Can We Share?
● By Alesha Damerville
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By Alesha Damerville
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – There is one thing that Yampa Valley residents love as much as skiing, and it’s their dogs.
One of the most amazing perks about this town’s love for canines has to be office dogs. At any given time, Steamboat Magazine has as many as four dogs running around the office. While this might sound a bit chaotic, it actually has the opposite effect.
These four-legged friends spark joy. Sitting in front of a computer screen for eight hours a day tends to be a bit taxing, but the opportunity to snag some of the unrelenting love that dogs graciously give, is not just nice – it’s a blessing.
However, bringing your dog to the office has its risks. While you’re enjoying your lunch break, you might find your furry friend at your side, begging for the same food.
Stay in the know and keep your furry friends safe with this comprehensive list of safe and unsafe foods for dogs.
Bread – plain, no spices, no raisins
Bell peppers – cut in small pieces, nothing spicy
Cashews – unsalted, a few at a time
Cheese – as long your dog isn’t lactose intolerant
Coconut – coconut contains lauric acid, which can help combat bacteria and viruses
Corn – off the cob
Eggs – not raw, wonderful source of protein, helpful for upset stomach
Fish – not raw, full of good fats and amino acids
Ham – OK to eat but not the healthiest, packed with sodium and fat
Honey – in small amounts, contains countless nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, and antioxidants. Can also be used as a topical for burns and cuts
Liver – in small amounts
Milk – as long your dog isn’t lactose intolerant
Peanut butter – in moderation, too much fat can lead to pancreatic cancer
Popcorn – unsalted, unbuttered, air-popped popcorn, contains riboflavin and thiamine as well as small amounts of iron and protein
Pork – easily digestible, loaded with amino acids
Quinoa – found in many high-quality dog foods, great alternative for wheat, soy and corn
Salmon – fully cooked, protein, good fats and amino acids
Shrimp – fully cooked in small amounts, high in antioxidants, B-12 and phosphorus
Tuna – fully cooked, omega-3 fatty acids to promote heart and eye health
Turkey – remove excess fat/skin/bones, any meat with added salt, garlic, onions and seasonings should be avoided
Yogurt – plain, good for digestion
Almonds – can block the esophagus or even tear the windpipe
Apple seeds – contain cyanide
Avocado – contains persin, which can cause heart congestion, diarrhea and vomiting
Cat food – protein and fat levels are too high for dogs
Chocolate – can cause stomach issues, heart problems, seizures and even death
Cinnamon – can lead to difficulty breathing or choking, vomiting, liver disease and heart complications
Garlic – five times more toxic to dogs than other Allium plants, delayed symptoms
Grapes/raisins – can cause kidney failure
Ice cream – always avoid excessive sugar
Macadamia nuts – can cause inability to walk, vomiting, lethargy and increased body temperature
Onions/chives – bad no matter the form. Can cause anemia
Salt – can lead to sodium ion poisoning
Sugar – diabetes, obesity and dental issues
Information from the ASPCA and the Canine Journal.