Can I Give My Dog? Answers for Dog Owners Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:04:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Can I Give My Dog Macadamia Nuts? Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:52:53 +0000 Can Dogs Eat Macadamia Nuts?Macadamia nuts are luckily something most people don’t think to feed to their dogs. They are quite expensive but more importantly they’re not a snack you’ll want your dog […]]]>

Can I Give My Dog Macadamia Nuts?Macadamia nuts are luckily something most people don’t think to feed to their dogs. They are quite expensive but more importantly they’re not a snack you’ll want your dog ever getting their paws on. This type of nut is most definitely poisonous for canines.

You may already know it can be dangerous but accidents can and do happen. Most dogs will experience varying levels of symptoms related to macadamia consumption. We’ll cover this important topic in detail. Knowing all the facts in advance may prepare you for such an unfortunate situation involving your dog.

What is interesting is that nobody knows exactly why macadamia nuts are toxic for dogs. However, the effects of the toxicity are well documented. Likewise, there is no antidote available for such poisoning. Luckily, your dog will most likely recover if they get properly treated soon after they become ill.

Can I Give My Dog Macadamia Nuts? Answer: No

Macadamia nuts are 100% off limits for dogs as they are certainly poisonous.

While a very small amount of these nuts likely won’t harm your dog, it just isn’t worth it to risk it. Even though this nut offers a number of healthy benefits for people, just the very high levels of fat alone makes macadamias a bad food for dogs.

It’s certainly a good example of a people food that makes absolutely no sense to feed to a dog. Just don’t do it, seriously!

Macadamia Threshold

If your dog somehow got into your nut supply, you may wish to calculate the danger. Any amount over 1 gram per pound of dog could be worrisome. However, there is a large range of sensitivity in canines which means your dog may or may not be greatly affected by a small amount of macadamia nuts.

In any case, since you are unlikely to be able to gauge such small amounts, a visit to the vet may be in order regardless of how much was consumed. Do this to be on the safe side because macadamia poisoning for dogs can be quite serious if left untreated.

Symptoms to Watch For

There are many health effects that a dog may experience as a result of chowing down on some macadamias. Know that macadamia toxicosis symptoms aren’t usually noticed right away and occur up to 12 hours after ingestion. The effects seem to be much like an allergic reaction whereby the body is affected in a variety of ways, sometimes seriously.

Generally, you may witness your four-legged friend acting weak and their mood could become depressed. They could very well be vomiting with stomach pains and have a fever as well. Muscle weakness, joint pain, ataxia (loss of coordination) or tremors are not uncommon either.

Macadamia Poisoning Help

Treating a dog for this type of food poisoning also varies greatly depending on the severity of symptoms. Help can include simply putting your dog under close observation at home. An emergency visit to a veterinarian can be required in more serious cases.

Often activated charcoal is used to reduce a dogs’ absorption of the harmful elements via the bloodstream. The toxic aspect of macadamia is passed by either vomiting or, over time, through the normal digestive tract functions.

Assuming you’ve properly and timely responded to such an unfortunate scenario, your dog will likely be back to their normal self within 24 to 48 hours.

Other Dangerous Nuts!

We’ve covered the topic of nuts in general but since there are so many varieties it’s difficult to address all the dangers. Here is a rough list of nuts that are potentially dangerous for canines:

Kola, Pistacia, Pine Nuts, Pecans, Almonds, Walnuts, Earth Nuts, Heart, Queensland, Brazil Nut, Paradise, Mongongo, Juniper Berries, Colocynth, Pili, Mamoncillo, Chestnuts, Indian, Water Caltrops, Chufa, Gevuina Avellana, Butternut, Tiger Nuts, Hazelnut, Filberts, Para, Jesuit, Cucurbita Ficifolia, Beech, Pinyon, Oak Acorns, Kluwak, Cream Nuts, Chinkapins, Pistachios, Cashews, Indian Beech, Maya, Gingko Nuts, Cobnuts, Sapucia Nuts, Ogbono and Sapucaya.

Macadamia Conclusion

There is no debate that these exotic nuts are toxic and harmful for dogs. The only good news is that macadamia poisoning doesn’t have to be fatal. Once you are aware of a problem, you can act to save your best friend.

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Can I Give My Dog Vitamin C? Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:28:55 +0000 Can Dogs Take Vitamin-C?Vitamin C is probably the most well known of all vitamin supplements. Yet people continue to hear a lot of conflicting info about giving vitamin C to their dogs. […]]]>

Can I Give My Dog Vitamin C?Vitamin C is probably the most well known of all vitamin supplements. Yet people continue to hear a lot of conflicting info about giving vitamin C to their dogs. Since it can be very useful and healthy for people, perhaps your dog could also benefit from its use? Unfortunately, it’s not that straightforward.

