Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food With Turkey And Sweet Potatoes

Susan asks…

Thanksgiving for Dogs?

We plan to bring our dog with us to my parents’ house on Thanksgiving. Is it okay to give him a little bit of turkey or maybe some other food too? I know he will devour anything we give him, (he’s tried to eat poop afterall!) but I wasn’t sure if it’s safe for dogs to eat turkey.

Jimmy answers:

I will let my small dogs sample some turkey day goodies…

Last year, my dog sampled some turkey meat, green beans, cranberry sauce, a few noodles, sweet potatoes, and a bit of pumpkin pie (no crust or whipped cream, just the filling part). He had NO problems, and this is a dog who can easily get tummy upsets if fed the wrong thing!

Im particular that they do not get anything fatty, greasy, spiced, fried, etc… Those can cause tummy upset. Dairy is a No-No for many dogs. Cooked bones can splinter. Foods that are rich in fats can cause pancreatis, so definantly, no turkey skin! Sweets are not good for pets. Definantly no alchohol or chocolate. Some artificial sweeteners are highly toxic as well.

Be careful about how much you feed also.. Or you will have a mess to clean up!

Thomas asks…

When switching dog foods?

I have a Chihuahua named Zoe, who has Liver Disease! She’s had it for 10 months!
This is Zoe!

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Zoe can only eat certain foods. She is very, very limited to what foods she can have! The vet said he does not want her eating dry food, because it has too much protein for Zoe and her Liver cannot handle it, so the vet said to give Zoe Wet Food, because it has less protein in it! Zoe has been eating Wellness Chicken and Sweet Potato, (which has only 8% protein in it) for 10 months and the other day when Zoe saw the vet, he said he wants to up the protein level to no more than 12% and see how she does on it. I started Zoe on Innova Evo Turkey and Chicken Formula about a week ago, which has 12% protein in it and has the approval of the vet. I know that when you switch dry food, you do it slowly. I don’t know if this applies to Wet Food too, but I have been mixing the Wellness with a little of the Evo at a time, to wean Zoe off of the Wellness and onto the Evo. She’s doing very well on it! I’m afraid that if I switch her too suddenly or too fast, that it would be a shock to her system and Liver. Does anyone know, it switching slowly applies only to dry food, or does it apply to switching Wet Foods too? When dogs are eating Wet Food, do you have to switch them slowly or can you just suddenly switch from one Wet Food to another, without it affecting their digestive system? I don’t normally feed any of my dogs Wet Foods, but in Zoe’s situation I have no choice. Can you please Star this question, so my Contacts can also see it? I appreciate it! Thanks!
Annigoodhere! Zoe has seen 4 vets, since she was diagnosed with Liver Disease 10 months ago. Every single one of those vets told me, that Zoe’s Liver cannot process too much protein. I’m only following vets orders on the protein levels in food.
literati_junky! You’ve been through this and you understand. I’d rather be safe than sorry with little Zoe. She’s been through enough, she’s Not in any pain according to the vet and I just want to make sure I’m doing this right, so I don’t cause her more discomfort. Zoe’s doing great right now, she’s reacting well to switching foods slowly and the last thing she needs right now, is to start throwing up, having diarrhea and stomach discomfort, so I want to make this food switch as easy for Zoe as possible, on Zoe’s digestive system! Thanks for understanding my situation!!!
Animal Liberation! I appreciate the suggestion, but like I said, Zoe’s vet told me, absolutely No Dry Food at all, only Wet Food, because it has less protein, so mixing Wet with Dry, is totally out of the question! I really do appreciate and Thank You for your Prayers for Zoe! She can use all the Prayers she can get right now!

Jimmy answers:

You listen to your vet girl, you are doing the right thing, do it very slowly and she will be fine.

And, if anyone will do the research on liver disease in dogs, they should not have dry food,as the liver cannot adapt to it well and will cause the vomiting, dia, and dehydration bad.

So, you do as your vet said, and give Zoe a big ole hug from me and the boys, she is our prayers every single day, there is not a day that goes by, that I do not think of that little baby.

Hugs and Kisses from the Cabbage Patch Gang.

Keep on fighting Ms Zoe, your gonna be just fine.

Maria asks…

what human food can my dogs eat?

i have 3 dogs and i was wondering what human food i can give them a little bit of (like a little treat ) because i dont have any more doggy treats .., also i was wonder what not to give them.. one of them is prego to so idk if that changes what she can eat..? thanks :)

Jimmy answers:

1. Lean Meat: Chicken is a favorite but dogs will relish nearly any type of meat. A hunk of firm beef also can scrub teeth for dental health then your dog must chew. Turkey contains tryptophan, a natural sleep aid that works to calm excited pooches during holiday visits.

2. Organ meats: Don’t toss out the giblets when you roast your holiday bird. Tongue, heart, liver and gizzards are power-packed with vitamins and minerals that help support the dog’s own organs-so even if you don’t care for liver, your dog will thank you for this healthy treat.

3. Green veggies, fresh or cooked: Dogs are omnivores and often relish vegetable treats. Some favorites include broccoli, asparagus, spinach and green beans. Does your doggy graze on grass? Offer him parsley-it will also freshen his breath.

4. Beets: Holistic veterinarians say raw beets pack a powerful punch for cleansing the liver. Dogs may relish small amounts of cooked beets as a treat.

5. Stew: Chicken soup cooked with spinach, green beans, mushrooms and beets makes a great treat and top dressing for regular food. A bit of garlic for flavor is fine, too, as it contains vitamin B-just don’t overdo as too much of onion or garlic can cause anemia in some dogs.

6. Sweet potatoes: Dogs have a sweet tooth and relish a dollop of sweet potatoes. The high fiber also proves soothing for upset tummies or diarrhea. Hold the marshmallow-the dog may like the sugary topping but marshmallow isn’t particularly healthy for him.

7. Canned pumpkin: Dogs often love the taste of pumpkin. It also works great as a natural remedy for either diarrhea or constipation. Offer the nonflavored canned pumpkin as the pie filling has added sugar and spices that may not appeal to your dog.

8. Yogurt: While many dogs have problems digesting milk and develop diarrhea, small amounts as a treat usually work fine. A better milk-based treat is plain unflavored yogurt. Yogurt also helps maintain the beneficial bacteria in the stomach that keeps digestion healthy.

9. Cranberry: This is an acquired taste for people and dogs. Many dogs enjoy berries, oranges, apples and bananas. But cranberry promotes urinary tract health, although your pooch would need to drink a lot of the juice to see a benefit.

10. Ginger: Gingerbread and ginger snap cookies make great treats for dogs, especially if they suffer from car sickness during travel to Grandma’s house. Ginger is a natural remedy that counters nausea. You’ll want to limit the sugar and carbs, though, to prevent that “table muscle” from becoming too pudgy.

Only give a little. It could cause harm to your dogs!!

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