Ivanhoe Newswire — Most owners know not to give their pets chocolate, alcohol and moldy food. Side effects to giving Fido the wrong foods include vomiting, coordination problems, high temperatures, weakness in their hind legs and even death. So, what can you give them that won’t hurt them?
If you don’t know what human foods are safe to give your dog, try certain fruits. It can be used to hide medicine. But steer clear of fat from meat as it may give them pancreatitis.
Also, don't throw your dog a bone because it may cause them to choke if a piece gets stuck or it could chip their teeth. Other foods to avoid include onions and garlic, which can kill red blood cells and cause anemia.
Not all fruits are safe, though. Grapes and raisins might lead to kidney failure. But some peanut butter, popcorn and bread are safe. And watch the calories. Dogs should eat between 25 to 30 calories per pound to maintain their weight. So, if you have a 10-pound dog, they should eat only between 250 to 300 calories in the day.
Have a cat instead of a dog? Cats enjoy steamed veggies such as carrots, broccoli and asparagus, which adds fiber to their diet. But don't give them milk. Though they can digest the dairy product as kittens, many lose their ability to consume it as they grow older.
Also, don't share too much liver, which might cause vitamin toxicity, or yeast dough because it might cause your cat's stomach to expand as the dough rises.
And if you have a dog and cat, don't give the cat your dog's food and vice versa.