Canines produce their own vitamin C requirements within their bodies. This is in contrast to humans since we don’t have that ability! As such, humans typically require vitamin C much more so than dogs. There are, indeed, cases where you may need to provide supplements to a canine but under normal circumstances it is probably unnecessary.

Your dog, if they are healthy, has a glandular system which makes its own ascorbic acid meaning those needs are automatically covered. Let’s go into more detail regarding vitamin-C for dogs as well as cover situations where you may want to give such a supplement to your four-legged friend.

Can I Give My Dog Vitamin C ? Answer: Yes, but it’s likely not needed

You can give your dog vitamin C when there is a good reason to do so. The sodium ascorbate version is preferred.

We recommend Ester-C Canine because of it’s antioxidant properties and it doesn’t irritate your dog’s GI tract.

People often relate oranges to vitamin-C. But kale, kiwi, grapefruit and many others also contain high doses of it. For the sake of simplicity, in this article, we will focus on pure Vitamin C and its proper use.

Benefits of Vitamin C

Certain medical conditions, especially as they relate to older dogs, may respond well to vitamin-C supplementation. For a serious deficiency, it can be injected by a vet if need be; but it usually comes in powdered form.

If your dog is under stress they could certainly have low levels of vitamin C and may need a supplement. This is difficult to determine and you should seek professional advice to confirm such a situation.

Some veterinarians encourage the use of this essential nutrient to treat dogs for cataracts, joint inflammation and arthritis, glaucoma, kennel cough, certain infections, abscesses and upper respiratory conditions. It can also help in the recovery of injuries, boost the overall immune system and even treat canine cancer.

So, yes, dogs and benefit from vitamin C as well.

K9 Side Effects

You must be careful about administering vitamin C to your dog because often they simply don’t need it. It could harm your dog’s ability to produce their own, perhaps permanently.

Some dogs could become internally stressed, meaning their organs may be working extra hard, as a result of inappropriately using this vitamin. After all, too much means they have to rid their body of it. This could easily result in diarrhea which is a tell-tale sign of too much vitamin-C consumption.

More serious complications from over-use include the development of kidney stones and organ failure, specifically the liver and kidneys.

Sodium Ascorbate vs. Ascorbic Acid

Confusion also surrounds vitamin C because partly because there are different forms on this amazing supplement. Dogs, the way their systems function, may be better suited for sodium ascorbate. In fact, ascorbic acid is probably an inferior form of vitamin C for both man and canine alike.

The concentration and highly acidic nature of ascorbic acid can badly affect your dog’s kidneys and liver. This makes the non-acidic sodium ascorbate, in theory, much more desirable for dogs. Besides that, there is also evidence to suggest that it is more effective because it’s absorbed better.

Conclusion on Vitamin-C

You can supplement your dog’s diet with vitamin C but only if they are deficient of it or you are using it to treat a specific condition. In other words, there should be a good reason for doing so as discussed above.

Providing it to a healthy and happy dog is questionable since they produce their own vitamin-C. It could actually be harmful! We recommend that you discuss any kind of vitamin supplementation for your canine with your vet, beforehand. They will be able to best advise you on proper dosage as well.

You can learn about other supplement use, such as iron and calcium, if you’re curious about canine vitamin supplementation in general.

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Can I Get My Dog Chick Peas? Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:48:40 +0000 Can Dogs Eat Chickpeas?Chickpeas are considered a health food because these legumes contain fairly high levels of protein. At first glance, it seems that chick peas are a good snack for any […]]]>

Can I Give My Dog Chick Peas?Chickpeas are considered a health food because these legumes contain fairly high levels of protein. At first glance, it seems that chick peas are a good snack for any 4-legged friend. But is this really the case?

Since we often use chickpeas for special recipes, especially for making hummus or in salads, our dogs naturally want a taste. But a potential problem for dogs arises when other ingredients are mixed in with the generally bland garbanzo beans as part of a yummy snack.

Let’s examine the benefits of this delicious and healthy food. We’ll also discuss situations where chick peas would be appropriate for your dog as well as times where it is just not recommended.

Can I Give My Dog Chick Peas? Answer: Yes, cooked & plain only

As long as you are feeding your dog cooked chickpeas only, you will likely have nothing to worry about.

