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Can dogs eat tomatoes?

What they are: Minerals are inorganic compounds that the body needs to maintain proper metabolic functions. The body cannot manufacture minerals and so must get them from food. There are two classes of minerals: macrominerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, chloride) and microminerals (iron, copper, zinc, manganese, selenium, iodine). Macrominerals are required by the body […]

Sad to say this people favorite is not sweet on dogs.

Though most dogs love cheese, it is high in both fat and salt. Try a low-fat cheese like mozzarella. Photography ©igorr1 | Getty Images. Lactose intolerance poses the main concern with dairy products. Lactose, a sugar found in milk and milk products, can be difficult for some dogs (and people) to digest. As long as […]

Can dogs eat chocolate?

Diana Laverdure-Dunetz, M.S., is a canine nutritionist and co-author, with M. Jean Dodds, D.V.M., of two books including Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health. Their online course, Complete Canine Your 10-Year-Old Dog I used to call my dog the canine vacuum. He kept my carpets clean, sucking up any […]

Can dogs eat prepared foods?

reduced fat; made from grass-fed beef; and free of preservatives, artificial colors and artificial flavors. Cook and cut them before serving. Can dogs eat nuts? Nuts are a good source of protein, but they can be high in calories and salt, hard to digest and a choking hazard. Even nuts that are safe for dogs […]

Can dogs eat meats?

Get THEM from: Dog-friendly vegetables, fruits, legumes and gluten-free grains. The importance of each nutrient class could — and does — take up entire books, so I’ve only skimmed the surface. The bottom line in dog nutrition is that all dogs need an ample supply of nutrients to survive and thrive. The fewer of these […]

Can dogs eat fruit?

While people love chocolate (and studies suggest it has human health benefits), sad to say this people favorite is not sweet on dogs. Chocolate (as well as cocoa and coffee) contains compounds called methylxanthines that are toxic to dogs. The darker the chocolate (bittersweet and semisweet dark chocolate, cocoa powder and unsweetened baking chocolate), the […]

Can dogs eat dairy?

You don’t want a salty dog. While dogs need some salt, too much salt not only will make your dog thirsty, it also can lead to dehydration, hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney failure, heart disease and sodium poisoning. Avoid excessively salty foods and snacks (particularly for dogs with a heart condition) like processed lunch meats, […]

A dog eating carrots.

hazards and bones that can break teeth or splinter, causing internal blockages or punctures. “Anything you give should be fully edible and not cause an obstruction,” Dr. Linder says. The keys to safely feeding your dog are education, moderation and introducing new foods slowly to monitor for adverse effects. Remember: Each dog is unique. Factors […]

This piece was originally published in 2017.

value of the food,” he says, and taking into account your dog’s unique nutritional and caloric needs. Dr. Ward advocates what he calls “the hybrid menu”: a combination of quality commercial dog food and whole foods (unprocessed, unrefined, without additives and artificial substances). Because highly processed packaged food undergoes high heat and pressure that can […]

Carbohydrates.

As long as you follow the above precautions, you can feed your dog several fruits, including apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, coconut, mango, oranges, pineapple, pumpkin, strawberries and watermelon. Although the meat of cherries is not poisonous to dogs, the fruit’s small pit can cause big problems by becoming lodged in the throat or […]