Sweet Potato Dog Treat – Is it Healthy for your Pekingese or Not?

 


Sweet Potato Dog Treat – Is it Healthy for your Pekingese?

With all the ruckus recently about sweet potatoes and its effects on dogs, let us clarify everything first. After this post, you would be able to determine if should you or should you not make a sweet potato dog treat for your pet.

Let us first discuss about the good side, here. September is the harvest time for sweet potatoes and yes, they are an acceptable diet for your pet. This root crop is usually used as an acceptable filler source – one that won’t cause any digestive problems. Compared to regular potatoes, sweet potatoes are more nutritious. They are rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and are considered as an antiodiabetic food. Experts found out that it aids in stabilizing the blood sugar levels as well as lowers the insulin resistance. It is also rich in Vitamin A which fights against emphysema. Furthermore, it is also rich in vitamin C, Potassium, Iron, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Copper and Fiber.

However, you should also be cautious when you are incorporating sweet potatoes in your pet’s diet. Take note that sweet potatoes are full of starch so weight gain is a big possibility if you give him too much, too often. Another thing to consider is that its skin contains harmful chemicals once moldy. To inspect all the sweet potatoes you’re using and prevent feeding him a moldy one. Just use sweet potatoes sparingly.

Furthermore, a sweet potato treat from China is associated with a certain disease. According to VIN (Veterinary Information Network), vets are now reporting health related issues that is linked with sweet potato treats that are made in China (same goes for the Chicken jerky treats).

Laboratory tests show on sick canines that they have kidney problems and their showing symptoms are similar to Fanconi Syndrome. Though most patients recovered, there are still a considerable number of deaths related to this issue.

Signs and symptoms would immediately show up within hours or even days after your pet has consumed the treat. Symptoms would include decrease appetites, diarrhea, lethargy, increased thirst/urination and vomiting.

Sweet Potato Dog Treat

Doggy Treats to Avoid

These brands are the ones allegedly implicated in the sweet potato treat health issues:

  • Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (Nestle Purina)
  • Beefeaters Sweet Potato Snacks for Dogs
  • Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality (4 varieties)

If you Opt for Commercially Prepared Treats…

Just know that if you go for ready made treats that are made in China, your pet may be at risk. Chicken jerky treats, Chicken tenders, sweet potato treats or chicken treats all pose a potential threat towards your beloved pet. If you really insist on buying prepared treats, be safe and go for brands that are made in the US.

Also consider making your own sweet potato treats at home, it is healthier that way. Simply buy fresh sweet potato produce and create various kinds of treats out of it. You can always Google for home-made treat recipes as your guide in cooking.

Making your own sweet potato dog treat for your pet is much safer and healthier. FDA found out that the sweet potato dog treat that were made in China were contaminated with a highly toxic pesticide, Phorate. You don’t want your pet to ingest on this, do you?

Have you ever given your pekingese a sweet potato treat? If so, I sure hope not the one from China. How did you cook it? Feel free to share your recipe and knowledge with us below.

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Can Dogs Eat Banana Peels? Is it Safe for your Pekingese?

Can Dogs Eat Banana Peels? Is it Safe for your Pekingese?

A concerned member of the group asked me: Can dogs eat banana peels? This post is my answer to that inquiry and I hope it could help you somehow. Yes, banana peels are beneficial to our four-legged pals, regardless of the breed. There was a study conducted by Louise Tenney, author of Today’s Herbal Health: An Essential Reference; there he clearly stated that banana peels have essential fatty acids which is beneficial for your pet. The said fatty acids are very effective in treating rashes and hot spots if mashed and applied topically and they are also very good in keeping your pet’s coat and skin healthy. The banana peel is also very good in fighting against fungal infections; simply rub the peel on the affected part 2x a day until the infection disappear. Furthermore, aside from its topical benefits, when eaten it has high doses of vitamins B6 and A. These vitamins would aid in sharpening your pet’s eye sight and maintain a healthy nervous system. Compared to the fruit itself, banana peel contains 40% potassium. We all know that potassium is very good for the kidneys, nerves, digestive system, muscles and heart to function properly. Potassium also aids in keeping balance between the sodium and water levels in the body. Apart from the minerals and vitamins I mentioned earlier, banana peel also contains lutein which is very effective in treating degenerative eye disorders in elderly dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Banana Peels

Precaution

Most vets would give banana in small amounts to dogs who have bowel issues or colitis. Banana is made up of enzymes which would soothe an irritated colon and would also slow down the spasms. Also, it has enough sugars to perk up a dog who demands an increase due to digestive diseases. One approach that is also yummy for your pet is by cutting a small size of banana then wrap it in a tablespoon of peanut butter. This method is delicious as well as healthier to deal with for canines of any size or breed. Excessive banana consumption can cause loose stool so be careful. Due to its high potassium content, if consumed in overly high amounts can be bad for him. Just give him a little piece on a daily basis.

