointment, call (808) 671-7387.