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What to Feed Your Pet: Seven Superfoods (For Dogs) and Ten Foods to Avoid

By VanEastVet, on Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Two cool infographics to check out from freelance writer and graphic designer Amber Kingsley. First up, via The Pet Blog Lady, check out Seven Superfoods to Add to Your Dog’s Diet.

The first thing you may notice about the Superfoods list is that nothing on it would look out of place on an average human grocery list, which means no expensive trips to specialty stores. In fact, this is stuff that we should all be eating, which should give you and your dog something to bond over. Take the time to check out the original infographic for yourself (and then print it out and stick it on your fridge), but in a nutshell, here are the seven superfoods you should feed your dog and why:

Seven Superfoods For Dogs: Vegetables | Vancouver East Veterinary Walk-In Cinic

1. Carrots are rich in vitamins, help the heart, eyes, teeth and lungs, and can lower the risk of heart disease, among other things.
2. Blueberries are good for digestion and blood sugar as well as for the heart and brain, and are a good source of antioxidants and fiber.
3. Broccoli is good for digestion, eye health and heart health, repairs damaged skin, and is an anti-inflammatory.
4. Spinach is rich in Iron, Fibre, and Vitamin K, is good for the bones and heart, and can prevent inflammation and cancer.
5. Fish Oil is high in Omega 3 and 6, is good for the skin and coat, adding shine and reducing itching and scratching, and can reduce inflammation and arthritis.
6. Kale is rich in Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K, is good for the liver, and is an anti-inflammatory.
7. Sweet Potatoes are a good source of Beta Carotene, Manganese, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, and are good for the coat, immune system, and digestion.

And now that you’ve learned just what to buy, take the time to learn what to avoid. From Trendy Pet, read up on the 10 Most Toxic Foods for Your Pets. This is a comprehensive list of foods may look good on your own plate, but most definitely should not be on your pet’s. And for you smarty-pants who already knew all of these, you should still check out the infographic for the most tasteful illustration of a cat having a seizure that you will ever see.

Seven Superfoods For Dogs: Chocolate | Vancouver East Veterinary Walk-In Clinic

1. Chocolate is toxic to both cats and dogs, affecting the Heart, Lungs, Kidneys, and Nervous System.
2. Caffeine is harmful to most pets, usually in higher doses, and can cause Restlessness, Rapid Breathing, Tremors and Seizures, Vomiting, and Heart Palpitations.
3. Milk is dangerous to cats, and can cause GI distress such as Dehydration, Diarrhea, and Digestive Issues.
4. Macadamia Nuts are dangerous to both cats and dogs, even in smaller amounts, and can cause Hypothermia, Joint Pain, Weakness, Tremors, and Vomiting.
5. Onions and garlic are dangerous to both cats and dogs, and poisoning can result in Anemia, Lethargy, and Weight Loss.
6. Avocado is particularly dangerous for birds, and rodents, but also dogs, and can cause Congestion, Fluid Accumulation, and Difficulty Breathing.
7. Raisins and Grapes are dangerous for cats and dogs, and can result in Vomiting, Loss of Appetite, Abdominal Pain, and Dehydration.
8. Raw Eggs can cause Skin Problems and Fur Loss in cats, and Salmonella in most other pets.
9. Alcohol is dangerous for most pets, damaging the Respiratory System, the Nervous System, and affecting Blood Acidity.
10. Bones and Fat can cause digestive issues for your pet when cooked, and smaller bones can choke your pet, obstruct your pet’s breathing, or puncture delicate tissue. Uncooked, raw bones are okay.

Thanks again to Amber Kingsley for her awesome research and hard work in putting these infographics together! Be sure to toast to her before chowing down with your pet friend.