Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Toxic Foods for my Labrador Retrievers

Subject: Toxic Foods for my Black Labrador Retriever

From: Florence (Canada)

Labrador Retriever Name: Shin-shin and Shawnee

Reader's E-mail - Florence Writes:

Hello Fay,

I write to you for information in reference to my two beautiful Labrador Retrievers. Shin-shin and Shawnee are both female yellow Labs that will be 1 1/2 years as of 12, March.

My family being big with six children always seem to feeding the dogs food and snacks and I take to worry that they might feed them wrong things. Can you help tell me what foods and snacks might be bad for them.

Thanks for help you provide.

With respect,
Florence

All About Labradors Answer:

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice. Disclaimer

Thank you for writing Florence and for your patience awaiting your answer.

There is a good sized list of foods that can be toxic to your Labrador Retriever - chocolate, grapes, coffee, alcoholic beverages, and macadamia nuts to name a few.

The ASPCA has compiled a list of top 10 people foods that you should not feed your pet that I would like you to take a look at:

People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

On the above list you will see garlic listed. I personally have been feeding my two Labrador Retrievers garlic juice for health reasons (small amount mixed with their food) and have never had any problems with this. The ASPCA states "an occasional low dose, such as what might be found in pet foods or treats, likely will not cause a problem, but we recommend that you do NOT give your pets large quantities of these foods". You will get positives and negatives recommendations for the use of garlic.

The ASPCA also provides another list of specific products or substance that you may have questions about:

People Foods

Last but not least over at peteducation.com you will find another outstanding list that will be of help to you:

Poisons and Toxic Foods for Dogs

I hope the above lists help you out and if you don't understand anything, please let me know. Thank you for the wonderful drawing by your children, I love it!

Take care of yourself, family, Shin-Shin and Shawnee,

Fay

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