Ever wonder if it's okay to give your dog a sip of beer, a handful of popcorn or scrambled eggs? It's hard to resist Rover when he is drooling at your feet, intently watching you munch a bag of chips. We asked nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner, aka Radio Pet Lady and author of The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants to Know, which foods for dogs are forbidden and which are pooch-approved.
1. My Dog Likes Beer
"Dogs are far more sensitive to alcohol than humans," says Tracie, "so the rule has to be zero tolerance." Just because your dog likes beer, doesn't mean he should drink it. She adds: "Dogs also like the taste of antifreeze and deer poop." Noted!
2. Popcorn and Chips
Potato chips loaded with salt are an unhealthy snack food for dogs and you. If you can't resist those puppy dog eyes, a few handfuls of unsalted popcorn is the healthier choice
3. Eggs and Cheese
Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Our expert says it's safe to feed cooked eggs to your four-legged friend up to three times per week, without adding high-fat cheese.
4. Peanut Butter Treat
A good rule of thumb is one finger lick of peanut butter as a treat. Like cheese, peanut butter is a rich, high-calorie food for dogs, best enjoyed with just one lick. It's also fun to watch your dog eat it.
5. Pawsitively Toxic Food
Onions top the list of toxic dog foods. They contain thiosulfate and organosulfur, both of which can cause canine liver damage. As for chocolate, darker is more dangerous. Even a little can cause illness.
Protect your pet by investing in the LINK AKC Smart Collar, which offers 24/7 access to the Pet Poison Helpline, where you can speak to a trained veterinary toxicologist. If you notice symptoms from the toxic food checklist, contact your local vet or the helpline immediately.
Toxic Food Checklist:
1. Is your dog vomiting repeatedly?
2. Does your dog have diarrhea?
3. Does your dog have a decreased appetite?
4. Is your dog lethargic?
5. Is your dog drinking more water than usual?