Dogs are not choosy, when it comes to foods. But this does not indicate that any food that they have is good for their health. If you own a dog, you have to know how specific types of eatables can impact your dog. That includes meats and meat-based products, and some of these can be unsafe for your canine companion. Know about some types of meats that dog should avoid.
Raw meat and fish
This can be contaminated with E. coli or a similar bacteria, and may lead to food poisoning. Some types of fishes may also have a parasite that leads to “salmon poisoning disease (SPD)” or “fish disease”. There can be quite a few signs and symptoms of food poisoning, such as enlarged lymph nodes, fever and vomiting. While unseasoned and cooked fish is good enough, as the parasites are killed due to the cooking process, you need to get all the bones out in order to prevent the risks of internal organ damages or choking.
It is not advisable that you feed raw meat, given that there can be food-borne disease risks for your canine friend, and even the one who prepares the food. Raw diets for dogs are becoming more and more popular, but American Veterinary Medical Association, FDA and other similar organizations caution against feeding the same to dogs.
It might be okay for your dog to feed liver in small amounts. However, if you feed liver to your dog a lot, there can be risks of gastrointestinal problems and joint problems for your pup, due to the presence of generous amounts of vitamin A in it.
While your dog can have ham alright, it is not very healthy for their bodies. It is too rich in fat and sodium. Thus, it can be okay to feed a small piece of ham to your dog now and then, but not constantly.
Your dog can have pork. Rich in amino acids, this is a very digestible protein and has more calories in each pound when compared to other meats. The risks of allergic reaction might also be reduced upon the consumption of pork, than other proteins.
This is fine too, although you have to remove excess skin and fat from the meat. Look for bones as well, given that poultry bones may get splintered and lead to intestinal tears or blockage.
For more on the types of meats that your dog should avoid visit CDC
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