When to Give Fruits

The factor about bananas and fruits in general is their sugar content. Fruits require a particular enzyme in order to break them down. Thus, if you feed more fruits along with meat and vegetables, then they’re not going to be digested properly. All those undigested sugar gets stored in their system which is conducive for bacterial growth, hence health issues would arise. So, the key here is to know when to feed fruits to your pet.

If you are going to give fruits to your pet ahead of his meal, make it one hour before. And be sure to give enough time for his system to digest it first before you feed him his meals. And if you decide to give fruits after his meal, then wait at least 2 hours after he has eaten.

There you have it, I hope my post have answered the question: Can dogs eat banana peels? Know that eating banana peels can be an acquired taste to other breeds, thus it is necessary to introduce it to him gradually. Begin with small portions then increase it until he gets used to it. You can be creative on how you want to serve it to your pekingese. A banana peel a day can keep the vet away.

Does your pekingese eat bananas or banana peels? What is your story? Share it with us below.

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Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Seeds – Is it good for your Pekingese?

Can dogs eat pumpkin seeds? What do you think? Is it good for them? After reading this post, you would know all the answers to those inquiries.

Pumpkin seeds are nature’s cure for canine parasites. It is beneficial for dogs as it is for humans in various ways. It is a great source for unsaturated fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins B complex, D, E, C, K and carbohydrates. It also contains potassium, calcium and phosphorus. To be precise, pumpkins contain a specific type of amino acid called cucurbitin which is very effective in eliminating worms. These agents which are bountiful in the seeds would tend to paralyze and eliminate the parasites from the digestive tract in both humans and pets.

And the most effective way to use it as a de-worming agent is to ground fresh seeds into powder form then sprinkle it on top of your pet’s food. Or you can make it into paste form and mix it with their wet dog food for them to eat. As a de-wormer, it is advisable to give it 3x per day until you can see the worms eliminated from his system.

Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Seeds?

Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Seeds – Is it good for your Pekingese?

Benefits of Using Pumping Seeds

  • Urinary Health. According to the experts, pumpkin seeds are high in antioxidants (which is good for their fur and skin) and essential fatty acids, and also the oil found in the seeds and flesh support the urinary system. It is also a good souce of beta carotene, Vitamin A, potassium and iron, thus reducing your pet’s chance of developing cancer.
  • Digestive Health. Pumpkin is a wonderful source of fiber. Pureed pumpkin (no spice or sugar) can greatly help your pet with diarrhea and constipation issues. Giving your pet a tablespoon or two in their meal would aid them in becoming regular.
  • Weight Loss. If you have an obese pet, and you want to help him lose weight then minimize their food and replace it with canned pumpkin. They tummy would feel full just like their regular food does and would even love the new flavor.

Consideration

There are no known side-effects or adverse reactions that is associated with pumpkin seeds. However, roundworms and tapeworms can cause serious problems if not treated immediately. It is still wise to drop by your vet for a follow up just to be sure that you have managed to eliminate all of the parasites from your pet’s system. Also know that only fresh and properly preserved pumpkin seeds should be used in treating your pet’s parasitic issues.

I sure hope that I have managed to answer the question, can dogs eat pumpkin seeds. If you can see your pet being curious at the pumpkin at your porch during Halloween, then don’t hesitate to give him his own dose of this beneficial vegetable. Canned natural pumpkin, cooked fresh pumpkin or pumpkin seeds, all have many benefits for you and your pet.

have you ever tried giving your pet pumpkin seeds or even pumpkin meat? How did your pet find it? Please don’t hesitate to share your story with us below.

