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Is eggplant good for dogs?


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September 13, 2011 1:53AM

I deleted the previous answer. The previous responder stated very clearly that dogs should ONLY eat dog food (except the occasional carrot or apple). they mean only canned or dry (kibble) dog food. This cannot be further from the truth. Truth be told, canned/packaged pet food has only been around for about 50 years, dogs have been on the planet in some form or another for thousands of years. Packaged dog food can be good for the dog but most of them (even the expensive kinds) contain corn based filler, meat by-products and even possible rendered remains of other dogs, cats, diseased zoo animals, cows, etc. including teeth, fur, collars (yes, with the pet tags).

To answer your question, I have read mixed things about eggplant for dogs. the main contention is that it is hard to digest and will come out much like it went in. I cooked eggplant for my dogs for the first time tonight, I cut it up small and cooked it until it was really soft. It was actually mixed in with squash, celery, some apples and spinach. I also added a small amount of garlic (although some will say its not good for dogs) which helps clean the blood and repel fleas.

Dogs are omnivores like humans. they can eat veggies, meat and other stuff. Humans can also eat pre-packaged foods... but wouldn't a home cooked and fresh meal be healthier? safer?

Before you go and buy your dog another 40 pounds bag of food, please do some research. Go to Amazon or the local bookstore and look up animal nutrition and recipe books such as "Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats" or "The Healthy Dog Cookbook: 50 Nutritious & Delicious Recipes Your Dog Will Love" by Jonna Anne.

I strongly recommend "Food Pets Die For" by Ann Martin. To me, this book does to the pet food industry what Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" did for the meat packing industry in the 1800s.

In general, dogs should NOT eat the following:

1. Chocolate

2. Onions / Onion Powder

3. Apple Seeds

4. Coffee

5. Alcohol

6. COOKED animal bones or any small animal (chicken, fish, etc) bones. Cooking makes the bones sharp and brittle. I usually give them a raw marrow or shank bone as a treat. Ripping the residual meat off the bone is good for their jaw muscles and teeth.

7. Avocados (although I have read of people who have dogs that eat them off of trees in their yards)

8. Grapes & raisins

9. Iodized salt

10. salty meats (pork, bacon, etc).

11. Milk

12. macadamia nuts (and other nuts)

13. Tomatoes & Citrus fruits (although some tomato paste can be OK cooked with other stuff)

14. Anything you wouldn't eat (moldy food, green potatoes, sprouting potatoes, etc).

But like humans, not everything is good for every dog. Consult your Vet or a Vet who has experience with home cooked food.

Just a comment regarding the garlic: I make my own dog food as well because my pups have grain, poultry, and peanut butter allergies. My vet advised me to NEVER add garlic to their food because onions and garlic are from the same family and are toxic.

Dogs are omnivores like humans. they can eat veggies, meat and other stuff.Absolutely not,this is a common misconception...Scientifically dogs are classified as carnivores and should be fed accordingly...they can survive on the omnivorous diet that so many people feed them however it is not always a naturally healthy diet....Wolves and dogs as well will eat a certain amount of green vegitable matter but not on a daily basis..dogs will not naturally seek out vegitable gardens and eat carrots,peas,potatoes,corn, ect... the vast majority of dry and canned dog foods contain fillers such a cornmeal, cardboard, sawdust, rice, soybeans ect... These are not natural foods for Dogs...Dogs should be fed a balanced diet of meats such as beef,chicken,turkey..with the occasional addition of small amounts of green vegitables for vitamins or a daily pet vitamin...dogs can get the vast majority of their vitamins from meat and from natural bones,rawhide chews,ect.....Some Store bought meats contain chemicals such as growth hormones, antibiotics, preservatives,dyes,flavor enhancers ect.. those kinds should be avoided if possible....Meats will also lose alot of their nutritional value when they are cooked,so feeding of raw meat to healthy dogs is prefered,The normal dog's digestive system is extremely well developed and deals with salmonilla and other meat borne bacteria efficiantly to the point that it is rarely an issue except in dogs with weak immune systems or digestive problems.......Natural food = Natural health