6 Foods Toxic To Dogs: What Not To Share With Your Pekingese This Holiday Season


6 Foods Toxic To Dogs: What Not To Share With Your Pekingese This Holiday Season

We are all guilty of slipping a bit of our dinner to our furry friends, especially when look so forlorn while we are all eating away, and not even think about foods toxic to dogs. But did you realize that there are some common things you eat around the holidays that can actually cause some major problems to your loving Pekingese? Here are 7 things that you should never, ever share with your Peke, or any other breed for that matter:

Foods Toxic To Dogs

Foods Toxic To Dogs

Foods Toxic To Dogs

Bad Idea #1: Turkey Skin
Oh yeah, turkey skin can actually be very hazardous for your Peke. Since the skin is the main part that soaks up all of the spices, the oils, and butter, it can be the hardest thing for any dog to digest. It can also lead to pancreatitis, which can not only cause your pooch some serious pain, but it can also cause major health problems too. Pancreatitis can actually kill your furry friend if you aren’t careful.

Bad Idea #2: Cooked Bones
While we are on the subject of turkey, let’s talk about cooked bones of any kind. You might think that it’s ok to throw some scraps down for your beloved Pekingese, but in reality, cooked bones of any type are extremely hazardous to your dog. They are softer since they have been cooked, and can easily splinter when your dog chews and swallows them, causing major pain for your dog as well as a trip to the ER for them. Make sure that you throw out the bones and don’t allow your Peke to snack on them at all.

Bad Idea #3: Chocolate & Dough
We have all heard that chocolate is bad for dogs and with good reason, but did you know that you shouldn’t feed your Peke dough or batter of any type either? Probably not. Most people aren’t aware that you shouldn’t feel them this good sticky stuff, but it can hurt their insides pretty badly. Dough and batter can cause major stomach pain as well as bloating as they rise inside your dog’s stomach. Also, they contain raw eggs which can mean a case of salmonella poisoning for them as well. (Which is also a good reason why humans shouldn’t eat raw dough either!)

Bad Idea #4: Nutmeg
That wonderful spice that we all use for pumpkin pies can actually cause some major nervous system problems for your Pekingese. The spice actually can induce seizures and other problems with your dog’s nervous system if ingested. Now, pumpkins and sweet potatoes are good for your dog – just not nutmeg.

Bad Idea #5: Sage
What would holiday stuffing be without some sage? Well, this spice is very toxic for your dog as well. It holds in all of the oils that can upset a stomach, and when it’s a dog stomach, they can mean a very bad time. While it could mean just a little upset tummy and some terrible smells for you, too much of it could mean a trip to the ER for your furry friend.

Bad Idea #6: Nuts – Especially Walnuts and Macadamia Nuts
Nuts are found on many tables throughout the holiday season and we may not think much about our Pekes eating them, but they are extremely toxic to them. Macadamia nuts especially are a huge no-no for dogs, as they can cause a toxic reaction in them called “macadamia nut toxicosis”. This leads to vomiting, tremors, fever, weakness (to the point of being unable to stand up), and a rapid heart rate. While these symptoms can go away on their own, you need to take your dog to the vet right away to ensure that this doesn’t cause them to go into deadly shock.

Now that you know a few of the dangers that are lurking around your house this holiday season, you can remind yourself not to give any of these items to your Pekingese. Ensuring that you keep these foods toxic to dogs away from your beloved furry Peke, it means a wonderfully happy holiday for all.

Make sure that you share this article with all of your dog loving friends through Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media sites that you use to ensure that no one else feeds their dogs these toxic foods this holiday season.



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Dog Eating Wild Mushrooms: Pekingese and Mushrooms Don’t Mix

Dog Eating Wild Mushrooms: Pekingese and Mushrooms Don’t Mix

Wild mushrooms. They pop up just about anywhere – backyards, alongside the roads, parks, woods, near the lake, etc… Thus the possibility of your dog eating wild mushrooms is quite high if you aren’t too careful. Some dog breeds are simply like humans, they like to eat those mushrooms. This can be a sumptuous gourmet delicacy or downright deadly poisonous! They are mushrooms after all.

