Friday, December 30, 2016

To Eat or Not To Eat - THAT is the Question!

As a dog parent, there are plenty of things to worry about and research - but food doesn't have to be one of them! Whether it's fruits, veggies, meat, or snacks, some foods aren't good for your pet, while others are A-okay. Here at The PetCot Company, we know how easy it is to slip your pet some of your food, so we want to make sure you know which ones are safe.

Safe to Eat

Foods that are filled with protein, vitamins, and minerals are all great options for your pet. These foods are not only healthy but also safe because they are soft and easy to eat without being a choking hazard.
  • Rice
  • Lettuce
  • Cantaloupe
  • Meat
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bananas
  • Pumpkin
  • Carrots
  • Fish
  • Pears
  • Spinach

Safe in Moderation

These foods are okay occasionally, but you need to keep it limited. The high acid content of pineapple and tomatoes makes them hard to eat, while watermelon seeds can be hard on their digestive system.

  • Pineapple
  • Hot Dogs
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Apples
  • Mushrooms
  • Cheese
  • Bread

Be Careful

If you can avoid the items on this list, your pet won't be any worse off for it. Popcorn kernels can be hard on your pup's stomach, while cherries often have pits that aren't good for them either. Almonds are hard for them to eat and can risk being a choking hazard.

  • Popcorn
  • Cherries
  • Shrimp
  • Peppers
  • Almonds
  • Corn
  • Celery
  • Marshmallows

Not Safe

Finally, it goes without saying that these items don't pass the food test. Beer isn't just bad, it's dangerous. The fermentation and yeast can cause severe issues for your dog. Onions and garlic are not safe for their stomachs and in mild cases can cause vomiting and stomach issues.

  • Walnuts
  • Beer
  • Pomegranate
  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes
  • Nuts
  • Gum
  • Garlic

What Do You Do When Your Pet Eats Something They Shouldn't?

Have you ever dropped something on the floor only to realize that your dog snatched it up before you could stop them? You can't protect your pet from everything, but you can make sure you know what to do in those situations.

Signs That You're Pet Ate Something Foreign

  • Vomiting
  • Painful abdomen
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Changes in typical behavior
  • Changes in bowels - diarrhea, constipation

If you think that your pet has eaten something that's not good for them - either food or foreign object it's important to take them to their vet immediately. Depending on what they may have eaten your vet may suggest an X-ray, or maybe they just need something to help induce vomiting.

Caring For Your Pet

We know that you want the best for your pet, and that goes for the food they eat to the bed they sleep on. Here at PetCot, we can help you provide a raised pet bed that isn't just comfortable, but good for your pet! The raised design makes it easy for them to get on and off, but also keeps them from putting too much strain on their joints. Visit our website today to see sizes, colors, and even accessories for your premium pet bed and start the new year off right!

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