Imodium for Dogs — Is It Okay to Give Your Dog OTC Human Medicine for His Upset Stomach?

Does your dog have an upset stomach? Whether the primary symptoms are erupting from one end (vomiting) or the other (diarrhea), when our canine friends take ill, no matter how light or temporary the situation may be, we instinctively turn to those over-the-counter products that bring us the most immediate relief. So, let’s talk Imodium for dogs — can you give a dog Imodium? Is it safe to give a dog Imodium? Can you give a dog Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate for his upset stomach? Read our insights and always contact your vet before giving your dog any sort of medicine.

First, consider why your dog’s stomach is upset

A sick, older dog lying on the floor.

Imodium for dogs — is it safe for your pup? Photography ©stonena7 | Thinkstock.

Before you consult with the family pharmacopoeia, or dash to the medicine cabinet in search of a solution, take a moment to consider the context of your dog’s upset tummy.

Have you recently changed your dog’s diet or brand of food? Has baby been rooting around in the garbage or eaten something he should not have? Has your dog traveled recently, been in a kennel or boarding facility, or been subjected to any unusual stressors?

Figuring out the cause of dog diarrhea can be easier if you pay regular attention to the quality of your dog’s stool. You should also take severity and duration into account before giving human medications of any kind to dogs. Diet and stress are the two most common causes of dog diarrhea, and, even untreated, these conditions usually resolve themselves within a couple of days.

Imodium for dogs

Let’s look at three of the most popular over-the-counter upset-stomach treatments for humans and assess the risks and potential benefits that they offer to dogs. Right off the bat, though, I’ll remind you that most cases of upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea in dogs resolve themselves within a few days of symptom onset.

Further, a general rule of thumb for human medications is to keep them away from dogs. That said, let’s start with Imodium for dogs, since the two others we’ll look at, Kaopectate and Pepto-Bismol, both contain the same active ingredient.

What does Imodium do? Imodium is a brand name for a non-addictive drug called Loperamide, which slows the movement of material through the digestive tract, and encourages the absorption of excess water. These properties imply that in cases of diarrhea in dogs, Imodium for dogs should act to prevent frequent, watery defecation and limit the repetitive, fruitless, and unproductive straining that accompanies loose stool. Like most OTC medications these days, Imodium is available in liquid and pill/chewable tablet formats, as well as in varieties that contain different ingredients.

The list of restrictions on Imodium for dogs reads like one of those commercials you see on television, where the warnings take fully a third of the air time to disclose. The most important of these include cautions against use in senior dogs, and against treatment of diarrhea caused by toxins or bacterial infections. And, always contact your veterinarian before you give your canid friends human medications of any kind.

Kaopectate for dogs and Pepto-Bismol for dogs

In its current formula (since around 2003), your standard dose of Kaopectate is practically the same thing as Pepto-Bismol. Both have a common active ingredient, to wit, bismuth subsalicylate. Though no one is completely sure how bismuth subsalicylate works, we do know that it continues to be used to treat upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. Medicines like Kaopectate and Pepto-Bismol coat and reduce inflammation along irritated digestive tracts, as well as functioning as acid reducers.

However, as with Imodium, Kaopectate and Pepto-Bismol also come in a variety of formulas, each with its own strength, and each geared toward resolving a specific digestive issue.

In other words, not all over-the-counter upset stomach medications are created equal, and the one you trust when your stomach is unsettled may do more harm than good when administered to a dog. Even a basic, standard formula can interact poorly if your dog is on other prescription medications, and frequently leads to blackened stools or constipation in dogs.

What can I give my dog for diarrhea?

I’m certain there are many readers who have successfully mitigated upset stomach symptoms in dogs with the help of human over-the-counter medications like Imodium, Kaopectate and Pepto-Bismol.

Before you try it yourself at home, place a call to your dog’s vet, particularly if symptoms have persisted for more than a couple of days. The size and weight of your dog should always be taken into account for dosage limits and how long and frequently it should be given to a dog.

On the other hand, you could try out tried and true non-narcotic solutions. Diarrhea, in particular, is one of the most common reasons that vets hear from dog owners. My own dog’s vet recently echoed conventional wisdom for dealing with digestive issues in dogs. She recommended that I try simple, unadorned, cooked white rice along with small, easily digestible bits of boiled chicken breast for a couple of days at mealtime before transitioning my dog back to her normal kibble.

How do you treat upset stomach in dogs?

