Let’s Talk About Food!

Tips: Sharing Food with PetsFood is one of our favorite things that we like to share with furry friends.  In recent months I have reviewed several articles about good foods and bad foods to be sharing with our furry friends.

This is an easy reference list to refer to when considering sharing our favorite foods with our furry family members.

Safe Foods

Apples: Without seeds or cores (apple seeds are toxic to our furry friends)
Frozen Bananas
Watermelon: Without seeds
Green Beans
Carrots: raw or cooked
Sweet Potatoes: Cooked, cubed or mashed – without butter or seasoning
Red Peppers
Popcorn: Plain*No salt or butter*
Lean Meats: Remove all visible fat, cook well, remove any bones
White/Brown rice and Pasta: Lean fully cooked meats and veggies can be added. This can sometimes help with tummy issues.
Catnip or Cat grass

Unsafe Foods

Grapes & Raisins: Contains chemical compounds that are toxic to dogs
Garlic & Onions: Contains chemical compounds that are toxic to dogs and cats it could be life threatening!
Avocados skins and pits
Mushrooms: Especially wild mushrooms
Fruits with pits: Examples- peaches, cherries and plums. In some cases, it is the pit that is toxic or can present a choking hazard.
Nuts: Macadamia nuts are especially toxic.
Xylitol: Can be found in some peanut butter and baked goods
Chocolate and Caffeine of any kind: Both are toxic to dogs and cats
Milk and Dairy Products: These products are not toxic to your dog, but can cause digestive issues.
Fat trimmings and Bones: Both cooked and uncooked can cause pancreatitis in dogs.

With many healthy food options available for our furry friends, we as pet parents can help improve our furry friend’s health. The healthy food options can help manage your fur baby’s weight along with daily exercise. The safe food options listed are meant to be treats and not meal replacements. If you would like to switch over to a more organic diet, please consult your veterinarian.

When adding or changing your fur baby’s diet you should watch for any digestive or behavioral changes. If either of these changes are to occur stop feeding the new food. If the problems do not resolve you should seek veterinarian advice.