Before you feed any new food to your dog, it's a good idea to check with your veterinarian to make sure the food is safe for dogs and is appropriate for your dog's particular health and nutritional needs. When handling and preparing steak for your dog, you should keep in mind the same food safety handling techniques you use when cooking for yourself. Always wash your hands and follow proper methods for freezing, refrigerating, and thawing steak. When thawing frozen steak, place the steak in its packaging on a plate and in the fridge. Preparing a steak for your dog is simple because you skip the seasoning altogether.
Your dog will think that the steak tastes just great without seasoning, and seasonings like butter and salt are unhealthy for dogs. When it comes to cooking the steak, you can use whatever method you prefer, including grilling the steak or pan frying it. It's important to make sure that you cook the steak until it's medium-well, which kills off salmonella, listeria, and other bacteria that could potentially harm your dog. Once the steak is cooked, let it rest and cool off for 15 minutes. Your dog will probably be enthusiastic about her steak, so if it's too hot, she could burn her tongue and mouth. After letting the steak sit for five minutes, you can cut it up and spread out the pieces, which will make it cool off quicker. You can shred it up and add it as a topping to your dog's food, or you can feed your dinner leftovers as a special treat as long as they haven't been seasoned. You can even make steak a part of your dog's meal when it's cooked and cut up into bite-size pieces.
When cutting up steak, remove any bones since your dog could break his teeth while chewing on the bone. Small shards of bone can also puncture your dog's throat and intestines. While you're at it, remove excess fat from the steak since it's more difficult for a dog to digest. If you'd like to cook a steak for a dog's birthday or top off his meal with a special treat, go right ahead. Just be sure to cook it properly and gradually introduce it to your dog's diet. Who can resist those big brown eyes and cute doggie grin? Can a little reward from the table or getting into Mom or DadвЂ™s stuff really hurt your dog? If it contains the sweetener xylitol, it can cause your dog some real problems. In fact, thereвЂ™s a lot of people food your dog should never eat. Some foods are downright dangerous for dogs -- and some of these common foods may surprise you. Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol. It can cause your dog's blood sugar to drop and can also cause liver failure. Early symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and coordination problems. Avocados, for example, have something called persin. But too much might cause vomiting or diarrhea in dogs. If you grow avocados at home, keep your dog away from the plants. Persin is in the leaves, seed, and bark, as well as the fruit. Also, the avocado seed can become stuck in the intestines or stomach, and obstruction could be fatal. Alcohol has the same effect on a dogвЂ™s liver and brain that it has on people. Just a little beer, liquor, wine, or food with alcohol can be bad.
It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, coordination problems, breathing problems, coma, even death. Keep onions and garlic -- powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated -- away from your dog. Look for signs like weakness, vomiting, and breathing problems. Caffeine can be fatal.В Watch out for coffee and tea, even the beans and the grounds. Keep your dog away from cocoa, chocolate, colas, and energy drinks. Caffeine is also in some cold medicines and pain killers. There are better treats to give your dog.В Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. Within a day, your dog will get sluggish and depressed. On a hot day, it may be tempting to share your ice cream with your dog. MilkВ and milk-based products can cause diarrhea and other digestive problems for your pup.
They can also trigger food allergies, which can cause her to itch. Keep your dog away from macadamia nuts and foods that have macadamia nuts in them. Just six raw or roasted macadamia nuts can make a dog sick. Look for symptoms likeВ muscle shakes, vomiting, high temperature, and weakness in his back legs. Eating chocolate with the nuts will make symptoms worse, maybe even leading to death.