Omaha, Neb. It's the weekend of cookouts. That means we need to be extra careful our furry friends don't get their paws on the food.
What can they eat at the family barbecue? The Nebraska Humane Society's Pam Wiese has the menu.
Warm weather means that fresh fruits and vegetables are in abundance. But if you've ever dropped a blueberry on the floor and your vacuum of a dog Hoovers it up, you might wonder if it's a safe thing for him to consume.
First off, what is not safe: avoid grapes and raisins. They can create a toxic reaction in pets that causes acute kidney failure and stops urine production. This doesn't happen in all pets but it can be fatal if yours has this reaction.
Now for the good guys: fresh strawberries are OK for dogs. (not canned and no syrup - just fresh).
Strawberries are not only a healthy sweet treat for your dog, they have bonus benefits. Over time, fresh fruit helps with aging, strengthens your pet's immune system and helps with weight management. Removing high fat, salty, snacks also helps with your pup's teeth.
As with adding any other food into your dog's diet, it is always best if you call your veterinarian prior to doing so just to be sure your specific pet doesn't have any obvious red flags or is on a medication that might interact with a diet change.
Make sure you cut the fruit up in small pieces to avoid choking and easier digestion and of course –everything in moderation.
So start with small quantities and watch for any changes in your pet's behavior or digestive issues. Should you notice anything odd, stop adding any fruit, and contact your veterinarian.
And just in case you are wondering what other fruits you can feed your dog to keep them cool and healthy, here are a few more:
- frozen bananas
- watermelon with seeds removed
- apple pieces, with core and seeds removed
If you drop a berry or two don't worry. You'll actually be helping your pet stay healthy.