Wholesome, short-term treatments, like chicken and rice, thankfully have no dangerous side effects and can help get a dog’s gastrointestinal tract back on track. If you take the time to search the internet in quest of a solution to a dog’s upset stomach, then you are clearly thorough enough to understand and appreciate the risks of giving human over-the-counter medications to your dog. Remember that most cases of diarrhea and vomiting in dogs have dietary or stress-related causes, and most resolve on their own with no treatment.

If your dog is ill at ease for more than a couple of days due to vomiting or diarrhea, dehydration becomes a concern, and you should consult a veterinary professional.

How do you deal with upset stomach issues when they arise in your puppy pals? Let us know in the comments!

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Dognapping: How to Protect Your Dog and Get Him Back If He’s Stolen

As a dog parent, one of my worst nightmares is dognapping. As a result, I’m pretty obsessive about the safety of my own dogs, and I always worry about dog theft when I see dogs tied to bike racks and lampposts outside of coffee shops, grocery stores and other spots around New York City.

So, what is dognapping? Why does it happen and are certain breeds or types of dogs targeted? How do you prevent it in the first place? What do you do if it happens to you?

Dognapping — the stats

An abandoned dog.

Dognappings have increased 31% in recent years. Photography by Pedro Vidal / Shutterstock.

An estimated two million pets are stolen every year in the United States. The American Kennel Club, which tracks instances of dog theft from their National Pet Theft Database, found a 31% increase in dognappings in recent years, with newly stolen dogs reported daily from communities across the country.

Why do dognappings happen?

Dognappings happen for many reasons and dogs may change hands multiple times after being stolen, which makes them even harder to locate. Thieves often steal dogs hoping to make money off of them. This might be someone looking to collect a reward, or something even more sinister.

Intact dogs (canines that aren’t spayed or neutered) may be sold to puppy mills or backyard breeders, small dogs or dogs of popular, expensive breeds might be taken and resold, or dogs may be sold to dog fighting rings either as fighters or bait dogs.

According to Pet FBI, some of the top small dogs targeted for cash include purebred Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, Maltese and Chihuahuas, while Pit Bulls, Boston Terriers, German Shepherd Dogs and Boxers fall victim to theft for dogfighting rings. In NYC, there has been a rise of dognappings of small dogs in return for cash.


How do you keep your dog safe from dognappers?

1. Never leave your dog unattended in public places or in your yard

Unattended dogs are easy targets for dognappers. If you are running errands that aren’t dog friendly, leave your dog at home.

2. Be proactive about dognapping

Hopefully your dog never goes missing, but you’ll need to prove he belongs to you if he does. Microchip your dog, and ensure that your contact information is up to date with your microchip company. Thieves could remove a collar and tags, but microchips are permanent forms of identification for your dog. Some dog guardians even use the advanced technology of Dog DNA tests to prove the identity of their dogs.

3. Hire professionals when it comes to pet-care providers 

In recent years, there have been several high-profile cases of dogs going missing while in the care of dog sitters — and never being seen again. Only hire responsible, insured and trusted pet-care providers and always check references before hiring a walker, daycare or sitter.

4. Use caution with overly curious strangers   

Be very guarded with your dog’s information. Sometimes, dognappers will try to determine how much a dog is worth, and if they’re spayed or neutered before taking them. Deflect detailed questions from strangers — particularly about how much your dog cost.


What to do if someone steals your dog:

1. Get help

Immediately call the police and your local animal control department. File a police report.

2. Talk to everyone

Try to find any witnesses who might have seen the dognapping occur. This will help you and the police get information about who has or had your dog. Distribute current, clear photos of your dog right away.

3. Research and use every available resource

Search out local lost and found groups online and on Facebook.

Other helpful sites include:

4. Contact the media

Social media sites like Facebook are instrumental in spreading the word about lost or stolen dogs. Don’t forget to contact your local media — newspapers, TV and radio — to try to increase coverage of your dog’s disappearance.

5. Protect yourself, too

People whose dogs are missing are vulnerable to being taken advantage of even further. I can’t even imagine how desperate I would be if something happened to one of my dogs — I would want to do everything and anything in my power to get them back.

The Better Business Bureau warns pet owners to watch out for scam artists who demand reward money before they return the missing dog.

For example, someone calling to say they are a long-haul truck driver who found your dog out of state and requesting money to get your dog back to your state, or someone saying they need money for airline tickets and a crate to ship your lost dog back.

