Tuesday, 15 November 2011

FOODS THAT DOGS SHOULD NEVER EAT

The following is a short list of foods that dogs should never eat - to see a full list of foods and plants that dogs should never eat please click here.

CHOCOLATE - ingesting chocolate can cause serious and lethal malfunction of the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and central nervous systems. Chocolate also has the same negative effect on cats, rabbits and guinea pigs.

FATS - Butter, margarine, lard, and excessive amounts of oil. Ingesting any substantial amount of these fats can cause failure of the internal organs such as the liver. I do feed my dogs a small amount (1/2 tablespoon for the really little guys like Carmen and Jacob; 1 tablespoon for my dogs who weigh 15lbs to 30lbs and 2 tablespoon for all the larger dogs) of oil. A good quality oil (containing Omega fatty acids) in these small amounts is as good for the dog's health as it is for humans, when ingested in proper quantities on a daily basis.

GRAPES (and raisins) - ingesting grapes can cause damage to the internal organs such as the liver.

ONIONS - eating onions (fresh or cooked) will lower your dog’s white blood cell count.

POULTRY BONES - chewing/eating chicken and other poultry bones is very dangerous for your dog. Poultry bones are very soft and brittle, the bone shards are sharp and can cut your dog's mouth but worse than that, they can puncture your dog’s innards and cause grievous damage and death.  There is one company that does sell cooked chicken bones specifically for dogs - the bones are cooked to a point where they are very soft and can cause no harm.

For a much more extensive list see this article.



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Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press

Adjective

"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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