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Old 11-23-2011, 02:14 PM
 
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My shih tzu quit eating a week ago. We got her started eating again with brocolli. It was the only thing she would eat. She has always had a preferene for veggies and fruit. The vet said it was fine.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:26 AM
 
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Be very careful with chicken bones. The meat is fine, but the bones are hollow and splinter when a dog chews them up. The bone splinters can easily lodge in the dog's throat and can penetrate it. This applies equally to small breeds as well as larger dogs- even the tiny ones can splinter a small chicken bone. My family has lost some dogs from this- just be sure any chicken they eat has no bones.

Most green vegetables are just fine for dogs. Green beans are a good diet item for an overweight dog- they don't give the dog any fat, and they add a lot of bulk to the dog dinner. Raw carrots are great, too- I've seen dogs develop a real love for carrots.
When a dog's belly is full, he doesn't care what was filling.

I never feed my dog any fruit, ever. Some fruit, especially grapes, can be lethal for dogs. Pineapple, cherries, and most other fruit can be very disagreeable. It's the sugar that some dogs go for, but their gut isn't made for digesting any fruit.

Chocolate is also believed to be poisonous for dogs, but I've never had a dog die from chocolate. It does, however, always loosens them up severely, and you don't want to have a dog in the house after it raids a candy box... put 'em out for at least 12 hours to avoid calling the carpet cleaner- any sooner and you might have an unwelcome surprise.
It's the fat in chocolate. I once had a dog who gobbled up a pound of fresh fudge in less than a minute. Hoo-boy... you don't want to hear the rest of that story!
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