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Sassafras Lowrey is an award-winning author. Her novels have been honored by organizations ranging from the Lambda Literary Foundation to the American Library Association. Sassafras is a Certified Trick Dog Trainer, and assists with dog agility classes. Sassafras lives and writes in Brooklyn with her partner, a senior Chihuahua mix, a rescued Shepherd mix and a Newfoundland puppy, along with two bossy cats and a semi-feral kitten. Learn more at sassafraslowrey.com.

HRS Goes to the Movies!

Mar 21, 2018

Do you like going to the movies? Starting Friday, you’ll see this Easter PSA we just made at House Rabbit Society on the big screen! It will be played once before each movie at the following theaters around the US the week prior to Easter 2018:

Metreon 16 – San Francisco, CA
Century Hilltop 16 – San Francisco, CA (in Richmond,CA)
Rainbow Promenade 10 – Las Vegas, NV
Mira Mesa 18 with IMAX – San Diego, CA
Park 12 Cobb Stadium Cinemas – Atlanta, GA (in Marietta, GA)
Gravois Bluffs Stadium 12 – St. Louis, MO (in Fenton, MO)
Cinemark 18 with XD – Los Angeles, CA
Lincoln Square 13 – New York, NY
Arden Center 14 – Sacramento, CA

See you at the movies!

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Vaccinations

Vaccinations for rabbits for myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease are available in several parts of the world and are advisable if available. Rabbits that catch either of the diseases are generally not expected to recover, and euthanasia is the common decision when diagnosed.

Myxomatosis vaccine

The myxomatosis vaccine can be given to rabbits over 5 weeks of age and should not be given to pregnant does.[1]:90 It must be given by subcutaneous injection into the scruff of the neck to healthy animals.[1]:88 Boosters should be given annually.

It is not advisable to administer both myxomatosis and VHD vaccine at the same time. At least 2 weeks should elapse between vaccinations.[1]:90

Viral haemorrhagic disease vaccine

The VHD vaccine is given to rabbits over 10 weeks of age and can also be given during pregnancy.[1]:90 It must be given entirely subcutaneously and dispersed by massaging the injection area thoroughly.[1]:90 Boosters should be given annually.

It is not advisable to administer both myxomatosis and VHD vaccine at the same time. At least 2 weeks should elapse between vaccinations.[1]:90

Where are vaccinations available?

Rabbits in Australia can be vaccinated against VHD but not against myxomatosis.[2]

Pet rabbits in the United Kingdom can be vaccinated against both myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease.[3]

Rabbits in the United States cannot be vaccinated against either diseases.[4][5][6] While outbreaks of VHD do happen occasionally, and myxomatosis is harbored as a trivial infection in some native rabbit species, no approved vaccines are currently available in the US.

Rabbits in Canada cannot be vaccinated against either disease. There are no approved vaccines for rabbits currently available in the country.

Further reading

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Varga, M. (2013). Textbook of rabbit medicine. (2nd ed.).
  2. Melbourne Rabbit Clinic. (n.d.). Vaccinations. Retrieved 30 March 2016 from http://www.melbournerabbitclinic.com/wordpress/?page_id=286
  3. Save a Fluff. (n.d.). Important injections / vaccinations for your rabbits. Retrieved 30 March 2016 from http://www.saveafluff.co.uk/rabbit-info/vaccinations
  4. ARBA. (n.d.). Frequently Asked Questions… Retrieved 30 March 2016 from https://www.arba.net/faq.htm#Q26
  5. The Merck Veterinary Manual. (2015). Viral Diseases of Rabbits. Retrieved 22 Aug 2016 from http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/exotic_and_laboratory_animals/rabbits/viral_diseases_of_rabbits.html.
  6. Western University of Health Sciences, The College of Veterinary Medicine. (n.d.). Western Univeristy Vet Myxo Letter. Retrieved 22 Aug 2016 from http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/docs/WesternUVetMyxoLetter.pdf

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11 Silent Signs You Have a Kidney Infection

Bloody urine

Woman sitting on toilet bowl holding tissue paper - health problem conceptPair Srinrat/ShutterstockMost kidney infections will start with bacteria that travel up the urinary tract to the bladder; the infection can then make its way to the kidneys. Because women have a shorter urethra than men, they’re at higher risk for urinary tract infections (UTIs)—and that leaves them more vulnerable to kidney infections. Frequent intercourse or a new partner may also increase a woman’s risk, says Nicole Ali, MD, a nephrologist at NYU Langone. As the body fights the infection, red blood cells can end up in your urine, she says. Don’t miss these other warning signs your kidneys are in big trouble.