A occasional serving of these creamy beans is fine but they shouldn’t be a substantial part of a healthy canine diet. Perhaps chick peas can even help aid your dog’s digestion and work in much the same way a pumpkin serving sometimes helps.

Unfortunately, many folks like to buy chick peas in the form of pre-made hummus which isn’t well suited for dogs. Instead, consider feeding your them straight chickpeas and do so in moderation. Store bought hummus should really be avoided for reasons we will discuss.

It’s best to purchase the dried or canned variety and be sure to fully cook those beans for Fido. It should also be noted that the canned types usually contain a lot of salt, so you may wish to thoroughly rinse the chickpeas off before serving them as a snack.

Chickpeas & Hummus

People like to literally spice up their foods. This is especially truth for a healthy but bland tasting food like chick peas. While your dog will surely appreciate anything you throw at them, you should definitely hold the hummus. A careful look at the label will reveal a long list of questionable or processed ingredients, besides it’s a fairly expensive way to reward a canine.

Making your own hummus, mashing it up but keeping it totally plain, would not only be safer for your dog but also much cheaper than buying it from your local supermarket’s perimeter isle.

Another danger associated with this legume is what people like to complement it with. If not hummus, it’s garlic and onions which are known to go well with chickpeas, for people. But serving those to your dog could be a terrible thing. This is why we can’t stress enough that you should stick to the basics and serve it in basic form.

How do you serve chickpeas to your dog?

Source of Protein & Fiber

Chickpeas contain a good amount of both protein and fiber which could benefit your dog. It may also serve to aid their bowel movements in the case of canine constipation. Further, you’ll be happy to know that the beans are without any saturated fat, cholesterol or sodium. Do watch for added salt on the canned labels, however.

Of course, as with most beans, the most common downside of your dog consuming these would be some excess gas. This is one reason why we always start out by serving a small portion when introducing any new food to our dogs. Everyone knows that beans can have the effect of increasing flatulence and your dog is not immune.

Conclusion on ChickPeas

Plain chick peas can make for a wonderful supplement to a healthy canine diet when served in moderation. We can’t find any valid reason why you cannot feed chickpeas to your dog. The main point is that they should consume this snack in a pure form which you, yourself, may not enjoy as much.

But just because you probably don’t eat it plain doesn’t mean your dog won’t enjoy it. Yes, chickpeas can seem quite tasteless for humans but that’s exactly how you should serve it to your dog. Often this means keeping the store bought hummus all for yourself.

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Can I Give My Dog Calamine Lotion? Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:04:29 +0000 Can I Give My Dog Calamine Lotion?Dogs are vulnerable to skin allergies. Many people are asking about using Calamine lotion as a treatment option. These types of questions tend to pop up when the weather […]]]>

Can I Give My Dog Calamine Lotion?Dogs are vulnerable to skin allergies. Many people are asking about using Calamine lotion as a treatment option. These types of questions tend to pop up when the weather gets nice because most dogs are spending lots of time outdoors.

If your dog has a skin irritation you’ll want to treat it because they may make it worse by scratching at it. Calamine lotion has been around forever and works well for many people. It would be nice to be able to use it on a dog as well rather than having to buy some other expensive medicine. Going to a vet is expensive.

We need to find out exactly what’s in this famous lotion in order to know if it’s okay for canine usage. And if Calamine isn’t safe for dogs then what are some alternatives?

Can I Give My Dog Calamine Lotion? Answer: No

If your dog licks off any Calamine lotion they will likely get an upset stomach.

Unfortunately, the use of Calamine lotion for canines is very similar to the problematic application of Neosporin for pets. Because it’s applied topically, it’s likely your dog will end up consuming some which is definitely not good. This lotion is among the most widely used topical applications but it was specifically designed for people only.

There are, however, many alternatives to Calamine lotion which are most likely even more effective. We’ll discuss those further down the page.

Calamine Lotion Ingredients

Zinc oxide is the primary active ingredient in Calamine lotion or Caladryl. This metallic element is common an many household products and even lots of foods. However, too much can have negative effects on dogs. Calamine contains a relatively high level of zinc. It certainly shouldn’t be tasted or swallowed by anyone.

Unless you can control your dog’s actions, at all times during treatment, then we would recommend against using Calamine lotion.

Potential Side Effects

The most common side effect of a dog consuming some Calamine is an upset stomach. This can be accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, discoloration of the gums and a general sense of being lethargic.

It’s unlikely your dog would ingest an amount which would trigger more serious symptoms. For your information these can include liver damage, anemia, kidney damage, heart problems and seizures.