Not all mushrooms are deadly, yet if you aren’t an expert then it is quite hard to identify which is which, so better avoid them altogether. However, you can also do your own research over the net and compare images and texts about  the poisonous and nonpoisonous mushrooms. And generally, these mushrooms tend to grow together side by side. If you want to identify what kind of mushrooms grow in your yard, you need the help of a fungus specialist (Mycologist) or from a person who has been dealing with wild mushrooms for years and is an expert about it already. Most mycologists are found in universities or colleges or even at the botanical institutes.

Most mushrooms that you can see everywhere are coined as LBM’s (Little Brown Mushrooms) and are nontoxic. However, if a dog ingested a mushroom our vet usually recommends induced vomiting and activated charcoal is also given not unless the whole mushroom is seen in his vomit.

Dog Eating Wild Mushrooms

Every region of the country is different in terms of mushroom flora. Where I live in northern California, Amanita phalloides (aka Death Cap) is the most common poisonous species and grows year round particularly in soil surrounding oak trees. Ingestion of a Death Cap mushroom causes liver failure (in people and in dogs)—makes sense given the liver’s function as the “garbage disposal” of the body.

Source: The Bark, http://www.thebark.com/content/dogs-and-wild-mushrooms-don%E2%80%99t-mix by Nancy Kay, DVM

Signs and Symptoms of Mushroom Poisoning

  • GI irritation. This the most common symptom though not considered as a sign of fatality. Diarrhea and vomiting occurs within the next 6 hours from ingestion and the stomach upset usually lasts for 24 hours.
  • Muscarinic signs. Muscarinic effects would include excessive tear production and salivation. Pupils appear to be constricted and small. Slow heartbeat (bradycardia) is the most serious clinical sign and this would need utmost veterinary care.
  • Lethargy and depression. If you see abdominal pains, colic and vomiting, then this sign is very dangerous already. Mushrooms can cause liver failure thus causing your dog to have jaundice (his white portion of the eyes turns yellow.) And since it is the liver who is the one who controls the blood-clotting factors, then now your dog is very prone to bleeding.
  • Hallucinogenic Syndrome. Magic mushrooms (ones with liberty caps or blue legs) are the ones who can cause this syndrome. Behavioral changes would include restlessness and hallucinations. He may even snap at invisible insects, appear to be depressed, stagger while walking or worse become comatose. Seek professional help immediately.

What to Do

If you caught him in the act eating:

1. Remove all pieces from his mouth.
2. Induce vomiting by using either:

  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide – 1 tbsp every 10 minutes, repeat it 3 times.
  • Syrup of Ipecac – 1 tsp per 10 pounds of body weight.

3. Call your Vet immediately.

If you realized him eating it a bit late:

  1. Go get some specimens on what kind of mushrooms he was eating.
  2. Take him to the nearest Animal hospital or clinic and call your Vet.

If ingested and symptoms are already present:
Bring him ASAP to the nearest hospital or clinic.

Mushrooms in your yard should be immediately removed prior to your pet noticing it in order to avoid any incident of your dog eating wild mushrooms. If you suspect him ingesting it, keep a sample of his vomitus  and feces and place it in a plastic bag and refrigerate it. Try to have it identified within 24 hours. Call your vet immediately on what happened and bring your pet to him the soonest time possible.

Have you checked your backyard for mushrooms already? If not, better do it soon in order to be sure and to avoid any bad incident from happening in the future.  Tell us about your backyard mushroom hunting on the comment box below.


Pet Food Ingredients – Be Mindful on What you Feed your Pekingese

Pet Food Ingredients – Be Mindful on What you Feed your Pekingese

Are you really aware about your dog’s pet food ingredients? The good, the bad, and the ugly ones?