Urge to pee often

Toilet sign with gray background.amKanobi/ShutterstockThat initial bladder infection irritates the organ’s tissues and will probably send you to the bathroom more frequently—it’s one of the earliest kidney infection symptoms says Charles Modlin, MD, MBA, a urologist with Cleveland Clinic. “The bladder senses that irritation and wants to get rid of the irritation, so it contracts,” he says. When it tightens, you’ll feel like you need to pee, even if your bladder is near empty. The urge to pee is also one of these signs of an overactive bladder.

Problems emptying the bladder

bathroom tissue on anthracite tiled wallBjoern Wylezich/ShutterstockIn rare cases, problems peeing might be the cause of bladder and kidney infection symptoms rather than the symptom, says Dr. Ali. For men, an enlarged prostate can press against the bladder; for women, it could be the bladder dropping during menopause. Either condition can prevent the bladder from emptying completely; the leftover urine can collect bacteria, which leads to an infection. If you’ve had repeated urinary tract infections—especially men since they’re less likely to get UTIs—talk to your doctor about possible bladder issues. And keep an eye out for these common UTI symptoms.

Back pain

young man Feeling suffering Lower back pain Pain relief conceptone photo/ShutterstockAn infected kidney will swell and be tender; it can press up against the renal capsule that covers the kidneys, says Dr. Modlin. Because your kidneys sit closer to your back than to your belly, that sharp or dull pain would manifest in your lower back, says Dr. Ali. “We’ll give a little bit of a tap to the lower back, and if that hurts, then we suspect the infection has traveled to the kidneys,” she says.

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Pain when peeing

woman in bath towel sitting on toilet bowlaradaphotography/ShutterstockBecause a kidney infection is a type of UTI, you’ll have inflammation all the way down your urethra. The bacteria don’t just invade the lining of your bladder and kidneys, explains Dr. Modlin: They’ll infiltrate the tissue and nerve endings of your urinary tract, activating pain receptors in the area. When it’s time to pee—ouch.

Groin pain

Man with hands holding his crotch, he wants to pee - urinary incontinence conceptberkut/ShutterstockMen might feel the pain of a kidney infection deep in the groin. “When we’re in utero as embryos, our kidneys start lower in our body, and as the fetus grows, the kidneys ascend,” says Dr. Modlin. “They have that same nerve supply as some of the structures down in the groin.” You might think your testicles are the problem, for example, but if you have other UTI symptoms your doctor will test for a kidney infection.

Cloudy urine

hand with urine containerJopsStock/ShutterstockDuring a kidney infection, your pee might look cloudy. “Your body is sending white blood cells to fight the infection,” says Dr. Ali. “What you see in the urine is blood cells and bacteria building up.”

Foul smelling pee

Female gesture smells bad. Headshot woman pinches nose with fingers hands looks with disgust something stinks bad smell situation. Human face expression body language reactionWAYHOME studio/ShutterstockNoticing a stench when you urinate could be another one of the kidney infection symptoms you experience. “That’s the fermentation of the bacteria,” says Dr. Modlin. Don’t jump to conclusions if it’s your only symptom, though. Cloudy, strong-smelling urine can also be a sign of dehydration, he says, so see if drinking more water helps. Find out what else your urine reveals about your health.

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Pus in the urine

Doctor holding a bottle of urine sampleCsaba Deli/ShutterstockIn severe cases, you might see pus when you pee because of a buildup of white blood cells and bacteria, says Dr. Ali. “At the point where someone is seeing pus in the urine, they probably have a bad infection or abscess in the bladder,” says Dr. Ali.

Dizziness

Sad girl with headache. Young african-american woman feeling pain, lying on sofa at home, copy spaceProstock-studio/ShutterstockAn untreated kidney infection can spread to your bloodstream, wreaking havoc on your whole body. “That inflammation from the bacteria is causing your blood vessels to dilate, which makes the blood pressure drop and makes you dizzy,” says Dr. Ali. The shock to your body can be serious and require an IV in a hospital, says Dr. Moldin.

Fever

clinical thermometer in the left hand of a physician showing high feverHerrndorff/ShutterstockBladder infections don’t normally cause a fever, so running a temperature could indicate the infection has traveled up to the kidneys, says Dr. Modlin. As your body ramps up its immune response, your body temperature can climb. Learn which everyday mistakes could cause kidney problems.

