Dogs, and even some cats, can put on quite the sad face begging for table scraps. It's important to know when it's OK to give into the whimpers and meows and when to stand firm. A high-quality pet food will provide all the nutrients your cat or dog needs, however, an occasional snack of human food can be a rewarding and even healthy treat. For more information on people food and your pets, follow these tips from your Gardner veterinarian, Oakbrook Animal Hospital.
Safe People Food for Pets
Many of the foods in your diet can provide kitty or doggy with a nutritious snack. Limit these choices to no more than 10 percent of the animal's diet, and introduce new foods slowly. Whole grains and cooked lean meats are rich in vitamins and minerals. Always cut meat into bite sizes and avoid anything fatty, including tasty bacon. Cold deli meat is also a safe people food for pets, as long as it nitrate-free. Raw or uncooked vegetables and most fruits are good, too. The exception is citrus, which can cause upset stomachs in pets. Many dogs enjoy apples, just be sure to remove the seeds. If your dog loves peanut butter, ensure it is unsalted and does not contain xylitol. For felines, seafood is fine, as long as it's cooked.
Unsafe Human Food for Pets
Chocolate and anything containing caffeine is potentially deadly and can cause serious stomach problems, panting, heart problems, tremors, seizures, and more. Grapes and raisins are also unsafe human foods for pets because they can cause kidney failure. Nuts and avocados may be healthy for humans, but they can cause stomach problems in cats and dogs. Avoid feeding your pet any people foods made with milk, onions, or garlic, as well. Alcohol is never safe.
Contact Your Veterinarian in Gardner
Diet is vital component of a healthy lifestyle. We offer nutritional counseling based on your pet's age, breed, and health history. For more information on pet food choices or to schedule an appointment, contact your veterinarian in Gardner, Oakbrook Animal Hospital, at 913-884-8778.