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How to Keep Dogs Healthy: Keeping your Pekingese in Tip Top Shape

Statistics show that in the past 50 years, the health of domesticated dogs has drastically declined. Thus the knowledge on how to keep dogs healthy on your own is essential these days. Dogs are acquiring serious illnesses at very young ages are now living short life span. Certainly there is something wrong with today’s model of canine health care, don’t you think? What happened in all those years that greatly affected our pet’s health? I can only think of 2 things: Veterinary care and diet.

Diet is the heart and core of most doggy diseases. Agree or not? Canines are omnivorous scavengers at the carnivore end of the spectrum. They managed to evolve to eat just about anything that is available during the scarce or bountiful times. During abundant times, they go hunt in packs and bring down larger mammals and eat it.

During scarcity, they can go on a vegetarian diet, though they are not happy about it. They can also survive from eating worms; their system is capable of processing rotten meat and carcasses. It is a fact that they are successful opportunists. They digestive system can easily cope with such foods.

In a not so distant past, domesticated dogs are being fed with table scraps by their owners and this suited them quite well. Vegetables and meat were generally of good quality. And as the commercial pet food industry boomed, tactics were used in order to make people think that they were doing the wrong thing. However, what they don’t know is the fact that cheap commercial dog foods were not even human grade. Rather it was the deposits from the advantageous human market. And over the years, it has continued to deteriorate, with food coming from the cheapest sources which has little to none nutritional content.

And all that is needed is a change of diet which included lots of nutrients in order for your pet to live a long and healthy life. And although they are omnivores, they still need quality food. Rotten meat is still natural with nutrients, compared to processed dog food which is denatured by extreme temperatures and pressures.

Then we have the veterinary approach to dog illnesses. Most if not all veterinary colleges these days don’t provide a training in proper nutrition. They leave this important topic aside since it is the pet food industry who support them financially. Just notice as you walk into a vet clinic, there is a floor to ceiling display of commercial pet food.

Neither are vets taught about looking for the cause of origin of a disease. Rather, vets these days are taught to match condition Y with drug X. Sadly, they are also taught well on how to maximize profit rather than treating the animal best. A well known vet in UK, Matthew Watkinson left his profession after practicing it for 8 years since he was so disgusted with the said approach. An another vet from Canada, Andrew Jones was removed from his professional association. The reason? Well, he has been teaching his clients safer alternatives to veterinary medication.  Pathetic, I know!

How to Keep Dogs Healthy: Keeping your Pekingese in Tip Top Shape

How to Keep Dogs Healthy

Doing it Naturally

  • Pedialyte. If your pet is suffering from a mild dehydration issue, try giving him pedialyte. Pour pedialyte into his water bowl, choose the unflavored one. This would quickly replace his minerals such as sodium and potassium.
  • Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening. This is to remove burs out of his coat. Use working gloves and dab Crisco into the affected spots to pry the burs loose. After doing it, give him a quick bath to remove the vegetable shortening.
  • Bengay. In order to curb his chewing on a specific object, try to coat that item with bengay. The scent itself would repel him. You can also use a mixture of Heinz Apple Cider vinegar and Heinz white vinegar. Simply mix 5 oz. or both types of vinegar with 5 oz of water in a spray bottle. Shake it well and spray it on the furniture or item your pet loves to chew.
  • Dishwashing Liquid (Dawn). To kill the fleas without the help of toxic chemicals, pour a small amount of Dawn under a running water to fill a bathtub or sink and give your pet a soapy bath. Work it on your pet’s coat and allow it to soak for 5 minutes. The soap would penetrate the flea’s exoskeletons during this time, thus killing them. This actually works more effectively compared to the prescribed flea shampoos.
  • Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion. This is to keep him safe from the sun’s harmful rays. If you have a pet who loves to spend time outside, then this can help you prevent sunburn on his ears, nose and other vulnerable areas. Just prevent him from licking off the lotion, you can feed him after applying so that he would forget about the lotion.
  • Trash Bags. This is to prevent another “accident” inside the house. To keep him away from the spot where he previously left a mess, cut open a trash bag along the seams and cover the area with it. Canines hate the feeling of plastic, thus they stay away.
  • Johnson’s Baby Oil. This is to prevent the development of ear infections. Too much water in side his ears cause earcahes and infection, so prior giving him a bath, put a small cotton ball soaked with baby oil on both ears to keep the water out. Be reminded to remove the cotton balls after.
  • Johnson’s Baby Shampoo with Bayer Aspirin. This is to stop his dandruff. Unless he is allergic to aspirin, grind 6 aspirin into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle. Then pour the powder into a bottle of Johnson’s baby shampoo and shake well. Use this solution in giving him a bath and allow to sit on his coat for 5 minutes before rinsing him thoroughly with water.
  • McCormick Ground Red Pepper (Cayenne) with Tabasco Sauce. This is to curb his digging issues. Mix 4 Tbsps of Tabasco and 4 Tbsps of Cayenne pepper in 1 qt. of water. Shake the solution and sprinkle it on the spot where your pet loves to dig.
  • Cooking Spray (PAM). This is one way to keep his food bowl clean. Before filling his bowl with food, coat it first lightly with cooking spray so that the food will not stick to the bowl later – this would also give your pet’s coat a wonderful shine.