When you go grocery shopping and you directly go to the aisle for pet food products and you see bags of kibbles depicting a smiling dog, having a oh-so-wonderful coat, having wonderful teeth condition, surrounded with images of grains, vegetables and a wonderful section of meat, and you then tend to believe that those are exactly the bag’s contents and that your beloved pet is getting the best there is to offer. Think again, my friend.

Most pet food manufacturers are actually subsidiaries of the industries of human food; the said companies have plentiful unfit for human consumption waste to sell to the, well, pet owners.

So, where does your money go after buying that pet food brand? Well, you are actually paying for the manufacturing, laboratory research, transport of the wholesaler and retailer  advertisements which includes paying the vets for endorsements, and the vet mark-up for a food prescription. In the end, you have to question, how much money is then spent on the ingredients? This is the only thing that truly matters for your dog and therefore should also matter to you. All those fancy packaging defies on what is truly inside and would somehow manipulate buyers to disregard on what is listed on the ingredients list. I hate to break it to you, but you have to read on in order to be educated.  You must be able to understand on what is listed because what may harm us can also prove to be dangerous to our four-legged companions. I know it is not easy to comprehend, however there are 2 keywords that you should look for: fresh and whole.

Pet Food Ingredients

If you check the labels on grocery store foods, you’ve probably already begun to see that the list of ingredients doesn’t always tell the whole truth about what’s in your food. The same goes for your pets’ food. Behind innocent-sounding words like “meat byproducts” and “meat meal” are horrific manufacturing practices that would turn your stomach. The nutritional considerations of pet foods go beyond the sources of meat in them. Pet food manufacturers add dangerous preservatives and vitamin fortifications that actually make your pets’ food less healthy.

Source: Natural News, http://www.naturalnews.com/012647_pet_food_dog.html by Jessica Smith


Meat is good for them. And as I mentioned earlier, for a dog’s food to be healthy keep it fresh and whole. When cooking, I cannot put in a whole lamb or cow in the pot. So what I do is mix muscle fat, a tiny fat from other organs to match whole as best as it can be. If you see meat in your dog food ingredients, that is good.

Meat meal

This means meat having its moisture removed. Not bad really, but this could be easily imported from God knows where. Each bag of dog food has a 1-800 number, call them and ask about it. Check where they are importing this product from.

Meat by-products

These are parts that are other than meat, exclusive of hooves, hair and horns. This is really not so good, and if you see this on your product label, it should be at the very bottom already.

Whole Meat

A whole turkey, duck or chicken can perfectly fit in my pot. And although it has its whole skeleton included, it also includes lean breast meat for your pet. If it is whole, then it is good. And when you see on your pet product label ‘poultry’ rather than saying chicken, duck or turkey, it usually means frames, neck and back which is bad.


Eggs are wonderful source of protein, however it is only good when it is whole. Try to find it on the label, they would state it there. If they would only say ‘egg product,’ it can be any or all parts of the egg, shell even sometimes be included.

MBM (Meat and bone meal) and poulty by-products

These are the ugliest of them all. This can range from road kill to euthanized pets, cut of cancerous tissues, feet, hands, out of date restaurant or supermarket waste. Not all pet products contain this though, usually this is found in the most cheap kind of pet food.

Anything that ends with ‘ose’

If you see this, then you are dealing with refined sugars which are considered to be one of the major contributors of human illnesses alongside the flour.


There are a lot of people who are generally okay with grains but are against corn, and a number of manufacturers take advantage of it by advertising their products as ‘corn free.’ In my own point of view, human grade ground corn is not bad, however it raks high on my allergen list and it also inhibits the uptake of serotonin. Serotonin is similar to dopamine, a neurochemical which would affect one’s behavior: promotes friendly socialness and relaxes. And studies also show that low serotonin levels would result in aggression (all species tested.) And since corn doesn’t have anything that grains cannot give, I don’t see its purpose to be in the pet food, but I also don’t think of it as something sinister or evil either.

Corn gluten meal

Now, this is one ugly ingredient here. This is a mill residue from syrup and cornstarch production. This has no biological value of any sort and just like all of the other glutens out there, it is just a protein filler. Another filler to be aware of is soy, I don’t want it anywhere near my pooch’s mouth either.

