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Which Foods are Good and Bad for Your Pets?

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When it comes to feeding our pets, we want them to be happy and healthy. The best way to do this is to stay away from human food and stick to traditional healthy pet food. But, we all know everyone likes to treat their pets to some human food and that is ok. It is important that you know the difference between good and bad food. Only offer small amounts (5% – 10% of their normal diet). Here is a guide for what foods are good and bad for your pets: 

Dogs

Dogs require high amounts of protein (chicken, beef, lamb, duck, etc.) Check the ingredients on your dog’s food, the protein source should be the first thing listed.Avoid byproducts. If any other ingredient is listed before meat, you are not dealing with an acceptable dog food.

Good:

  • pasta that’s plain and cooked. No more than 5% to 10% of her diet. The rest should be dog food, which supplies the nutrients she needs.
  • Cooked Chicken, turkey, lean ground beef, and chuck steak. Remove fat and cut into small pieces and never serve raw! Serve plain. Do not add seasonings!
  • Seedless Watermelon,
  • Plain Sunflower seeds (avoid salt or any other flavorings)
  • Vegetables, except avocado
  • Bananas or apples (without the seeds), chunks of cantaloupe, and blueberries

When shopping for pet food, stick to organic foods: “Lucky Dog Cuisine” and “The Honest Kitchen” are great brands that your dogs and cats will love.

Bad:

  • Grapes and raisins
  • Onions, Onion Powder, Garlic, Chives
  • Chocolate (all forms)
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Yeast Dough
  • Tea and Coffee (all components)
  • colas, energy drinks, pain killers and diet pills.
  • Avocados (also toxic to birds, mice, rabbits, horses, cattle, and dairy goats)
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Hops
  • Milk and dairy (dogs & cats)
  • Bones: real bones can splinter and cause your dog to choke. Use nylon-based or pressed rawhide bones for these purposes.
  • Candies, gum, sugar-free cookies,
  • Raw meat
  • Eggs
  • Salt and Salty Snack Foods
  • Sautéed meat.
  • beer, wine or liquor
  • Coconut and Coconut Oil
  • Candies, gum, most diet products such as sugar-free cookies, and even certain types of toothpaste
  • Yeast Dough

Cats

Cats should not be given any human food and should only be fed traditional cat food. There are a few types of human food you can give to your cats. Remember to give in very small portions and treat it as a treat, not a meal.

Good:

  • Cooked poultry (no seasoning)
  • Scrambled Eggs (give a very small amount to see if their stomachs could handle it) Avoid raw eggs
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Seedless Watermelon

Bad:

  • Milk and Dairy
  • Raw eggs & meat
  • Avocados
  • Same as dog

It is best to avoid giving human food at all to your pets. It is not worth the risk if you are not 100% sure. Stick to pet foods and pet treats.

Tip: Automatic feeders make great tools for feeding your pets. If you are a busy person, it is a convenient way to feed your pets and not have to worry about if they have been fed.

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Julie

Why can’t my dog eat eggs?