* Note #1: Be aware that
beans, broccoli, cabbage and the like can cause dogs to have excessive gas.
If you are expecting company or live in a small apartment you may wish to skip
giving the dogs these items.
* Note #2:
Before dog care
experts get in a snit, let me state we buy lean meat to begin with, so there
isn't much fat. We render the trimmings in a small skillet over low heat,
drain most of the fat and add the crispy trimmings to their dry dog food.
* Note #3: Hold the bones!
The most dangerous are small splintery ones like pork chop, fish and poultry
bones which can puncture an intestine, causing an agonizing, expensive and
life-threatening crisis. Don't give even large bones to dogs with powerful
jaws, such as Rottweilers or Pit Bulls; small splinters chunked off big bones
can lodge in the alimentary tract, causing more subtle problems. When you
put bones in the garbage, add a slop of ammonia. This cuts the eventual
smell as they decay, and may save a garbage hound from pain and death.
Small bones from poultry or fish may be pressure-cooked until soft, ground up
and added to dogs' diets, however. It's good nutrition for them.
* Note #4:
While we're on the
subject of pets, never feed cats raw egg whites! Egg whites can
cause a serious vitamin deficiency in cats, as does a diet of nothing but tuna.
* Note #5: Pick out any larger
pieces of onion (a good reason to put larger pieces into the chicken broth
rather than chopped). Large amounts of onion, cooked or raw, can cause
hemolytic anemia in which the dog's red blood cells are destroyed. This is
not a good thing! Too much garlic can also cause a similar
problem, although small amounts are good for dogs and they love it.
* Note #6:
can actually harm puppies as well as adult dogs with kidney problems or
constipation. Don't go overboard with chicken mush at one sitting for such
dogs, since it contains a lot of calcium.
* Note #7:
Remove any chocolate from
your dog's reach. If a large dog steals a piece or two of chocolate
candy, probably the worse that can happen is possible vomiting and/or diarrhea.
If a small one eats a whole package of good chocolate, you're in deep doggie
doo. Baking chocolate is the most dangerous; prepared chocolate candy
actually has very little chocolate! According to experts, less than one
ounce of good baking chocolate or cocoa can cause death in toy or very small
breeds; four to eight ounces can kill a German Shepherd or Doberman
Pinscher. If in doubt, call your vet, who can fix it as long as you get
On the subject of sweets, another warning. If you use xylitol (also
knows as birch sugar, although it's frequently made from corn byproducts) for
sweetening, as I do, be sure you NEVER let a dog have anything containing this
useful sweetening product. The human body does not recognize it as a sugar
and absorbs almost no calories from it; even diabetics can use it. It
normally passes harmlessly out of the body, yet tastes, acts and looks like
regular white sugar. However dog's bodies recognize it as a sugar without
end! Their bodies start throwing insulin into their system until it kills
them! If a dog eats an item containing xylitol, take them to a vet without
delay! Unless you are sure you can keep foods containing this
sweetener away from your dogs, don't use it to begin with!