Ever since the grain-free trend became popular, potatoes has become one of the most popular pet food ingredients and was even marketed as better than the grains, but I can’t see why. Being a nurse, I know that they are nutritious however starchy too. Some dogs are even allergic to the nightshade family, which the potatoes belong to. Having said that, my final conclusion is, I don’t think whole potatoes are bad, just the isolated potato starch is. Keep everything in moderation to keep all illnesses at bay.

So, what is your say about it? This is just some facts with my own personal view on the matter. Let us know what you think.


Onion Poisoning in Dogs – Watch Out What you Feed your Pekingese

Onion Poisoning in Dogs – Watch Out What you Feed your Pekingese

Giving your pet hamburger, spaghetti, pizza and other scraps from the table can only cause Heinz body hemolytic anemia. Majority of pet parents are aware of chocolate toxicity in dogs but have never heard of onion poisoning in dogs. You may say that you have given your pet gravy or a leftover pizza and nothing happened. A small amount wouldn’t really cause him any issues since onion toxicity is dose dependent. But onions in raw form (e.g. cooked, raw, dehydrated, or powdered) can cause a life-threatening form of hemolytic anemia to your beloved pet.

Onions contain a substance called Thiosulphate which dogs lack the enzyme in order to properly digest it. Thiosulphate causes the oxidation of hemoglobin in your dog’s red blood cells, which then form clumps thus weakening their cell membranes. The said clumps are called Heinz bodies which would protrude from the cell and causes rupture thus shortening the cell’s life span. And when a significant number of red cells are destroyed, anemia would then occur.

A massive decrease of red blood cells from your pet’s body would lead to lots of problems including heart failure. And the number of cells destroyed would depend on the amount of onion your pet has eaten. Small amounts of onion given over a long period of time can still cause the disease due to the gradual build up of Heinz bodies.

Onion Poisoning in Dogs

Onions are toxic to dogs. The toxicity is dose dependent, so the bigger the animal, the more onion need be consumed to cause a toxicity. Onion toxicity causes a Heinz body anemia. Heinz bodies are small bubble-like projections which protrude from a red blood cell and can be seen when the cells are stained. This “bubble” is a weak spot in the red blood cell and, therefore, the cell has a decreased life-span and ruptures prematurely.

If numerous red cells are affected and rupture, anemia can result. It is a form of hemolytic anemia. Onions are only one of the substances which can cause Heinz body anemia. Other substances such as Acetominophen (Tylenol) and benzocaine-containing topical preparations can also cause Heinz body anemia in the dog.

Source: JL Web, http://www.jlhweb.net/Boxermap/onions.html by Dr. Wendy Wallner, DVM

How to Deal with Onion Toxicity

In Large Doses:

  • Determine if your pet has taken a large dose of onion. If you have seen it yourself or you saw the remnants, call your vet immediately. Signs would include weakness, vomiting and blood in urine. Do not way for any of the signs to occur before taking action.
  • Induce vomiting once advised by the vet. If instructed, administer orally 1 tsp of hydrogen peroxide per 10 pounds of his weight. If you don’t have hydrogen peroxide isn’t available, substitute 1 tbsp. of dry mustard in 1 cup of water.
  • Rush your pet immediately to the vet as he may need other interventions necessary.

In Small Doses:

  • Call your vet to inform about the incident and ask for guidance.
  • Give him milk of magnesia as directed. If not available, give him dairy milk. This won’t treat but would slow the effect of the poison.
  • Keep an eye out for other signs and symptoms of the toxicity for the next days. If only a very small dose was eaten, symptoms won’t appear or would even disappear when onion has been discontinued from his diet.
  • Regardless of how small the onion intake is, bring him to the vet immediately to be checked thoroughly.

Professional guidance is critical to such events. So, if you suspect onion poisoning in dogs seek out your vet immediately. As a pet parent, you should also take the initiative to educate yourself on what foods that should and should not be given to your pet.

