Good for You; Not so Good for your Fur Family Member!


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There was the list titled 12 Foods Dangerous to Dogs. Clearly, it is not as simple as reading this list, and getting it right. As Kevin posted, he uses garlic to ward off fleas. You will also find it in some dog treats, dog foods, etc. Salmon is contained in certain high-price-tag foods, but it is cooked. Avocados raised the most eyebrows of everything on the list. Honestly, we avoid giving them to our Weims. Sometimes the unknown is not worth the risk–this is especially true with our beloved Weimaraners. The best approach is to avoid these foods unless you know for sure how much, and what it is safe.

Avocado (Web MD)

No matter how good you think the guacamole is, you shouldn’t give it to your dog. Avocados contain a substance called persin. It’s harmless for humans who aren’t allergic. But large amounts might be toxic to dogs. If you happen to be growing avocados at home, keep your dog away from the plants. Persin is in the leaves, seed, and bark, as well as in the fruit. (Click here to visit Web MD)


Conflicting Reports

Avocado (Veterinary Pet Insurance)

Despite the rumors, avocado is not poisonous to dogs, nor likely to cats,” says Dr. Justine Lee, a board-certified emergency critical care veterinary specialist and the associate director of Veterinary Services at Pet Poison Helpline, an animal poison control based out of Minneapolis, MN.  Click here to read the article from Veterinary Pet Insurance Editor Christine Gowen

Avocado (ASPCA)

We would generally not expect avocado meal or oil present in commercial pet foods to pose a hazard to dogs and cats. Click here to read what the ASPCA says about the feeding of the avocado to your pets.

Garlic for Dogs’ Fleas (Vetinfo)

Many pet owners are now opting for natural and inexpensive remedies to get rid of the fleas on their dogs. This is because chemicals present in flea control products can cause diseases such as diabetes, cancer or renal failure and also lead to nervous system disorders and seizures.

Using garlic is a natural, inexpensive and safe way to get rid of the fleas biting your dog. When garlic is added to a dog’s diet, it enters the blood stream and the scent and taste of the garlic gets into the skin. Fleas hate the scent and taste of garlic and jump off the dog. An added advantage is that your dog won’t suffer from bad breath due to the ingestion of garlic. You can administer garlic to your dog in many ways. You can either add a quarter of a clove of garlic to the dog’s wet food, or add a garlic tablet to the food. Alternatively, dust your pet’s coat with small amounts of garlic powder or you rub garlic salt into your pet’s coat to rid your pet of fleas.

Raw garlic isn’t recommended for dogs and only cooked garlic incorporated in the food should be administered to the pet. Remember, large quantities of garlic are harmful to your pet’s health… Click here to read what Vetinfo says on the topic.

Dangers Lurk Everywhere

This list is a good checklist; however, it is not that simple. Seeing the list, makes a person take pause. That is a good thing. We need to understand the facts, or avoid sharing the food (with the Weim) altogether. Nevertheless, you can see with the avocado how misinformation can be passed around. At the same time, people who have avocados in their yard, or discard the more toxic parts might not give it two thoughts about the potential danger. What about the pit? If ingested that would lead to a blockage. You would not want that to happen. The Weimaraner is notorious for eating crazy stuff.

Some other fruits and vegetables are fine to share, but in limited quantities. For example, bananas are listed as a good snack when used in moderation, however, too many least to gastric imbalances, and weight gain. Fruit pits in general are unsafe for many reasons. If you have a fruit tree, it is the smart thing to keep the fallen fruit away from your Weimaraner.

Each food listed deserves a blog. There is never a time I don’t shutter when I place a bag of raisins on the counter. The rule of thumb here is if they are out in bulk, the Weims must kennel up. The risk is too great that I will turn my back, and the raisins will disappear. A lot of these foods have magnetic qualities. Weimlovers know, (and understand) their fur family is cunning, as well as swift. Cliff and I hope this sheds some light on the food dangers listed on Facebook. Never forget that just because a food is safe (as well as nutritious) for us, it doesn’t make it so for our beloved Weimaraner. 

Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic in all forms — powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated — can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. That can happen even with the onion powder found in some baby food. An occasional small dose is probably OK. But just eating a large quantity once or eating smaller amounts regularly can cause poisoning. Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and breathlessness.

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acamole is, you shouldn’t give it to your dog. Avocados contain a substance called persin. It’s harmless for humans who aren’t allergic. But large amounts might be toxic to dogs. If you happen to be growing avocados at home, keep your dog away from the plants. Persin is in the leaves, seed, and bark, as well as in the fruit

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Posted on May 28, 2014, in Dangers, Food, General Health, Health and Wellness, Information and Education, Ingested items and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. thanks for a great post! I rather use frontline or the new revolution to prevent fleas instead of garlic. xylitol is a kind of sweetener, right? Is stevia dangerous too or is it safe?

  2. I don’t know about Stevia for dogs. Xylitol is in a lot of sugar-free things—especially gum. This can be dangerous when pilfered from the handbag. That is another blog topic. Some Weims react to frontline or revolution–it is a precarious tightrope walk.

  3. so it’s maybe better not to change to revolution if frontline works? Easy is a gum-junkie, he always tries to get it out of my mouth (probably to see me chewing activates all 7 stomachs)

  4. Gum……….uhhhhhh oh no. LOL Well do some research

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