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Old 08-01-2006, 11:14 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by jkath
I beg to differ on the tomato thing.
I've fed my dog tomato juice & tomatoes daily for years!!!
She loves it and it neutralizes the urine so there are no spots on the grass!
I learned this from more than a few dog books.
With all due respect, I'm going to take the advice of veterinarians rather than rely on such anecdotal evidence.

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Old 08-01-2006, 12:20 PM   #12
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my dog loves fruits and vegi

i never thought a fruit or a vegi would hurt a dog.

i think his favorite would have to be corn. he eats it off the cob just like
we do i have never seen a dog do that. yesterday i cut up a watermelon
and left some of the fruit in the rine and gave it to him he loved it he ate
only the pink part what we would eat.

i think he would be very sad if we stopped giving him his vegi's and fruits.

is your glass half full or empty? my is half full
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Old 08-01-2006, 06:43 PM   #13
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I read some where that macadamia nuts are also bad for dogs.Did not know about brocolli gave some to the dogs last night they really liked them.
They also like frozen carrot slices.
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Old 08-01-2006, 06:50 PM   #14
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Everyone seems to have a different answer, so I guess it depends on the dog? I'm glad my dog is so picky, because it will hopefully save him from food poisening. He won't eat fruits or vegitables when I accidently drop them on the floor because they don't seem to pass the "sniff test", and I can hardly ever get him to eat his dog food. And I buy the expensive kind! He only likes peanut butter, meat, and dog cookies.
As for your dog, weather its a common dog thing or not he seems to have had a bad tomatoe reaction so I would just never give him them again.
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Old 08-01-2006, 07:16 PM   #15
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Don't take anyone's word for it, ask your own vet. I've known of labs that ate chocolate without a problem (my Jack Russell mutt almost died). My dog(s) (one is deceased)(happy old age) love vegetables and my vets have told me they are fine. A favorite is spaghetti sauce (yes, tomato). Talk to your own vet, after all s/he really does not enjoy emergency calls. My vets have told me that the way my dog gets human food -- that is, far less than one percent of her diet for her entire life -- chocolate excepted -- she's unlikely to be hurt by what she eats. She even had a hangover once. THAT was funny. It was a Christmas party. At the time I worked for a vet. My husband called me one morning. "Keiki is really sick!" My boss told me to get in the car right away and go get her. "Did you see what your guests were feeding her last night? RUM CAKE. Your dog has a massive hangover. Bring her in for IV fluids. She won't die, but it isn't good!" As a general rule, my pets don't get much in the way of human food except for the fruits that my vets have told me are good for them and they love. They get a lick or two of tomato sauce from the bottom of a bowl. But 99% of their diet is decent-quality dry food. Human food just isn't really a good idea as a major part of your dogs' diets. Keeping them on good-quality dry dog food also has the benefit of making it much easier to clean up accidents and illnesses.
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Old 08-01-2006, 07:28 PM   #16
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I agree with you Claire about the dry dog food, that is what we feed our lab, no canned dog food for him anymore because it was too fattening for him. We dont give him table scraps either. We do give him fresh fruits and vegetables, and none have been a problem for him until these tomatoes. He apparently liked them, but his system did not.
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Old 08-02-2006, 10:30 AM   #17
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I have been at the vet a lot lately

I saw a list of a gazillion things that are "bad" for dogs posted in the outer office -- inlcuding garlic. I always put garlic in my homemade dog snax, so I asked her about it.

She rolled her eyes and said (like Claire and BB said) that it depends on the dog, but the 3 things you really should avoid are chocolate, raisins and grapes.

I once came home to a dog (not mine, I had gone to the movies with friends and their dog was at my house) that had eaten a whole bag of Hershey's kisses (mine, but dog was masterful in finding them) and was walking around on it's hind legs with a silly grin on it's face. Seriously. That dog was off to the vet right away.
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:49 AM   #18
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I agree it depends on the dog! Had a dobie who ate 2 bags of Snickers Miniatures and 2 1lb poundcakes wrappers and cheesecloth included and nearly died. Same Dobie would eat her way through the tomato plants with no problem - in fact we gave up planting a veggie garden because she would "harvest" everything before we could - zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes - anything!

Consequently it is forbidden in our house to give a dog chocolate.

Our current darling (5 1/2 lb tiny toy poodle) does not like chocolate but every one of her teeth is a sweet tooth! She gets a good diet of dry dog food but truely loves cows milk which is supposed to be difficult to digest. Still she does just fine getting a couple of Tbsp a day. She loves Sees butterscotch lollypops. (thanks to plenty of good exercise weight is not a problem).

She's done well with any "people food" we've given her though she gets it in very small amounts.
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Old 08-08-2006, 03:09 AM   #19
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Dont mean to be a synic here..

However. My vet once said to me with regards to feeding animals table scraps aka human food

"would you eat dog food..." the answer NO so why would you feed your animal human food.

I had to take a course to make my own cat food becuase my kitty has MAJOR allergies chicken being one of them (and its in everything)

but the thing i learned was animal food is balanced with vitimans etc and you cant just throw it together. they taught me all thought cooked veg is in food it needs to be properly prepared and balanced with vitimans.

Ok so dogs and cats can live on the streets rumaging through bins etc but i dunno i just wouldnt wanna put my bestfriend through the tummy upsets

Go get a bag of treats from the pet store its worth the 2.00 :)

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