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Digestive Dangers Dog Dogs

There’s a reason human food is called that.

You’re supposed to feed human food to, well, humans. Same thing with dog food. Although, I did grow up with a girl who enjoyed nothing more than snacking on a dog biscuit, but I think that was more along the lines of a cry for attention than an actual appreciation for the crispy taste.

A recent article in the Huffington Post went on about twelve human foods that can harm dogs. And I’m not talking about dropping a huge wheel of Cheddar cheese on your dog’s head. Don’t do that, either. No, these are foods that are dangerous if digested.

In yesterday’s post, I went over the first part of the article, which included foods like chocolate, milk, cheese (see?), avocado, macadamia nuts, grapes and raisins, garlic and onions.

This go round, I start with something I’ve been doing to Buzz, The Garbage Disposal That Walks Like A Dog, with a distressing regularity.

The humans in our family love apples. Their favorite is the Honey Crisp varietal, which is pretty expensive. Because of the cost, I’ve encouraged the young dudes not to share their cut-up apples with the dog, no matter how much he begs. However, they and I have a tendency to give in to those puppy-dog eyes and drop the dog the apple’s core.

Turns out, that’s not such a smart thing to do. Apparently, apple cores (as well as the cores of plums, peaches, pears and apricots) contain cyanogenic glycocides, which you might know better as cyanide. Yeah, the poison. It’s not enough to drop you in your tracks if you eat just one, but it can build up and dogs weigh less than a human, so it builds up quicker.

Another no-no is feeding the dog active bread yeast or dough. If a dog ate active yeast dough, it can ferment in his stomach producing toxic alcohol or could expand in the digestive system, producing dangerous levels of gas and rupture the stomach or intestine.

One of the reasons we’re told not to give a dog chocolate is that chocolate contains caffeine, which is bad for them. (Us, too, but no way am I giving up my Diet Coke.) So it should go without saying that you shouldn’t actually let your dog drink the leftover half-caff, skinny latte. Or any coffee. Or Coke. Or Monster or other energy drink.

Caffeine overstresses the dog’s nervous system, leading to vomiting, hyperactivity, heart palpitations and even death.Bacon, yes, bacon, is bad for dogs. The poor dears.

Finally, most surprisingly, and most horribly, the food we’re not supposed to share with our doggie friends is. . . wait for it. . . not yet. . . bacon.

Yes, bacon.

I’ll pause here while we contemplate the appalling wasteland of the future without bacon. All right, enough. It’s not like we’re being told no more bacon, just don’t give it to Spyke.

Bacon, like most foods high in fat, can cause a dog’s pancreas to become inflamed (called pancreatitis) and stop working. Once that happens, the dog’s digestion gets all wacky and derails nutrient absorption.

All in all, that’s a pretty heavy and extensive list of human foods that are explicitly not for dogs.

Just to be safe, and prevent a lot of table-side begging, maybe we should just not feed Spot any human food at all.

Well, other than broccoli. Buzz, The Garbage Disposal That Walks Like A Dog, loves his broccoli and those greens are good for everybody.

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Freaky Friday: It’s All About The Chocolate, Baby

by Richard

There’s the old saw that women, and only women, love chocolate. I’m here to tell you that the old saw just won’t cut wood. Now, I wouldn’t say I’m consumed by the thought of consuming chocolate, nor are many other men and women I know — and, hey, if I don’t know anyone like that then it just must be true because I am the center of the universe — but I do know that I will be eating more chocolate in the future. Why?, I hear you asking. The reason is simple: Chocolate will help me stay alive.

According to a recent study, eating chocolate helps to cute the death rate in heart attack survivors. Hhn. If only I knew a heart attack survivor I could ask about this. Oh, wait. That’s right. I am one. I’ll ask myself. Heh, heh. This makes me feel right funny. In a good way.

Heart attack survivors who eat chocolate two or more times per week cut their risk of dying from heart disease about threefold compared to those who never touch the stuff, scientists have reported.

Smaller quantities confer less protection, but are still better than none, according to the study, which appears in the September issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine.

Apparently, the study found, the benefits to heart attack survivors are only specific to chocolate. Unfortunately. Which means I won’t be eating more of that vanilla ice cream of which I’m so fond. Oh, well.

In the study, (scientists) tracked 1,169 non-diabetic men and women, 45-to-70 years old, in Stockholm County during the early 1990s from the time they were hospitalised with their first-ever heart attack.

The participants were queried before leaving hospital on their food consumption habits over the previous year, including how much chocolate they ate on a regular basis.

They underwent a health examination three months after discharge, and were monitored for eight years after that. The incidence of fatal heart attacks correlated inversely with the amount of chocolate consumed.

“Our findings support increasing evidence that chocolate is a rich source of beneficial bioactive compounds,” the researchers concluded.

The results held true for men and women, and across all the age groups included in the study.

Of course, there is that one slight drawback. Unhindered consumption of chocolate might be contributing to that growing spare tire that’s sitting above my belt. And we all know that fat bodies don’t go well with stricken hearts. There’s a fine line to be walked here, but I do love to live life on the edge. Maybe this is my latest edge walk. Care to join me?

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Dude Food: Pork Medallions With Ginger Pears and Chutney

Sometimes when I’m cooking, I’ll get a wild hair and want to do something different, something a bit more than just basic grub for the family to eat. That’s not to say I’m going to go all-out Julia-Childs on everyone and make the entire meal from scratch, using fresh-from-the-farm ingredients and begin working on the meal a couple of days in advance. I mean, I’m just not that ambitious. No freaking way.

However, I am willing to — occasionally — spend more than 10 minutes putting together a good meal. When that urge hits (and I can’t just hide in the closet sucking my thumb until it goes away), I often turn to this recipe: pork medallions with ginger pears and chutney. It’s absolutely fantastic. In fact, it’s so good, I’ve actually fixed it as a family dinner for more than 20 people. The satisfied smiles and glowing reviews were well worth the time spent in the kitchen. Plus I got to drink beer while I worked so that was good.

As always, the recipe is behind the cut.

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