Everyone knows the saying: dogs are a (wo)man’s best friend. And what do we do with our best friends? We eat.
The foods we feed our dogs can either make them healthier or cause them harm.
You already know that foods such as grapes and chocolate can be toxic to your furry companions, so here are some foods you can share with man’s
best friend to keep you both happy and healthy.
1. Peanut butter
Peanut butter contains heart healthy fats, along with vitamin B, niacin and vitamin E.
Try stuffing your dog’s bone or Kong toy with peanut butter. It will be a fun treat to keep him or her entertained for hours.
RED ALERT!! ONLY USE PEANUT BUTTER THAT HAS NO SUGAR SUBSTITUTE CALLED: XYLITOL!!
As if you needed another reason to eat cheese?
As long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant, (yes, some are) then low-fat cheeses can be a great treat option for your canine friend.
Carrots are high in vitamin A and beta-carotene.
They improve eyesight and benefit your teeth, making them a great healthy choice to share with your pet (bonus points if you dip them in peanut butter).
Also, for small puppies that are teething, they are cold and hard for teething purposes, and provide natural glucose, to provide them with a small burst of energy.
You now have a reason to eat pumpkin year round.
Enjoy some of this vitamin A-packed fruit with your pup to keep their GI tract moving and help with doggy digestive issues.
100% Pure Pumpkin is great for any tummy upsets, including diarrhea and or, constipation.
Eggs are high in protein and easy digestible, making them a great choice if you’re sharing brunch with your pup. Make sure they’re boiled.
Apple slices can help freshen your pooch’s stinky breath.
They make a great choice to share , but don’t forget to take out the seeds and core as they can be a choking hazard.
Oatmeal is a great source of fiber for both you and your dog.
Make sure to cook before serving and opt for oats with no added sugars or artificial sweeteners (+10 points if you add zucchini to your oats to sneak a serving of veggies into your dog’s diet).
The good kind of fat found in salmon can help improve not only your hair and nails but your dog’s coat as well.
Mix some in with your dog’s breakfast or dinner so that all of their dog hair will be healthy and shiny.
Pineapple is a great summer treat for your pup that contains both calcium and potassium.
Try freezing fresh chunks to give to your pet as a sweet snack.
Rice is great for your dog, especially if they’re having stomach troubles.
Brown or white can work: while brown is a little higher in protein, white rice is easier to digest (especially for older dogs).
Rice is a binder, so if your dog has loose poops, this will help their tummy to be calmed, and at the same time, help to form their bowels normally again.
Feeding your Morkie
CAN MY MORKIE EAT NUTS?
Nuts are not such a great idea for your Morkie.
Many can make your little dog very sick, and almost all nuts pose a serious choking hazard for a small dog like a Morkie, Yorkie or Maltese.
Another common danger with nuts is mould.
Mould often infects tree nuts including pistachios, walnuts, hickory nuts, and pecans.
Mouldy nuts contain aflatoxins, which can lead to lifelong health troubles for your dog, including liver failure.
Deadly: macadamia nuts
These delicious buttery nuts from Hawaii and Australia are THE worst thing for a dog. Why?
They contain a toxin that causes severe neurological problems – meaning they attack the nervous system.
So your dog may appear drunk, staggering all over;
or he may lose his ability to walk (temporarily or permanently!)
Severe vomiting and weakness can also be symptoms.
If you suspect your Morkie has eaten macadamia nuts, see the vet at once.
More Nuts to Avoid
Almonds aren’t as dangerous or deadly but they can cause a lot of digestive upset for your Morkie, along with the choking possibility.
Pistachios are “OK” except if they are mouldy and this type of nut is susceptible to mould.
Not enough for us to notice, let along affect us but for a small dog, they can mean trouble.
Cashews don’t contain anything particularly poisonous to dogs but they ARE high in fat which can lead to obesity and even kick start pancreatitis in your small dog.
Brazil nuts are THE fattiest of all nuts, so again, should be avoided because of the risk of pancreatitis.
Walnuts are not only responsible for severe digestive illness in dogs, they can obstruct the bowel, leading to very serious problems.
Plus, they’re one of “the mouldies.” (Black Walnuts are just as bad for dogs.)
Pecans are bad for dogs because, according to to the www.mom.me website they can cause aflatoxin poisoning — whose symptoms include “loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, coloured urine and jaundice, liver failure, blood-tinged vomit and bloody or blackened stools.”
What about peanuts and peanut butter?
Peanuts are NOT toxic to dogs – because they’re not nuts.
But don’t feed your Morkie too many, because of their higher fat content, and avoid salted or seasoned peanuts.
Peanut butter is another treat dogs seem to love, and it can be an occasional treat, or used in making dog biscuits.
PEANUTS AREN’T NUTS
While “nut” is in their name, peanuts are in fact legumes.
Peanuts actually grow underground, as opposed to nuts like walnuts, almonds, etc. that grow on trees (and are sometimes referred to as “tree nuts”).
Smarter Snacks for your Morkie
Instead of nuts, try your Morkie with a small piece of your favourite fruit – apple, banana, peach.
(NOT grapes). Or try some veggies including a bit of carrot, celery or a green bean.
No matter how healthy a snack might be, remember the 10% rule – only 10% of your Morkie’s total calories per day should be made up of snacks.
The rest should be a balanced dry food.