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To Eat or Not to Eat

It’s tempting to give your pets “people food”. They are, of course, part of the family, so why shouldn’t they be included in meal times? But not all people food is safe for dogs. Be sure you know the difference before you offer your dog something from your plate.

Safe Foods: Lean meats; raw bones like turkey necks; slices of apple, oranges, bananas, and watermelon; carrots, green beans, cucumber, zucchini, pumpkin, sweet potatoes; cooked oatmeal, white rice and more.

Unsafe Foods: Chocolate; grapes & raisins; caffeine; mushrooms; macadamia nuts; candy and gum; sugar; Xylitol (sweetener); ALL cooked bones; corn cobs; sugary foods (pies); bread, yeast dough; large amounts of avocado and more.

If you know or suspect your pet has ingested or been exposed to a toxic substance, call your veterinarian, a nearby emergency animal hospital, and/or the 24/7 Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680.

Dr. Becker, Healthy Pets at

More advice on what foods might be toxic for your dog:

•          Top 10 Pet Poisons

•          Top Pet Poisoning Causes

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