Upon breaking a leaf you see two things - a green, clear gel in the middle and small amounts of white liquid around the periphery. The latter is toxic to dogs. The gel in the middle is non-toxic and selective use on affected skin can be soothing and beneficial.
Apples are a fantastic addition to your dog’s diet; they provide vitamin A, vitamin C and dietary fibre. They also provide a way to keep your dog’s teeth clean and helps to freshen their breath! However, you should be sure to remove the core and the seeds of the apple before giving it to your dog. The seeds contain a very low amount of cyanide, though this chemical is only released when they are chewed and, as in people, swallowing a couple of pips is unlikely to cause problems.
Dogs can eat bananas in moderation. Bananas are a good source of potassium, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, biotin and copper. Bananas are low in sodium and cholesterol, but due to the sugar content in bananas, dogs should only eat them as a treat, and not as a regular part of their diets.
Both raw and cooked pumpkin is safe for dogs. (If your dog or cat has diabetes or chronic kidney disease, always ask your vet first.) As far as our healthy pooches go, seeds and flesh of fresh raw pumpkins are safe provided, of course, it's not a rotten pumpkin that's been sitting on the porch for four weeks.
With the buzz around blueberries being a “superfood” for humans, it’s good to know that they’re safe and healthy for dogs too. With fiber, potassium, antioxidants, and low sugar, blueberries are a perfect sweet treat for the summertime – especially a few frozen ones on hot days.
Sardines are often referred to as the healthiest fish in the sea, as they eat only planktons and don’t live long, which means that their exposure to heavy metals and toxins is minimal. Feed them raw, cooked, or canned in water. Don’t let the tiny size of these fish fool you: they pack quite a punch when it comes to nutritional values, so be careful with the portions, especially with chubby pups.
Salmon can contain a parasite called Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which leads to poisoning in dogs. Canines are the only animals that are fatally affected by this parasite, so it’s best never to feed your dog salmon.
Strawberries are safe for dogs to eat, and are chock full of antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. It’s also said that strawberries can help “whiten” your dog’s teeth! Only a few berries at a time, though, as strawberries are naturally sweet and too much can cause diarrhea or gastrointestinal upset.
Watermelon is a hydrating treat on a hot summer day, providing vitamins A, B6 and C, plus plenty of beneficial lycopene. Be sure it contains no seeds and the rind is removed.