15 Vitamin A Foods and How They Boost Your Health

How vitamin A boosts your health

Model of human anatomy.Panint Jhonlerkieat/ShutterstockVitamin A is the first vitamin in the nutrition alphabet for a reason: Getting enough vitamin A helps promote healthy eyes and vision, beautiful skin, reproductive health, and a strong immune system.

This antioxidant vitamin also supports the health of other organs such as your lungs, heart, and kidneys. Vitamin A could play a role in preventing cancer and macular degeneration—the leading cause of blindness in elderly people.

Watch that you’re not making these 12 common vitamin mistakes.

What happens if you don’t get enough

Sleepy brunette woman waking up and rubbing her eyes.PhotoMediaGroup/ShutterstockVitamin A deficiency is rare in the United States; it’s more of a concern in developing countries where people have less access to vitamin A-rich foods.

The symptoms of deficiency are vague, starting with fatigue. Perhaps the most common symptom is night blindness (chronic vitamin-A deficiency can lead to a complete loss of vision). Other symptoms include dry skin or rashes, itching, dry eyes, dry hair, broken nails, anemia, and a higher risk of infection.

Check out these signs that you might be running low on key vitamins.

How much do you need?

Fresh vegetables on a dark table. Autumn background. Healthy eating. Sliced pumpkin, zucchini, squash, bell peppers, carrots, onions, garlic, tomatoes, eggplant, corn cob, rucola and basil. Top viewits_al_dente/ShutterstockThe USDA’s My Plate recommends that adults eat at least 4 to 6 cups of red and orange vegetables and 1 1/2 to 2 cups of dark green vegetables every week. Part of the reason for that advice is to make sure you get enough beta-carotene (which your body turns into vitamin A) to be healthy.

Your daily requirements depend on your gender and age: Men over the age of 18 should try to get 900 micrograms (mcg) per day, and women over the age of 18 should aim for 700 mcg/day. Pregnant women need 770 mcg, and breastfeeding women should get 1300 mcg/day.

 

Can you get too much?

Young Woman Suffering From Stomach Pain Lying On Bed In BedroomAndrey_Popov/ShutterstockBecause vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, any that your body doesn’t use gets stored in your liver and fat cells—and it can easily build up and damage your liver if you take too much. Experts at the Institute of Medicine recommend staying below 3000 mcg of vitamin A a day—the kind from supplements and animal sources. Don’t worry about getting too much beta-carotene—the provitamin A you get from brightly-colored plant foods.

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The top 15

Restaurant and food theme: human hands show on a wooden background. Healthy food theme: hands holding knife and fork on a plate, top viewLesya89/ShutterstockReady to bring your A-game? Here are the foods that are the highest in vitamin A and beta-carotene to add them to your shopping list.

Grab a knife and fork and get ready to dive in!

Liver

Natasha Breen/Shutterstock2.5 oz serving: 22,175 IU (444% DV)

While it may be the least popular food on this list, liver is packed with vitamin A. After all, it’s the primary storage spot for this fat-soluble nutrient. Before you dismiss the idea of getting your vitamin A from liver, try some classic liver and onions or pate.

Sweet potato

AS Food studio/Shutterstock1 medium-sized, with skin: 28,058 IU (561% DV)

If you’re a fan of baked or roasted potatoes, work some sweet potatoes into your routine. Their bright orange color is a sign that they’re jam-packed with beta-carotene which your body converts into vitamin A. Adding fat increases your body’s absorption of beta-carotene, so you have this dietitian’s permission to serve your sweet potato with butter or olive oil. Studies show that all you need is 1 teaspoon to get the vitamin A-boosting benefits.

Pumpkin

whitelook/Shutterstock1/2 cup canned: 19,065 IU (381% DV)

Don’t wait for fall, pumpkin lovers: This bright orange squash is an excellent source of beta-carotene. Better yet, use plain canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) and add it to overnight oats, smoothies, and more. Here are some other health benefits of pumpkins, too.

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Carrot juice

Ravil Sayfullin/Shutterstock1/2 cup: 22,566 IU (451% DV)

Juice bars and Middle Eastern restaurants serve up fresh carrot juice by the glass all day long. That half cup serving delivers more than a day’s worth of vitamin A. Carrot juice is higher than carrots because it takes so many of carrots to make juice. The drawback? You’re missing out carrot’s healthy fiber. That’s why eating the whole veggie most of the time and juicing on occasion is a good idea.

