You may also be familiar with my food section presentations on The Daily Bone. For example, here we have a delectable ham slice, Velveeta Shells and Cheese, and steamed mixed vegetables. It was all expertly prepared and tasted wonderful. I do urge Mom to get rid of those old chipped plates, though.
Although it's usually OK to treat your doggie to a sample of your supper, there are certain foods that should never be given to dogs. One of the most deadly is chocolate. There is a chemical in chocolate that will absolutely cause your doggie to die! No kidding! Other no-no foods are onions and garlic, grapes and raisins, artificially sweetened gum and candy, raw yeast dough, any type of alcohol but especially beer, and avocados.
Humans sometimes take medications to help them feel better. NEVER NEVER NEVER leave any medication, including herbals and vitamins where your doggie might find them. Keep all drugs in a safe location that your doggie, and your children and other pets to do not have access to. Our family owned a pharmacy for ten years and cannot stress this enough!
Here's an emergency tip that you can do if your doggie just happens to eat something dangerous: measure out about one ounce of hydrogen peroxide in a shot glass. Pour it down your doggie's throat. (He won't like it much.) This will make him throw up whatever he ate. Then call the vet! I know this works because some years ago, before I became DCI, I stole a big piece of dark chocolate off Mom's dresser top, and had to be subjected to this ordeal. Fortunately my humans discovered the missing chocolate right away, and I vomited it all up, and did not have to go to the emergency vet. Another way to induce vomiting is to sprinkle salt into the back of your doggie's mouth. Make sure you keep the number to your local emergency vet near your phone and on your speed dial at all times.
You might also remember we recently did a TDB about the multitude of mushrooms that sprang up in our yard after weeks of rainy weather. My colleague Chester L. W. Stephens made sure he mentioned that he did not eat any of those toadstools. Unless you're a mushroom expert, no one should EVER eat wild mushrooms. In fact, even the Evil Squirrel Cartel left them alone!
We found a nice blog put out by Hot Dog Collars, where we bought our personalized TDB press corp collars. Here's the link below. They have several doggie safety posters that you can download and print out for specific doggie occasions, such as a trip to the beach, or a backyard barbecue. They also feature fun facts about different breeds of doggies. (Today we read one about dachshunds!)
That concludes my safety lecture for today. Thank you very much for your attention.
Now, if you'll excuse me, there's a lovely salad I have to inspect. A doggie's work is never done!
Oh, here is the link directly to Hot Dog Collars blog page that talks about dangerous foods. Please check it out!