Yesterday's Parade Magazine gave the following list of foods never to feed your pet:
Alcohol
Apple cores
Avocado
Bones
Caffeine
Cheese
Chocolate
Dough
Fat
Garlic
Grapes
Ham
Liver
Milk
Moldy foods
Mushrooms
Onions
Potato peels
Raisins
Tuna.
What's wrong with cheese, ham, mushrooms, potato peels and tuna? I'm especially curious bout the cheese. We've been wrapping Cubbe's meds in cheese.
Lia
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What's wrong with cheese, ham, mushrooms, potato peels and tuna? I'm especially curious bout the cheese. We've been wrapping Cubbe's meds in cheese.

Tuna's got unfortunate levels of mercury and ham has nitrites and a lot of salt. Can't speak to the others, but to the extent that cheese contributes to making dogs so freakin' fat, that's not good. There's also mold on cheese, and generally it is not a good idea to overdo dogs and dairy.

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Yesterday's Parade Magazine gave the following list of foods never to feed your pet: Alcohol Apple cores Avocado Bones Caffeine ... ham, mushrooms, potato peels and tuna? I'm especially curious bout the cheese. We've been wrapping Cubbe's meds in cheese. Lia

I've read about cheese before. Could be dogs shouldn't have dairy products in general?
td
I've read about cheese before. Could be dogs shouldn't have dairy products in general?

Yes and no. Some dairy products, like yogurt and cheese, are cultured, so they are not a problem for lactose intolerant individuals (like dogs). Cheese, though, is high in fat and salt, so it's not a good idea to give large quantities of it to dogs. A tiny amount should be fine, though.
A lot of things on the list are common sense (alcohol), but the inclusion of mushrooms surprises me. I know I'm not the only one here who gives my dog mushrooms.

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What's wrong with cheese, ham, mushrooms, potato peels and tuna? I'm especially curious bout the cheese. We've been wrapping Cubbe's meds in cheese.

Raw potato is somewhat poisonous. Potato sprouts, eyes, leaves are definitely poisonous - solanine and some other chemical. Potato peelings (presumably being raw) shouldn't be fed to dogs.
Solanine increases with age and light exposure, decreases with cooking. I'm sure you've heard not to green potato peels.
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Some dairy products, like yogurt and cheese, are cultured, so they are not a problem for lactose intolerant individuals (like ... but the inclusion of mushrooms surprises me. I know I'm not the only one here who gives my dog mushrooms.

Maybe I'm tripping over the word "never." I realize that a dog is likely to survive a minute amount of chocolate, but it still makes sense to me to say that a dog should never be given chocolate.
But does it make sense to say that a dog should never have cheese? Sure it is fatty, and many dogs are underexercised and overweight, but never? We use small amounts as training treats and to aid giving pills. Cubbe is NOT underexercised and overweight. So where's the harm?
Are all dogs lactose intolerent? Jim insists on giving Cubbe a little of the watered down milk leftover from the steamed milk he uses for his own cappucino. It doesn't seem to upset her digestion or give her gas.
I'm getting curious about the no mushrooms rule as well. Not that Cubbe likes them, but she's fussy and often refuses to eat food that falls off the cutting board.
Lia
Some dairy products, like yogurt and cheese, are cultured, so ... not the only one here who gives my dog mushrooms.

Maybe I'm tripping over the word "never." I realize that a dog is likely to survive a minute amount of ... that Cubbe likes them, but she's fussy and often refuses to eat food that falls off the cutting board. Lia

Perhaps it is to discourage them from eating mushrooms in the wild? Our old dog Murphy, ate some mushrooms that were growing in our yard once. I called the vet immediately and he said to get her to vomit them up. We didn't know if the mushrooms were safe or poisonous.
We did give her fat free vanilla ice cream though, per the vets instructions. She'd had pancreatitis and he had given her a powder to take for the remainder of her life, and it was he who suggested we mix it in a bit of fat free vanilla ice cream to get her to take it. It became a real challenge after a devastating hurricane here, to find some fat free vanilla ice cream that hadn't been spoiled by the fact that nearly everyones power was out for days. I didn't want to chance using anything that might have been spoiled, thawed and refrozen, etc.
td
Yesterday's Parade Magazine gave the following list of foods never to feed your pet: Alcohol

I once had a dog who loved beer. On one 4th of July picnic she got up on one of the tables and knocked several cans over in order to lap the contents up. She lived to a ripe old age, by the way.
Bones

There would be a Canine Mutiny in this house if we withheld bones. I am careful not to give little or splintery bones however.

What's "Parade Magazine" anyhow? It doesn't sound like something a professional vet etc would use as a source of trustworthy information...

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What's "Parade Magazine" anyhow? It doesn't sound like something a professional vet etc would use as a source of trustworthy information...

I comes in the Sunday newspaper. It's not a piece of fluff, simply includes various types of information along with a bit of star news. But the informative articles are usually quite interesting.

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