“I love you so much that I’m not giving you a taste.”

Miko and Kishi, Shiba Inus

Recently, I brought home a roasted chicken for dinner. Miko groaned and whined with impatient Shiba anticipation that she’d get some in her food. She did! Kishi, too!

I’m a typical dog mom. I love to give the girls a “taste” of human food that is safe for them to eat. There is a limit, though, especially during the holidays when dogs can very easily get sick from too much of a good thing, or just a little of the wrong foods.

There are many reminders on the Internet of the human foods dogs and cats can and cannot eat. Sharing on social media sites helps to spread the word. I’m thankful that this information is easily found, because I made some mistakes when I had Tag. I’m fortunate he didn’t get sick. Very fortunate.

To prevent more than one temporary or permanent illness (i.e., pancreatitis, Heinz body anemia) the AKC and National Shiba Club of America, as examples, provide useful online information for what dogs should and should not eat. Love your Shiba so much you only give what’s healthy for them!

Here’s a short list of SHOULD NOTS:

  • Onion, garlic, leeks, chives (Allium plants)
    • Any seasonings with the above ingredients
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Almonds, macadamia nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Ice cream
  • Sugar-free gums, candies, and baked goods containing xylitol
  • Excess fat and skin from meats
  • Poultry bones, specifically

Say “yes” to these foods:

  • Meats (boneless turkey, pork, beef) that are not covered in garlic, onions or other seasonings toxic to dogs
  • Bread, wheat, rice or other grains (if your dog isn’t allergic)
  • Salmon, tuna and shrimp
  • Popcorn
  • Peanuts, cashews
  • Yogurt, cheese, eggs
  • Honey
  • Corn, broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach
  • Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin

Check out these Web pages for more on what dogs can and cannot eat, and the reasons why.

The above are not complete lists of foods so please remember to always check with your veterinarian if you have any questions about your Shiba’s diet.

Happy tasting from Kishi and Miko!!

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