Do you feed your pet table scraps? Better think twice if you do.  Tell us more about your habits when it comes to your pet, we might be able to help you out.



Dog Food Allergies – Watch What your Pekingese is Eating

Dog Food Allergies – Watch What your Pekingese is Eating

Feeding a dog is all about trial and error in order to figure out which food is the perfect match for him. And along the way, it is normal that you will encounter dog food allergies. And figuring out the appropriate food is really more than finding something that your little bundle of joy will adore, rather it is finding out the best dog food quality for him. Majority of the pekingese owners have a difficulty in acheiving both of these goals.

And the biggest issue and complain of most Pekingese owners is the fact that they are such picky eaters and often turn up their noses on the food given to them. It’s not an exeption that Pekes are such smart creatures and they are well aware for how long they can go on a hunger strike and for how long you allow them to have that attitude. Though they love their treats, sometimes even this one they would refuse especially if they are upset with something. Also bear in mind that your dog is one stubborn breed.

There are lots of foods made available in the local grocery store and most of them would usually suit your Pekingese. Just bear in mind that the essential factor here is to meet his nutritional needs as well as please his taste buds. Majority of the pekingese owners tendd to make a home-made mixture of gravy, liver, ground turkey (or other meats) and a little veggies for their little ones. You may try this one since they claim that their Pekes enjoy this kind of meal.

Another thing that you should also take into consideration is the fact that your Pekingese have very tiny small teeth and usually has a difficulty in chewin dry dog foods. And in general, Pekes don’t like canned goods for an unknown reason.  One more issue about the Pekes is that they are vary gassy. The gas is due to the food that they had eaten that is why most owners try to make their own dog food to make it more nutritious for them.

Dog Food Allergies

It may surprise you to learn that dogs often suffer from allergies.  Symptoms can include skin diseases, dry skin, fur loss, patchy fur, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, nasal or eye discharge, itching, sores, bumps under the fur, sore paws, vomiting and diarrhea.

If your dog has any of these symptoms, she may be allergic to fleas, inhalants, bacteria, foods or something she is coming in contact with.  The good news is, your dog can be tested for allergies by your veterinarian or veterinary specialist.  If you suspect your dog has a food allergy, you will want to evaluate what you are feeding him and make some changes immediately.

Source: Baby and Kid Allergies, http://babyandkidallergies.com/dog_food_allergy.php

Common Dog Allergy Myths

Myth 1: “I changed my dog’s diet a lot of times so that he won’t develop food allergies.”

Truth: Dogs are not allergic to any brand or type of foods, they are allergic to the ingredients involved in his diet! So, if he happens to be allergic to beef and you give him other kinds of food preparations which still contains beef, then he would still be itchy all over. Take a closer look at the ingredients of the food, it ususally have carbohydrate sources and proteins. Scrutinize the food label first before buying. It is rather not rare to see a food saying “lamb and rice flavor” yet it has prawn or chicken in them which are potential allergens to your dog.

Myth 2: “Dogs are alergic to soy, wheat, corn and other plant-based products.”

Truth: A study was conducted before and out of 278 cases of food allergies in dogs, the problematic ingredients were identified. Beef was on the top of the list (95 cases), followed by dairy and wheat respectively. Corn and wheat belong to the lowest levels.

Myth 3: “If my dog has allergies, why doesn’t experience diarrhea.”

Truth: Others experience it, some don’t. Dogs experiencing food allergies have concurrent gastrointestinal signs such as diarrhea or vomiting, that is why you shouldn’t rule out food allergies even if diarrhea is absent.

Myth 4: “I didn’t change anything in his diet, so it is impossible to develop any allergy now.”

Truth: Dogs can develop allergies at any point in their lives, with or without diet history.

Dog food allergies are quite common especially to a breed like pekingese since they are extra sensitive in the insides. As an owner, you should be vigilant with the signs associated with food allergies. Like what they say, knowledge is power. Being knowledgeable would give your the leverage in protecting and saving your pekingese’s life.

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