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Doggy Diets: Three Keys to Health and “Hoppiness”

Chart of toxic foods for dogs | Whitworth Animal ClinicWhile there have been scares related to the ingredients and quality of commercial dog food, most experts agree that it is nutritionally balanced and promotes good canine health. Many dog owners subscribe to the “No People Food” rule and serve only commercially prepared food to their pet. There are those who feed only homemade mixes of vegetables, red meat, grain, fish, and poultry. Either way, the pet’s health needs can be met.

However, most people lead busy lives, so it’s hard to budget time to cook for the family—let alone the family pet. For those folks, it’s fine to meet somewhere in the middle with a blend of “people food” and commercial food. The key is to remember what’s okay and even beneficial and what’s detrimental.

#1 What you should NOT put in your dog’s tummy:

  • Chocolate especially dark *Keep chocolate out of reach from your dog.
  • Alcohol *Poisonous for dogs and cats
  • Raw Eggs
  • Cinnamon
  • Artificial sweeteners, sugar
  • Garlic, onions, leeks, chives
  • Ice Cream
  • Almonds, Macadamia nuts
  • Fat & skin *can cause painful pancreatitis
  • Any of these can cause diarrhea & vomiting and worse. Call Dr. Whitworth or the Pet Poison Helpline if your pet is in distress or if you would like to know more about toxins that may harm your pet.

#2 These food are safe and beneficial

  • Popcorn-unbuttered, unsalted
  • Corn, no cob
  • Cooked fish-especially salmon & sardines maximum 2X per week
  • Yogurt-plain
  • Honey
  • Peanuts, cashews, coconut
  • Rice


These foods can be served in small quantities:

  • Cheese
  • Bread-plain
  • Tuna

#3 Veggies cooked plainly and served in the right portions can be good treats:

  • Sweet and white potatoes
  • Asparagus, broccoli, Brussel sprouts
  • Carrots, cauliflower, cucumber
  • Edamame, green beans, peas
  • Remember, dogs are not vegetarians; low protein diets can cause severe health problems for canines.


Talk to your Vet before feeding raw meat:

  • Before you feed your dog raw meat, check with your veterinarian to discuss the pros and cons.


The internet contains some good information about feeding your dog a proper diet. There are also some well-researched books out there. Feed Your Best Friend Better and Pitcairns Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs are Cats are two respected resources. Providing a healthy diet is the key to maintaining your pet’s health and vitality. Dr. Whitworth and his staff can answer all your questions about your pet’s dietary needs.

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