Canine Nutrition and Exercise

People Foods: Are They Safe?

Some people foods are OK for dogs. Consult a Yankee Hill staff member before feeding your dog any people food.

Foods to keep away from your dog:

  • Sweets: Under any circumstances, DO NOT let your dog eat chocolate. The chemical theobromine contained in chocolate is toxic to canines and even in small amounts can prove to be fatal.
  • Uncooked red meat and bones: Uncooked meats may contain harmful bacteria, parasites, and cysts, which may make your dog sick. Bones may be dangerous because they can splinter and puncture your dog’s gastrointestinal tract.
  • Chicken and turkey bones are a potential hazard for your pooch. These small bones can splinter and puncture the stomach or intestines, or cause choking.
  • Grapes and raisins can be toxic to canines if eaten in large amounts.
  • Onions and garlic can cause anemia in dogs.

Exercising Your Dog

Beneficial Types of Exercise:

Keeping your dog lean and healthy can add years to his life. Some breeds require more exercise than others. Consult Yankee Hill for questions regarding the amount of exercise your dog needs.

Changing daily activities is recommended to keep your dog interested in exercise and to prevent boredom. For ideas on how to keep your dog interested in exercising contact Yankee Hill Veterinary Hospital.