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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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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Pekingese Diet: Raw vs. Dehydrated Dog Food

What is your chosen pekingese diet? Is your pekingese’s diet healthy? Can you really say that you are giving him only the best? There are several dog feeding options really, and dehydrated dog food is not your only choice any more. Raw diets have become a trend these days – so popular that most pet stores already sell commercial and frozen raw diets, which was really unheard of in the 90’s era. And the simple dry dog food has also evolved – you choose from dehydrated raw food, grain free and grain based varieties.

There are several types of raw food really. Though most people would greatly rely on the grocery store meat section or butchers as their source. If you are not aware of it, there are many pet stores these days that offer ground raw diets for your dog. These would be a simple mixture of organs, bones, meat, some vegetables and other added supplements. Buying raw foods commercially may be more expensive compared to buying beef, chicken, or pork meat by the case at the grocery store.

Dehydrated dog food comes in various ranges from the brands of kibble you usually see on the store to the specialty dry foods using less human-grade ingredients and preservatives with no grains and even dehydrated raw vegetables and meat. There are a number of companies that offers dehydrated foods that when added to a cooked or raw meat would then form a complete meal for your dog.

Pekingese Diet

Pekingese Diet: Raw vs. Dehydrated Dog Food

Advantages

Most canines do exectionally well with high-quality dehydrated diet. It is convenient and cheaper for the pet parents compared to feeding them raw diet, especially during traveling. Most vets are also comfortable when their clients would feed commercial dog food since dehydrated diers are generally safe. It is usually tolerated well by your pet and you can also add different types of protein or safe table scraps and nutritious fruits and vegetables according to your pet’s liking.

On the other hand, dogs that are on raw diets were observed to have cleaner teeth, which then leads to a more healthier dog. An expert once stated that chewing bones would scrape his teeth clean while eating dry food would just end up in between his gums and teeth which would induce bacteria build up thus leading to heart and other organ damage.

Disadvantages

Sorry to break it to you but most pet owners are not aware or only know a little of the sources of the ingredients that are present in most dehydrated food products. In the US alone, there were 979 pet food recalls between the dates of January 1, 2006 to June 10, 2010. There are also owners who are wary about the preservatives present in the food which some were proven to be carcinogens.

Raw diet is not without danger either since raw meat itself already contains bacteria which would make your pet ill. That is why some pet owners would go for the expensive ground raw food or grind it on their own just because they are afraid of the dangers of the bones may pose. There are also concerns that includes the daily handling of the raw meat as it would pose as a health risk to the family in the household.

Cost Comparison

Although there are some specialty dehydrated dog foods that are quite expensive, bottom line is that raw diet costs more to feed than the dehydrated diet. Those who are living in a multi-dog household, or one that has a large dog should also consider the cost of having an extra freezer for it. A dog approximately needs 1 pound per day for each 50 pounds of his weight. So, a 100-pound dog should eat 2 pounds of raw dog food daily.

Whatever your chosen pekingese diet is make sure that it is the best for your pet. After all, it is your call since you are the one doing the budgeting. Just consider your pet’s needs and what is the best for him to have. You may not want to overfeed him since it would only pose more health issues in the long run. Think twice and think wise about this matter.

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