What Can Dogs Eat?
It’s always good to check before you feed new foods to your dog. Want to find out if yogurt, cinnamon, sunflower seeds and other foods are safe for canine consumption? Read on!
Can Dogs Eat Sunflower Seeds
Yes, dogs can eat sunflower seeds if the shells are removed. When buying sunflower seeds with the intention of sharing them with your canine companion, opt for organic, salt free seeds and remove the shells before giving them to your dog.
Sunflower seeds are also safe for puppies, but they should only make up a small part of your dog’s diet. Whenever you introduce new foods into your dog’s diet, try feeding them one or two and slowly increase their intake if you don’t notice any negative side effects.
Can Dogs Get Poison Ivy
Yes, poison ivy can affect dogs. However, it’s far less likely to affect dogs thanks to their long, protective hairy coats.
Dogs with shorter hair are more likely to get poison ivy. If it does affect your dog, look for a dog-specific colloidal oat-meal shampoo.
You can also catch poison ivy from your dog by petting her after she has come into contact with it. To avoid nasty itching, wipe your dog down after walking through woods or other areas with poison ivy.
Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon
Yes, dogs can eat cinnamon. Cinnamon is not toxic for dogs and shouldn’t cause negative effects when consumed in small doses, although eating a large amount of cinnamon could give your dog an upset tummy.
While cinnamon is not dangerous, other ingredients – such as raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts and sugar – are harmful for dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Yogurt
Yogurt is made out of dairy, so although it’s not dangerous for dogs to eat it will be difficult for them to digest. Milk is not part of an adult dog’s regular diet and as a result many dogs are lactose intolerant.
A lick of your almost-empty yogurt container probably won’t cause damage, but you need to be careful about the type of yogurt you feed your dog.
While sugar is not particularly good for animals, artificial sweeteners like xylitol are toxic and could cause serious damage.
Yogurt has no real health benefits for dogs and could cause digestive issues, so it’s best to find an alternative treat.
Can Dogs Eat Cat Food
If your dog samples some of your cat’s food, it isn’t a big deal. However, if your dog eats cat food on a regular basis and easts cat food instead of dog food, it can cause health problems.
Dog food is made for dogs, while cat food is made for cats. Cat food will not have the right nutrients that dogs need to stay healthy and therefore it’s best that they stick to their own food.
If you have a dog and a cat living in your house and you want to separate their food, you may want to invest in a pet food dispenser. These are machines that can serve your animal food when you’re not around.
Some food dispensers come with chip recognition which you can program to only open for a specific animal and close when that animal moves away. This will stop your dog getting at your cat’s food and vice versa!
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