So, you’ve been stuck at home with your pets but want to treat them to something yummy but different.
It may seem like whatever is safe for you to eat is also safe for your pet. But before you start handing over any dinner scraps, take a look at the list below of safe and healthy options you can share with your four-legged friends! If your pet happens to have food allergies, please consult with your vet before feeding.
HUMAN FOODS THAT ARE SAFE FOR PETS
- Green beans
- Peanut butter
FOODS YOU SHOULD NEVER FEED YOUR PET
- Macadamia nuts
- Grapes and raisins
- Yeast dough
- High sodium foods, like bacon (tempting, but NO)
- Foods containing Xylitol
- Soft drinks
- Chewing gum
Looking to start incorporating healthy foods that are already in your refrigerator or pantry?
Below are some tips to help you successfully transition from commercial pet food. If you’re unsure, ask your veterinarian to make sure all dietary needs for your pet are met.
1. Add new foods gradually
Our pets’ digestive systems don’t do well with sudden food changes, especially when changing from commercial pet food to human foods. Start by adding a little bit of bland, unseasoned chicken, meat, or vegetables in with your pet’s kibble. Gradually add a little more people food and a little less kibble each day.
2. Change it up
Don’t just feed your pet one kind of food, like only meat or chicken (humans don’t just want meat alone!) Incorporate grains and vegetables into the diet so they enjoy the benefits of a well-rounded, nutritionally rich diet.
3. (Don’t) chew the fat
It’s true that animals need fat to be healthy and strong, but too much fat is never a good thing and it may even cause your pet to experience an upset stomach. Things like fatty meats, chicken skin, butter, and other high-fat foods should stay out of your pet’s diet.
Still need help on what to feed your pets? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help!