Food Focus

Rotten tomatoe?

Did you know that the humble tomato plant, (the green fruit, foliage and stems) has a sneaky substance called solanine in it? A large amount of the plant would need to be ingested, however solanine poisoning can cause nasty gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g. diarrhoea and vomiting), lethargy, weakness, and even confusion. Ripened tomatoes contain less solanine …

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Lactose!

As much as our faithful friends would love an ice cream every day in summer, did you know dogs develop lactose intolerance from the age of 4 weeks old, as part of the weaning process? Most dogs are unable to process lactose so dairy that has high quantities may give them an upset tummy. Not …

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Mercury…

Cooked fish, such as salmon and tuna, are not only an excellent source of protein and vitamins but also contain essential fatty acids that are great for dogs both inside and out. They help maintain a shiny, healthy coat, and they are also great for brain function and for your dog’s immune system. I often …

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Onion & Garlic

Let’s bust some myths! Onions and garlic are part of the allium family and, in dogs, damage the oxygen-carrying substance found in red blood cells called haemoglobin. This means they can cause anaemic and onion toxicosis.  That’s a cheerful start – not! It takes only around 100 grams of onion per 20kg of a dog’s weight to cause …

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