Picnic With Your Pooch

All of us at Ocala Style love dogs. So when local artist Laura Venosa told us she styles special picnics for her chihuahuas Ellie, Jerry and Mickey, we were intrigued.

“Keep it fresh and simple” is Laura’s advice for picnicking with your pooch. She decorates with fresh, organic herbs that are safe for dogs and treats her fur babies to healthy snacks like carrots. She cautions, however, that certain food and plants that are safe for humans are not safe for dogs.

Samantha Schwab, the resident pet expert at Chewy, urges pet parents to keep “people food” limited to occasional special treats served in small quantities.

“Only feed your dog a small amount of treats, and don’t skip over your dog’s regular mealtime,” she recommends. “Choose treats that your dog is already used to eating so your dog won’t surprise you with a bad reaction. Save time and space by choosing food that both you and your furry picnic partner can safely enjoy together.”

Safe for Dogs In Small Quantities

  • Apple slices
  • Berries
  • Carrots
  • Peanut butter (without xylitol)
  • Bread
  • Cheese in small quantities
  • Corn
  • Fully cooked eggs
  • Popcorn
  • Ham
  • Pork
  • Salmon
  • Turkey

Not Safe For Dogs

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Onions
  • Xylitol
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts)
  • Milk and dairy (if lactose intolerant)
  • Raw or undercooked meat or eggs
  • Salt or salty food
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