Oscar Lee is a funny kind of guy who tries to scare you off when you first meet him. And being a stocky pit bull, when he snarls and growls at those who come up to his crate to meet him, he is usually successful!
But once you get to know Oscar Lee, you realize that he is a sweetheart. So sweet, in fact, that he had so endeared himself to the staff at our vets office where he is being boarded, that the staff had been sharing their lunches and dinners with him! Our Oscar Lee had become to look more like a little pig than a pit!
Well, alas, poor Oscar Lee has been put on a diet; but last Saturday, Vince, our Fabulous Facilities Director, so thoughtfully brought us all sandwiches from Togos and I couldn’t resist sharing some with my chubby friend!
It really isn’t a good idea to be sharing most people food with our pets, but since most of us occasionally do, I thought it was a good idea to share a comprehensive list prepared by an ASPCA veterinarian of what we shouldn’t be sharing with our dogs and cats:
Avocados – High fat content can cause upset stomach, vomiting, or pancreatitis and the large seed is a choking hazard.
Chives, Garlic, Onions – Raw or cooked, even a small amount can damage red blood cells, upset stomach, cause anemia, weakness, and kidney damage.
Chocolate – Can be lethal! For a 16 pound dog, only 2 ounces of baking chocolate or 16 ounces of milk chocolate can cause stomach upset, rapid heartbeat, and seizures.
Macademia Nuts – As few as 6 can cause vomiting, weakness, diarrhea and rear leg paralysis.
Peach and Apricot Pits, Apple Seeds – These contain cynanide-like coumpounds that can cause excess salivation, trouble breathing, seizures or coma.
Raisins and Grapes – May cause stomach upset or even kidney failure
Uncooked Dough – Yeast will continue to rise even in the stomach, causing pain, vomiting and even organ rupture. As yeast breaks down it produces alcohol, which may shut down central nervous, cardiac, and respiratory systems.
The best diet you can give your pet is a good quality pet food; but the following foods are usually ok, in small or moderate amounts:
Eggs – Thoroughly cooked to prevent salmonella poisoning
Meats – Well done. Raw or undercooked meat can infect your pet with bacteria and parasites. It also should be boneless and preferably skinless.
Vegetables – Carrots and broccoli are especially great picks since they are packed with soluble fiber thus good for intestinal health. (I buy a large bag of baby carrots and they are the only “people food” that I give my dogs–they love ‘em!)
If you suspect your dog or cat has consumed something that has made them sick, call your vet or the ASPCA’s poison control center at 888-426-4435.
So, Oscar Lee will be taking a week off from adoptions; but next week, Oscar, I’ll have some carrots for you–I promise!
Your roving reporter,