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Old 02-11-2006, 05:16 AM
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Yesterday i went to the vet for Bambi's vaccination. He told me it was okay to give fruits and vegetable to my dog. Well Carottes, Celery, Bananas, Apples, Oranges are okay but NOT grapes since they can poison themselves. Anyways, my question is how many of you gave some to your chis ? I want to try to give him some but im scared lool
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Old 02-11-2006, 07:19 AM
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Hey! That's funny you asked that. I just bought a magazine yesterday called Animal Wellness and they have an article in there about feeding fruits and vegetables. The article is entitled Top Ten Fruits and Vegetables. Here's a summary.

"The following ten fruits and vegetables are majour players when it comes to the health and well being of our feline and canine family members."

1. Carrots
2. Broccoli
3. Green Beans
4. Pumpkin
5. Sweet potatoes
6. Tomato (disclaimer, I've always heard not to feed tomato to your dog)
7. Apples
8. Blueberries and cranberries
9. Cantalpoupe
10. Watermelon

The article goes on to say that "Our animals don't have the necessary enzymes to break down the cellulose walls, which are indigestible carbohydrates found in the outer layers of fruits and vegetables like apples, broccoli, green beans, and carrots. We have to break down the walls for them, so these power-packed foods become as bio-available as possible. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways:

*A food processor
*Cooking or steaming
*Juicing"


I have fed my dogs carrots, sweet potato, green beans, bananas, and apples with no problems at all. My terrier could not handle the broccoli but then again I didn't break it down for her because I didn't know you were supposed to!

I would avoid celery unless you find out it is good for them. Celery can be hard to digest and it really does not have much nutritional value (for humans, anyway).
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Old 02-11-2006, 12:15 PM
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My Chi Book says Tomamtoes are fine just not to give them ant green parts. But we don't eat the green parts anyway. And as for Apples it says not to give them the seeds
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Old 02-11-2006, 02:13 PM
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I give Yoshi fruits and veggies all the time. She absolutely loves banana, and will do anything for a small piece of one I think that's her favorite food.
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Bean goes crazy over apples. He loves them. We cut them up and peel the skin for him.
I noticed oranges weren't on the list. Are they bad for them?
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if they can eat all this stuff can they eat like chicken and meats cut up tiny?
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Old 02-11-2006, 02:56 PM
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i have given rocky chicken and stuff but it is cooked plain just for him. i think its ok as long as it has nothing on it no seasoning or anything.
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Old 02-11-2006, 04:08 PM
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Tiny goes Banana when I give her Apples. At times, when I make myself a smoothie, I often give her very little as well.

Thanks Bijou for providing such knowledge information on food and vegetable. Tiny and I appreciated that!
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