Last week I talked about human foods that may be bad for pets. But as we all know, there are many great foods out there that are just fine to feed to our pets! Here are some of the good ones:
- Apples – Pets can indulge in the fruit and peel, but avoid feeding them seeds.
- Yogurt – Natural yogurt with live active bacteria is a tasty treat for our pets but it’s best to stay away from yogurts with artificial colors and sweeteners.
- Bananas – Bananas are a great ingredient to add when baking dog treats, or as a plain snack.
- Carrots – Carrots are a healthy and tasty snack for pets.
- Green beans - These are a great source of fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. Your dog may also enjoy them frozen!
- Sweet potatoes – These are also a good source of fiber and manganese, as well as vitamin B6, vitamin C, and beta carotene.
- Peanut butter – This is a favorite among pets and is a great way to hide medications or keep them busy by stuffing peanut butter inside a toy. The peanut butter container itself makes a great pass-time for dogs when it’s almost empty!
- Cooked rice – Rice makes a great bland meal substitute when your pet has an upset or sensitive stomach.
- Oatmeal – Oatmeal is a great source of fiber for pets. Just be sure to only feed plain cooked oatmeal and avoid oatmeal with sugar and flavorings.
- Pumpkin – This is a great treat with fiber that also helps with an upset tummy. Just be sure to stick to 100% pumpkin and stay away from pumpkin pie filling which contains extra sweeteners and sodium.
Any time you change your pet’s diet, it’s wise to consult your veterinarian. And as with any treat or food, be sure to only feed them in moderation!