Do you find those big eyes and soft paw resting on your knee hard to resist at dinner time? Although there are certain table foods that are known to be unhealthy or even toxic to pets (chocolate, raisins, etc.), there are other foods that are good for them. Consider this list of five “people foods” that are good for dogs and cats, and contact Heritage Animal Hospital in Creve Couer, MO, if you have any questions.
Salmon is an ingredient that’s common in many pet foods, due to its nutritional value. This fatty fish is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which support the immune system and can be beneficial for skin and coat health. Some studies show that it can even help dogs with allergies. Just make sure the salmon is well cooked before feeding it to your pet.
Green beans and many other legumes provide the same health benefits to pets that they do for people. Green beans are a great source of vitamin C and plant fiber and serve as an effective weight-loss food for pets because they’re filling but low in calories. Although not all pets like the taste of green beans, many that do like them frozen.
This crunchy, sweet fruit is a great source of fiber and vitamins A and C for your pet and can make a great snack. Just be sure to chop the apple in small pieces before giving it to your pet, and base the amount you give on your pet’s size. For example, if you have a Chihuahua or other small breed, you wouldn’t want to feed them the entire apple in one serving. Also make sure there aren’t any seeds in the pieces, since apple seeds contain cyanide, which can harm your pet.
Carrots are known to be low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins, making them a healthy snack for a pet. They can also be beneficial for a pet’s teeth, due to their crunchy nature. Just as with apples, always chop the carrot in small pieces before giving them to your pet, and limit the quantity you give them.
Apples aren’t the only fruit that your pet can enjoy. Blueberries are also on the list of safe “people foods” that a pet can eat. Blueberries are high in antioxidants, which help strengthen your pet’s immune system. They’re also high in fiber, so they’ll keep your pet full without a lot of calories.
Always consult a veterinarian before altering your pet’s diet. Heritage Veterinary Hospital’s doctors would be would be happy to answer any questions you have. Just give us a call at 314-878-8454 to schedule a consultation.