With the new Year upon us most people want to eat healthier. This means more fruits and vegetables in their diet. While we are eating more fruits and vegetables, we naturally want to give our furry friends a bite. In this Pet Talk we are going to give you some safe foods to feed your pet.
Apples: Yes, a piece a day will keep the vet away. Apples are a great snack for your dog. Be sure and cut into small pieces and just give a few. Do not give whole apples, because the core may become an obstruction and the seeds contain cyanide, which is toxic. It is best to feed them as treats. They are a great lower calorie snack for your pet especially if they are overweight.
Avocado: You should never allow your pet to eat avocados. They are toxic for canines. This fruit contains a toxin called persin, this can cause a mild upset stomach in some pets. The biggest concern is the pit. If the whole pit is eaten it can cause a major intestinal obstruction. If your pet eats a piece or two of avocado by accident, they are not likely to get sick.
Grapes: These are a big no-no for dogs. Eating grapes can lead to acute, and possibly fatal, kidney failure. They are listed by ASPCA poison control center as being number 3 on the list of top ten poisonings in dogs. The toxic principal of grapes is not known why grapes cause kidney failure. It is not limited to any certain breed or gender and can be present in dogs who consumed as little as 1.5 ounces. So, if you think your pet has consumed any grapes or raisins contact your veterinarian. NO grapes for fido.
Bananas: These are a wonderful alternative to salty treats. Bananas are high in sugar, so feed them in moderation. Once you find that your pet can tolerate bananas, don’t be afraid to freeze bananas, mash them or mix with non-xylitol containing peanut butter. Do no give the banana peel. They are not exactly toxic to pets but they can be difficult to digest, causing a stomach upset or a blockage.
Oranges: Oranges are safe for dogs. The fruit should be peeled before giving to Fido. The skin does not add any nutritional benefit. It is not easily digested and could cause an obstruction in your pet’s gut. Otherwise, it is a great low-calorie snack for your furry friend.
Potatoes: You can serve them baked, roasted, or scalloped. Potatoes are one staple food you and your pet can enjoy together. They are safe and provide many essential nutrients. Leave the skin on for extra nutrition. It is best to serve them cooked so your pet can easily chew and digest them. If you do feed them raw cut into small easily digestible chunks.
Broccoli: Is a wonderful choice for you and your pet to share. Just remember to cut into easily digestible pieces. Most dogs don’t chew their food well. They swallow it whole.
Strawberries: This luscious fruit is great for your dog. It is a healthy low-calorie treat that can help slow the aging process, strengthens the immune system and can help with weight management. Plus, it might even help whiten their teeth. Do not feed canned strawberries, the kind you would use in a pie, because they are so high in sugar. Be sure to cut into small pieces that can easily be digested and swallowed.
What to Eat: Your dog’s diet should be made up of 10-20 percent fruits and vegetables, while the bulk of their nutrition should come from high-protein, balanced sources. Your dog needs to eat a balanced diet, which includes a healthy meat base with healthy fats from a trusted food brand. If it seems like your pet is always hungry, you can use fruits and veggies as mix-ins or toppings for his favorite base dry kibble. Serve them foods high in protein for healthy skin, oat, and muscle strength.
Your veterinarian is your best source for information on proper nutrition for your pet. They receive education in veterinary school on animal nutrition and proper feeding of your pet.
If you have questions about feeding your pet, please contact Dr. Norette L Underwood of Trumann Animal Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org