And in case you wondered, here’s the truth about whether eating too many carrots can really turn you orange.

Eel

Lisovskaya Natalia/Shutterstock2.5 oz: 2,684 IU (54% DV)

Another vitamin A food that some people may find strange—but don’t knock it til you’ve tried it! The next time you go to a sushi bar, order some unagi, also known as barbequed freshwater eel. The texture is similar to white fish, and it’s absolutely delicious. Bonus: You’ll get your daily dose of vitamin A!

Carrots

Nattika/Shutterstock1/2 cup, cooked: 13,286 IU (266% DV)

You may have heard that raw vegetables are healthier than cooked—that’s not always true, especially with vitamin A. Half a cup of raw carrots provides 9,189 IU (184% DV).

Some of this is due to the shrinkage effect of cooking vegetables, which causes them to lose some water. Beyond that, the process of cooking carrots actually increases the amount of beta-carotene your body can absorb and the vitamin A your body can create. The result? Cooked carrots are actually higher in vitamin A than raw ones.

Just be sure to steam your carrots lightly so they’re still somewhat crisp rather than boiling them until they’re mushy like mom used to!

Butternut squash

ADfoto/Shutterstock1/2 cup, cooked: 11,434 IU (229% DV)

Winter in every bite, butternut squash goes beyond comfort food and gets you most of the way to your daily vitamin A goal. It’s perfect in the classic butternut squash soup, roasted with some olive oil as a side or base for a salad. You can even bake with your leftover butternut squash—try this Butternut Squash Biscotti and you’ll be hooked!

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Spinach

Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock1/2 cup cooked: 11,458 IU (229% DV)

Popeye was right: Spinach has the nutrients you need to be healthy and strong, and vitamin A is one of them. Just half a cup of steamed spinach gets you most of the vitamin A you need for the entire day.

Check out these 11 reasons you need to eat more spinach.

Swiss chard

Azdora/Shutterstock1/2 cup cooked: 5,358 IU (107% DV)

One of the hardiest leafy greens to grow, Swiss chard is as nutritious as it is delicious. Just half a cup of cooked Swiss chard gets you close to your daily goal. If you’re unfamiliar with cooking Swiss chard, just think of spinach but with a thicker stem. You can remove the stem or try dicing it and sauteeing for a delicious texture similar to celery. It’s perfect in this vegan Black Bean Power Bowl with Tahini Dressing.

Collard greens

Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock1/2 cup, cooked: 7,220 IU (144% DV)

All hail the greens! Collard greens are a Southern specialty that packs in the beta-carotene. They’re also one of the 13 superfoods every healthy woman needs in her diet.

Ice cream

M-Thanaphum/ShutterstockOne cup, vanilla soft-serve: 1,014 IU (20% DV)

Just in case you needed another reason to go out for ice cream (beyond the obvious deliciousness), blame it on your desire to get more vitamin A. One cup of vanilla soft serve ice cream has about 278 mcg of vitamin A. How sweet is that?

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Ricotta cheese

Marina Onokhina/Shutterstock1 cup: 945 IU (19% DV)

Ricotta cheese is a fantastic way to add more vitamin A to your diet. I love stirring it into pasta and use it to stuff a chicken or top roasted vegetables. Choose part-skim ricotta for fewer calories and less saturated fat.

Pickled herring

Radzitska Kateryna/Shutterstock3 oz: 731 IU (15% DV)

Pickled herring is a part of Czech, Polish, German, Baltic, Nordic and Jewish cuisines—and more. This delicacy offers a healthy dose of vitamin A along with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, eating oily fish is one of the weight loss secrets from around the world.

Milk

HandmadePictures/Shutterstock1 cup: 500 IU (10% DV)

You may know that milk is fortified with vitamin D, but did you know that producers also add vitamin A? Just one cup of milk has 149 mcg of vitamin A along with bone-building calcium.

Cantaloupe

Teri Virbickis/Shutterstock1/2 cup: 2,706 IU (54% DV)

The bright orange color of this delicious and refreshing fruit is a sure sign it’s high in vitamin A. The sweetness of the melon pairs perfectly with savory foods like cheese, meat, and nuts. Enjoy your cantaloupe with prosciutto or with cottage cheese for a gourmet snack.

Next, don’t miss these 50 best healthy eating tips of all time.

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