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Does the “Luck of the Irish” affect your pets?

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In celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, it seems that everyone is a little bit Irish and enjoys the celebration of the beautiful, green holiday. Most pet owners also include their animal companions as part of all festivities, but the question is, “how safe is corned beef and cabbage” for your dog or cat? For specific information, it would be wise to ask your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home to ensure your pet can eat these special St. Patty Foods.

Cats are a little more finicky and table scraps should be avoided at all costs. Their systems are typically more delicate. However, generally speaking, corned beef is safe for your dog, but in a small quantity, if you must share your holiday meal. It is beef, but you need to consider how it becomes “corned.” The beef brisket is placed in a brine solution of sugar, vinegar, corned rock salt, pickling spices, garlic and water. The sodium content most often does not hinder the health of a pet as much as it does for humans although in larger quantities, can cause fatal sodium poisoning.

If you cook your corned beef with onions, both the garlic in the meat and the onion seasoning can cause stomach distress, becoming more fatal in larger quantities. A small piece of the meat, minus the onions won’t harm your otherwise healthy dog. The vegetables, in small quantities, minus seasonings, can be safe along with a tiny piece of beef. If you have a dog with heart or kidney concerns, it is best to avoid the beef completely.

So, if you must share your festivities, choose a tiny portion mixed in with your dog’s regular food. However, the best option is, eliminate all people foods completely. There are other ways to include your pet in the festivities; love, attention, playtime and a pet-approved pet treat are all better options for a happy, healthy holiday celebration. Your pet will be content and not miss something it is not aware of, so choose safety first.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

For the grooming needs of your Chihuahua in or near the Rockford area, you can contact Sue at pupelv7@comcast.net for further information.

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