Don’t Feed Ducks Bread, Dogs Garlic, Onions or Chocolate. It’s that time of year when the animals in our lives actually get more than normal as they benefit from our “too loving” way. But are they really benefiting?
Innocently enough, much out of habit, and emulating, we humans have been feeding ducks bread for decades. In England and Wales alone, they feed 6 million loaves of bread per year. The reality is feeding ducks bread is like feeding them junk food. In fact, it causes a debilitating disease known as “angel wing” which doesn’t sound bad, does it? It’s bad, really bad ,“Angel Wing” is when a ducks wings point out laterally, making them unable to fly. There is much more information on this that can be found here. What should you feed them, here is a short list of alternatives:
- Can (canned, fresh or frozen)
- Lettuce, or other greens torn into small pieces
- Frozen Peas that have been defrosted
- Oats, either rolled or instant
- Duck Pellets
While we’re on the subject of what not to feed animals, did you know dogs can’t digest garlic or onions? Neither did I. So I found this handy-dandy list of all the things you should not feed your dog (and most of the time cats too). This list should be taken very serious. Are you curious what you should do if your dog accidentally eats something they shouldn’t, here’s a good article from a veterinarian that is helpful too!