Food and Treats

 

There is a lot of information out there regarding what kind of foods, other than dog food, can be given to your Coton. The most important thing to remember is that while some fruits, veggies, and other human foods are acceptable, there are only a handful of foods that a Coton should be fed. For instance, onions and garlic prove to be quite toxic to a dog, as well as grapes, mushrooms and obviously chocolate products. If any of these things are digested by your Coton, it can put them in serious danger.

While, it’s mostly advised not to feed your Coton anything you eat, sometimes owner’s use their groceries as treats or training aids in numerous situations. Remember that feeding a Coton anything randomly other than their regular diet can have negative effects, like problems with the stomach. Here’s an insight on what exactly are appropriate and nutritious substitutes. So incorporate the following selections with caution.

To begin with fruits and vegetables, seedless and skinless fruits such as bananas, apple slices, pineapples, mangos, watermelons, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries can be given in small portions with no harmful aftereffects. Apricot, Pears, Oranges and Cantaloupes oranges are also options. For vegetables, with the exception of corn, which most dogs (Cotons) are allergic to, nearly every kind from spinach to cabbage is consumable. Baby carrots, for example, are naturally low in calories and makes a great treat. Frozen baby carrots are great for babies that are teething.

Some foods full of protein can also prove to be essential. Peanut butter is widely known as a beloved choice for dogs, and it even helps keep their heart healthy. Grilled chicken provides as much if not more protein, being able to mix in with conventional dog food to add a little something to a meal. Even scrambling an egg for your Coton can be a helpful alternative to table scraps and leftovers.

Other positive examples are salmon, green beans, cottage cheese, oatmeal, and yogurt, which is easy to digest and high in calcium.

Please keep in mind human food should be plain, not spicy with no seasoning, especially salt.  Excessive salt consumption can cause complications for your Coton including serious dehydration.  Salty snacks aren’t a good choice.  Your Coton should receive sodium for normal growth in the commercial dog food.

For more information on healthy food and eating habits, please speak with your Veterinarian.