September is Food Safety Education Month! This is one topic that is important for both people and pets. Fido doesn’t know what is and isn’t safe for him, so it’s up to you to make sure he’s eating safe, suitable foods. A Bend, OR vet offers some suggestions on this below.
Many popular foods are poisonous to pets. (Dogs also sometimes eat things that aren’t food, but that’s another topic entirely.) Grapes, currants, and raisins are at the top of the list of dangerous options. In some cases, eating just one grape has caused pups to go into organ failure! Other unsafe foods include chocolate, avocados, garlic and onions, many nuts and mushrooms, fruits with seeds or pips, caffeine, alcohol, and anything that contains xylitol. Meat on the bone is also dangerous, as are raw dough and yeast.
So what can Fido eat? Most types of meat, fish, and poultry are fine, as long as they’re cooked, unseasoned, and free of skin, bones, and fat. However, you do want to limit fatty meats, such as bacon, and organ meats, like liver and kidney. Eggs and cheese are also okay, as are many fruits and veggies. Ask your vet for specific advice.
It’s also important to store Fido’s food properly. Open cans of wet food should be covered and kept in the fridge. If you get dry food, make sure that it doesn’t spoil before your pet finishes the bag. If you store it in a separate container, clean that out regularly.
Recalls fortunately are not an everyday occurrence, but they do happen. It’s not a bad idea for you to monitor product recalls. You can follow these at the FDA site here or the AMVA site here. You can also set up email alerts.
Just like people, dogs can develop food allergies. Sometimes pups become allergic to specific types or protein, such as chicken. Others develop an intolerance for grains, like corn or wheat. If you know or suspect that Fido has food allergies, consult your vet. Your canine buddy may need to eat a very bland diet for a while, until symptoms stop. Then, foods can be reintroduced one by one, to see what causes reactions. Ask your vet for more information.
As your Bend, OR animal clinic, we’re here to help! Call us anytime!