Zinc is highly toxic for pets but, for example, swallowing a penny would be much more of a concern than tasting some Calamine lotion. In any case, if you’ve already witnessed your dog licking at some of this lotion then you should closely monitor them. If your dog takes a turn for the worse, then bring them to the vet as soon as possible.

Alternatives to Calamine

A veterinarian may recommend the use of a steroid or antibiotic for treating a wide variety of canine skin problems. But there are many natural remedies which may be just as effective.

Lemon has anti-inflammatory properties which can cut down on itching. This is easy to apply to the affected area and doesn’t make a mess. Several teas, such as basil and mint varieties, can alleviate skin discomfort by acting as a type of anesthetic.

You can also try bathing your dog in either oatmeal or baking soda. Mix either of these into their warm bath while paying special attention to the areas most affecting them. If you see results, you can apply either as a paste throughout the day using a mixture with water.

All of these can be more effective and safer than Calamine lotion. There are over-the-counter options which may help your dog as well. Some people use Benadryl but we don’t because we consider it too dangerous for pets. If you use it please be extra careful with the dosage.

 K9 Calamine Conclusion

With so many alternatives to Calamine lotion, you shouldn’t use it for your dog’s allergies, itchiness or any other skins problems. The zinc content, if licked, won’t sit well with them which could cause more trouble.

If your dog is experiencing recurring rashes, hives or some other persistent issues then you should find out why. Sometimes we put too much effort into treating symptoms rather than tackling the underlying problem.

It could be that you may need to take them to the vet for a closer look. Certainly using calamine for an ongoing outbreak won’t cure your dog.

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Can I Give My Dog Onions? Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:57:31 +0000 Can Dogs Eat Onion?Most people know that onions are not a food you should give a dog. Since they’re so bad for canines we will cover this topic. Just because it’s fairly […]]]>

Can I Give My Dog Onions?Most people know that onions are not a food you should give a dog. Since they’re so bad for canines we will cover this topic. Just because it’s fairly common knowledge that your dog shouldn’t eat an onion, doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to learn.

The danger is in the details. Onions can be very toxic for canines but do you know why? Pet owners should learn more because most households are using onion as an ingredient in their most common meals.

It’s also important to know the symptoms and health effects when it comes to onions. This popular vegetable ranks up there among the worst things you can feed to a dog.

Can I Give My Dog Onions? Answer: No Way!

Your dog’s immune system could be seriously harmed if they eat onions. It’s poison for them.

A tiny amount of onion probably won’t harm most dogs. But, in truth, your dog could easily suffer from eating just a regular serving of onions. Since it can be so deadly, we advise that you never allow your dog to even get close enough to taste any.

Onions along with garlic, leeks, shallots and chives belong to the Allium family. Most of these should be avoided when it comes to our 4-legged friends.

It doesn’t matter what variety or how you serve onions, cooked or raw, they are off limits to your pet. Even onion powder is a no-no.

Onions are a K9 Killer

Onion ranks up there with grapes, raisins and chocolate in terms of toxicity for dogs. It’s difficult to know how much can cause serious danger but let’s not find out.

We do know that onions can cause condition known as Hemolytic Anemia which can be fatal, not to mention expensive to treat. The toxic elements of an onion, specifically Thiosulphate, can destroy your dog’s red blood cells. These important cells deliver oxygen to your dog’s organs as well as the brain.

The liver is particularly vulnerable in a K9 case of Heinz Body Anemia.

Symptoms or Lack Of

To make matters worse, you may not even see any effects after your dog eats some onions. Days could go by at which time you may notice a loss of appetite. Many dogs appear to be lethargic as well.

Higher amounts of onion consumption may result in dogs displaying more noticeable symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, a pale appearance, increased heart rate, a change in urine color, heavy breathing, abdominal pain and/or yellowing of the gums, eyes or skin. Frustrating as it is, these can also show up as onion poisoning signs only days later.

If your dog is small they are at an increased risk of reacting badly to an onion. Larger and heavier canines may be able to better tolerate such a mishap. However, no dogs should be allowed it consume it.

Onion Poisoning Plan

If you’re lucky enough to catch onion poisoning early then your dog may need some form of detoxification. Unfortunately, due to the lack of early symptoms, it’s quite possible they may require some costly blood transfusions or oxygen therapy.

In any case, onion poisoned dogs need specialized care and then close monitoring for signs their anemia is under control. By all means reach out to your vet when you’re dealing with such a serious situation. Don’t try to treat a dog, that’s consumed onions, at home because you simply can’t.

Conclusion on Onions

Never give a dog onions, either as an ingredient or by itself. Lots of dogs have died from this food. It is troublesome that such a common food can be so deadly for our beloved pets.