Those are just some of the many ways on how to keep dogs healthy naturally. It is a dog’s life and as a pet owner, you would want to see to it that your pet lives a happy, long and healthy life as possible.

Do you have additional tips which you can share with us? How do you keep your pekingese healthy in a natural way?

 

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Ice Cream and Dogs: Is it Good for your Pekingese?

Does ice cream and dogs mix? What do you think? Cheese, milk, ice cream — they all have one thing in common, Lactose. If your pet can digest lactose, then he can eat all these foods in small amounts. Cheese and milk are nice sources for nutrients and protein, however ice cream is something that should only be given occasionally.

Just like us, there are dog breeds that are lactose intolerant while others are not. When you say lactose intolerant, the dog lacks the enzyme lactase in his small intestine that breaks down lactose (the sugar in milk). Lactose intolerance may either be developed or inborn. Since lactose cannot be broken down, it simply passes through their system undigested, causing discomfort, gas and bloating.

If you are sure that your pet is not lactose intolerant, then he can eat ice cream as long as the flavor is safe. Vanilla is the safest one for him. There are lots of ice cream flavors that are not safe for your pet, such as rum raisin or chocolate. Your pet also should not have an ice cream that has artificial sweeteners. But, take note that human ice cream is not so good for your pet. There are ice cream which are specifically formulated for them. And just because your pet is allowed to eat ice cream necessarily mean that he should eat as much as he can. Every once in a while is fine. Just be aware that there is a drawback here, all those excess sugar and fat. All those excess sugar can make him extra-energetic, so feed him sparingly.

Milk on the other hand has the highest content of lactose of all dairy products, so do not give it to your puppy if he happens to be intolerant. Even if your pet isn’t allergic to it, large amounts of milk may be hard on the stomach. However, milk has plentiful of nutrients which proves to be beneficial for your pet. Milk contains Vitamin D, calcium, Vitamin A, protein, potassium and healthy fats. If your pekingese is not lactose intolerant, then feel free to include small amounts of milk in his diet or use it on his recipes.

Ice Cream and Dogs: Is it Good for your Pekingese?

Ice Cream and Dogs

Banana Frosty Treats

  • Place a banana in a food processor or blender. Add 32 oz. of plain yogurt, 2 tsp. of honey and 2 tsp. peanut butter into the mix. Alternatively, try using goat’s milk yogurt since it contains less lactose.
  • Mix all aforementioned ingredients and blend it well.
  • get paper cups, small plastic containers or ice cube trays as molds for the mixture. Pour small amounts into the molds.
  • Freeze the treats, then put then in a freezer bag for easier storage.

Berry Frosty Treats

  • Place a banana in a food processor or blender. Add 32 oz. of plain yogurt, 2 tsp. of honey.  Add 1/4 cup strawberries, blueberries or cranberries for that extra antioxidant boost for your pet.
  • Mix all aforementioned ingredients and blend it well.
  • get paper cups, small plastic containers or ice cube trays as molds for the mixture. Pour small amounts into the molds.
  • Freeze the treats, then put then in a freezer bag for easier storage.

The idea of ice cream and dogs is really nice. Just imagine a milk bone nestled in a sweet, vanilla ice cream. Makes your tummy rumble, right? However, as what experts would advice: On a hot day, it is fine to give your pet a doggy-formulated ice cream proven if he is not lactose intolerant. Otherwise, do not give him since it would cause digestive upset and diarrhea as well as may also cause food allergies.

What is your pekingese’s indulgence? Do you give him ice cream? Share your sweet story with us below.

 

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