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What Not to Feed Fluffy

Normally at JGA Network we focus on human health, but for many of our readers, the health of their pets is just as important. We all know that chocolate is bad for dogs, but does anyone know why? While feeding our dogs and other animals with specially formulated food is easy, we often share our own food with them as well. Here are a couple things to look out for before you decide to hand off your scraps.

1) Chocolate.

Chocolate is well known as the nemesis of dogs, and yet many think that it’s ok to sneak a cookie now and then. The chemical theobromine, as well as caffeine, that is present in chocolate is toxic to dogs after a certain amount. That amount varies by dog breed and size, so it’s better to just avoid your dog getting his nose into any chocolate. Symptoms can range anywhere from diarrhea and vomiting to death in as little as 24 hours.

Veterinary Medicine: Animals Need Supplements Too!

Typically, when one thinks of what types of animals veterinarians treat, one’s mind goes to dogs and cats, also known as canine and feline medical specializations. Many natural health supplements are can be used in canine patients. However, there exists an extended list of other types of animals veterinarians can specialize in treating. Some are very large, some much smaller and some are very exotic.

One type of veterinary discipline, which focuses on large animals, is bovinae medicine. This biological subfamily consists of a group of 10 large animals, which include bison, cattle, water buffalo, American buffalo, antelopes and yak. Although these animals can be very different in size and characteristics, they all fall under this category despite the obscurity of the relationships between each animal. Although they are similar to horses in some ways, it is not suggested that they be given horse supplements. They are generally classified by characteristics including cloven hoofs and horns, which are often noted in males but sometimes less noticeably in females as well.