Serving dogs table scraps is the most common way canines come into contact with onions. Due to the seriousness of canine onion poisoning it may cause you to think twice before providing people foods to your dog in general.

If you suspect that your dog has consumed more than a small amount of onions, visit the nearest vet as soon as possible. While your pet may be fine, they will give your dog proper testing and detox treatment that only a veterinarian can provide. Prevent a tragedy by keeping your onions away from the dog!

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Can I Give My Dog Dinovite? Sun, 31 Aug 2014 03:51:52 +0000 Can Dogs Benefit from Dinovite?Dinovite is a well known health supplement because of all the aggressive marketing campaigns they run. We get asked a lot about using it to improve health or treat […]]]>

Can I Give My Dog Dinovite?Dinovite is a well known health supplement because of all the aggressive marketing campaigns they run. We get asked a lot about using it to improve health or treat pesky K9 conditions. Should you give your dog Dinovite? It’s time we finally address the issue.

Their products claim to boost the immune system, reduce allergies, improve skin and coat as well as enhance digestion in dogs of all sizes. Interestingly, since Dinovite contains bacteria and digestive enzymes we actually consider it a type of dog formulated probiotic in addition to being a supplement.

One problem is that Dinovite tightly controls who can sell their products. They aren’t found on PetSmart, Petco or Amazon which makes objective reviews more difficult. So here’s what we think!

Can I Give My Dog Dinovite? Answer: There are cheaper & better options

While your dog may benefit from Dinovite, we believe there are products out there which are a better overall value.

There is nothing very special about Dinovite’s most popular product which is a powder formula. The primary ingredient is ground up flax-seeds followed by kelp and various yeast cultures. Their liquid version, pictured here, contains a lot of fish oil and chicken parts.

Dinovite does seem to work for many dogs and most of the reviews are positive. Of course, you can’t go by any review on the company’s website since they aren’t going to showcase anything negative there. The truth is that Dinovite relies on their brand name recognition to drive sales for what’s become an overpriced product line relative to similarly effective canine supplements.

Dinovite Hit or Miss

First off, dogs with serious medical problems should see a vet. There is no way around it. No supplement is going to turn around a serious condition.

But most dog owners going the Dinovite route are trying to treat issues like allergies from grass pollen, for example. It may help your dog but based on my research, lots of folks are reporting mixed results after using Dinovite.

Their products do contain a lot of healthy elements such as vitamins, trace minerals, Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. The problem is that Dinovite’s price point creates very high expectations for dog owners.

Dinovite Downside

Nobody wants to spend a significant amount of money for something they aren’t blown away by. If the product doesn’t cure their dog’s issues, you end up with some very unhappy customers.

People are also reporting cases of diarrhea after giving their dogs Dinovite. Other dogs, particularly fussy types, don’t actually like the taste of Dinovite. Another problem is that the liquid version smells really awful (people and dogs both agree).

The good news is that there are now so many dog treatments for shedding, itching, stinkiness, joints, allergies and general health. We’ll make some suggestions here.

Best Dinovite Alternatives

The Missing Link has a highly rated line of supplements which are much cheaper than Dinovite. You can target your dog’s coat or skin with their Ultimate Skin & Coat Dog Supplement or try their joint health and digestive solution called Ultimate Hip, Joint & Coat Dog Supplement.

Our dogs have benefited from both of those and so we highly recommend them. Our neighbors swear by Nupro Dog Supplement by Nutri-Pet Research for their Pug.

Some say Dinovite’s products are more fresh than other supplements because they don’t sit in third party warehouses. This is no longer true since Missing Link’s products sell like hot cakes!

Better K9 Probiotics

If you are looking for a probiotic to improve your dog’s digestion and stomach health then try one of these instead of overpriced Dinovite:

Veterinary Diets Fortiflora by Purina

Probiotic Everyday Bite Size Chews or Vetri-Mega by Vetri-Science Laboratories

These 3 products have a proven track record. You can read unbiased reviews about them on third-party websites like Amazon unlike Dinovite. All of them are also much cheaper.

Conclusion on Dinovite

There are quality supplements or probiotics that don’t break the bank. Research the recommendations throughout this article. Dinovite seems to work for some dogs but it doesn’t offer the best overall value in today’s competitive market. Save yourself an expensive disappointment.

You may also consider changing your dog’s diet. Doing so could dramatically improve canine health. Avoid dog foods containing worthless corn-based fillers or chicken by-products. Instead, get your dog a quality brand with real meat listed as the first ingredient.

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