Though dogs have shared our food since the beginning of time, there are things we eat they should not.
Artificial sweeteners, esp. zylitol which is sometimes added to peanut butter, are really harmful as are some preservatives found in food even pet food.
Egg whites contain high levels of avidin, a protein that binds biotin strongly from the body. Overuse of raw egg white can lead to imbalance. A way around that is to give the raw yolk to your pup – full of rich fat & lecithin, and make yourself an omelet out of the white.
There are pet nutritionists who suggest that avocados are bad for dogs. But many dogs have no problem with them. Every animal is different. Introduce new foods one at a time and in small amounts so that response can be monitored. This advice includes processed canned pet food and kibble as some animals can be harmed from from a single serving.
Raw Meat has the potential of salmonella, though there are many advocates of raw diets. The trick is to have a clean, fresh killed source and process the food quickly – freezing extra. Food that is frozen and then defrosted can produce millions of bacterium, which is another issue with home made raw food. Frozen meat, fish and even vegetables should be cooked without defrosting and if possible put in rapidly boiling water rather than in cold water which is then brought up to boil.
Cooked bones can splinter and should never be given to dogs. Raw Beef or Lamb marrow bones can be used as occasional treats but plunge them into boiling water to kill any bacteria or parasites before allowing your animal to have them and discard them once the marrow has been removed.
Fish is good for dogs but make sure all bones are removed as even tiny ones can catch in the throat or cause perforation. Cooked bones from canned fish are high in Phosphorus and should be discarded though they will not cause the same choking hazard. Over use of tuna may increase your pet’s Mercury load. Check country of origin on canned fish products and choose fish from far North Atlantic rather than from China and other heavily polluted Ocean sources.
Nuts are unnecessary, though many dogs like almonds. Cheese is very popular but is high in salt & fat and can cause constipation. Garlic used medicinally is fine for most dogs and there are many products available using garlic esp. as a flea repellent.
Sneezing, choking, drooling, scratching, skin eruptions, ear infections, vaginitis caused by yeast, bloat, sudden diarrhea, are all signs of allergic reaction. Offending food should be discontinued immediately and not re-introduced. In some cases inducing vomiting is a good idea, as is use of activated charcoal but always check with your Vet before resorting to such measures. If the reaction is mild the body will eliminate quickly.
Allergic reactions can be deadly – so that is why it is important to monitor when giving your pet anything different from trusted food sources.