A Need-to-Know for Idaho Dog Parents
Idaho parents with fur babies need to know this. Tonight's table scraps or your dog's run through the wrong farm could send them to the emergency room.
Question: what's the first thing you think of when it comes to foods your canine can't eat? It is chocolate? Maybe it's gum? If either of those came to mind, you're not alone. I rushed to the same conclusions while absentmindedly dismissing the most dog-toxic food around us.
I was today-years-old and an Idaho local for eight years when I learned dogs couldn't eat potatoes. Potatoes, friend! The Gem State's most famous, most important cash crop! What's worse, I've been raising dogs for 14 years.
Say No to Pups & Potatoes
According to research sited by the American Kennel Club, potatoes and dog-o's are a no-go. The reason? Potatoes are nightshades. Vegetables in the nightshade family contain solanine—a life-threatening compound for many canines. Cooking potatoes will reduce their levels solanine, but it cannot eliminate the substance from the vegetable altogether.
For more information on how solanine effects dogs, I liked Wag Walking's easy-to-understand explanation. Scroll through the gallery of dog-toxic foods below to help keep yours happy, healthy, and out of the ER!
PS, don't gloss over onions on the list! They're another huge Idaho crop.