It’s tempting to sneak your pup some table scraps from time to time but knowing which people food is safe for your pet to eat is essential to keeping them healthy. Do you know which human foods are also safe treats for your pet to enjoy? Let’s take a look:
Your pet might not jump up and down with excitement over a stray broccoli floret, but small amounts of fruits and vegetables rank among some of the best types of people snacks for your pet. Experiment to find what your pet enjoys most and be sure to thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables first. By offering fresh produce as occasional cat or dog treats, you're providing a healthy addition to your pet's diet, rather than simply filling him up with less nutritious snacks.
Some safe snack ideas to try:
While most types of meat are generally recognized as safe for pets in small amounts, bear in mind a couple of important criteria: you'll want to ensure that the portions are small and free of bones that can pose a dangerous choking hazard and you'll also want to be sure that your meat doesn't contain onion or garlic. Avoid raw, spicy and fatty meats and resist feeding the skin to your pet, as it is high in fat. Salmon is a great source of omega 3 fatty acid, which can be beneficial to your pet's skin and coat.
Rice and pasta are pet-friendly favorites, but, again, watch the ingredients and opt for plain versions that don't include ingredients that could be toxic to your pet. Cooked oatmeal is a great form of soluble fiber that can be especially helpful for older dogs or dogs with a wheat allergy.
As long as your pet isn't lactose intolerant, most cheeses are okay to feed your pet in small amounts. Yogurt that contains active bacteria, with no artificial sweeteners or added sugars, is high in calcium and protein. And of course, plain nut butters can be options as well, but feed them sparingly as nuts are high in calories and oil. Other treat ideas include:
Some people foods can be harmful, or even deadly, to your dog or cat. These include:
It is best for your pet to eat foods and treats formulated specifically for their nutritional needs. However, if you indulge your dog or cat in a human-food treat, remember the rule that table scraps and healthy treats should make up less than 10% of their total diet.