Dogs & Cucumbers

by Naomi Millburn
    Don't worry, cucumbers aren't poisonous to your fluffy buddy.

    Don't worry, cucumbers aren't poisonous to your fluffy buddy.

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    Whether your sweet doggie has her sights set on your grilled chicken sandwich lunch or the cucumber slices in your salad bowl, when she wants to eat something, she wants it badly. Despite your pet's persistence, it's crucial never to feed her anything if you're unsure of its safety.

    If your dog somehow gets her paws on some cucumber and eats it, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The innocuous vegetable is in no way poisonous to your pet, so you can stop panicking immediately. Cucumbers not only aren't toxic to canines, but also not to horses or felines.

    Although cucumbers are definitely not toxic to dogs, that in no way means that they're the greatest food option for your cutie, either. The ASPCA notes that "people foods" such as vegetables may trigger some mild tummy distress in dogs -- think belly pain and diarrhea. If your dog eats cucumber and experiences any digestive issues, you may want to keep her away from it in the future.
    However, if your dog's gastrointestinal discomfort seems unusually severe or lingering, take her to the veterinarian immediately. Never make assumptions about your pet's health. What you may assume to be a typical sensitivity to a human food could be something else entirely.

    Although cucumbers may indeed produce gastrointestinal problems for some doggies, the veggies may be A-OK for others. The ASPCA recommends sliced cucumber as an occasional yummy snack food for well-behaved canines. Other vegetable choices that may be 100 percent safe for your pet are zucchini and carrot.

    Even though cucumbers may be harmless for most dogs, a lot of other fruits and vegetables may not be quite so benevolent, so always proceed with caution. If you're uncertain regarding the safety of any "people" foods for your doggie, consult your veterinarian with absolutely any questions you have. The Humane Society of the United States cites a wide array of everyday fruits and vegetables that may be poisonous to canines, including stems and leaves of potatoes, leaves of rhubarb, onions, grapes and raisins, mushroom plants and tomato stems. All of these things have no business being in your pet's diet.

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    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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