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Pet Health Matters

“Bow Wow, What’s For Dinner?”
An apple a day might be good for Fido, but some fruits are deadly
Have you ever noticed that our pets frequently have a keen interest in what we’re eating? Often, that soft whining and whimpering leads us to share a bit of our table food with them. However, dogs and cats are not people with paws. So feeding them certain human foods can result in allergies, seizures, abdominal problems, and even death.
Although an occasional bite of certain fruits and vegetables won’t hurt our furry friends, other foods can be deadly.

GOOD FOODS (in moderation):

  • Apples (without seeds or core)
  • Blueberries or strawberries
  • Watermelon (without seeds)
  • Bananas (try frozen bites for summertime)
  • Green beans or carrots
  • Squash, such as zucchini
  • Lettuce or spinach (in minimal amounts)
  • Catnip or cat grass
  • Popcorn (no salt or butter)
  • Sweet potato or yams (without butter or seasoning).

Several local, health-conscious pet stores (check out Bones-n-Scones) sell pre-packaged human-like treats, such as dried yams or blueberries, in their pet treat sections.

BAD FOODS:

  • Grapes and raisins (can be toxic to dogs)
  • Garlic, onions, and chives (especially bad for cats)
  • Tomatoes (may pose risk of salmonella, depending on where they are grown)
  • Avocados
  • Mushrooms (particularly wild mushrooms)
  • Fruits with pits, such as peaches, cherries, and plums (in some cases the pit can be toxic or present a choking hazard)
  • Nuts (especially macadamia nuts, are toxic to pets)
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine (in any form)
  • Alcohol beverages
  • Milk (yes, really, it is difficult to digest)
  • Raw meat, eggs, and bones
  • Xylitol (an artificial sweetener that is not intended for animal consumption)

A good rule of thumb: “When in doubt, leave it out” of your pet’s diet!

For further information and healthy pet tips, visit: www.petmd.com, www.aspca.org, or www.moderndogmagazine.com.