Julie Ruff: Doggy see, doggy do
Missy has lots of things, including but not limited to licking toes, pooping on hills and catching flies. This week she's had several play dates with a friend's dog, and now she has a new thing. Missy saw Rita snacking on fallen pecans, and now she has picked up the habit. Missy had never eaten a pecan until two days ago. These two used to run and play and wrestle and be so excited to be outside together. Now they just sit and munch. Fatties.
Ever the doting, concerned mom, I turned on my computer and searched "Can dogs eat pecans?" There is good news and bad news. The good news is that unlike Macadamia nuts, which are poisonous for dogs, pecans are safe for them to eat. The bad news is nuts are high in fat and can cause problems for the pancreas if too many are ingested. So no big deal. They weren't eating that many.
Basically, here is what I gleaned from my Web search: In addition to the Macadamia nut, you should also steer clear of giving your dog cashews, walnuts and almonds.
And thank Dog peanuts are OK. Anyone who has every raised a dog from a puppy understands the importance of peanut butter inside a Kong toy.
I'll write more very soon about what dogs can't eat. Some of it may surprise you. Until then, don't give your dog any grapes. Or, you know, just Google it.