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Healthy Snack Choices For Pets

Many pet owners like to show their pets love and affection with lots of treats. While it’s fun to reward our pets and watch them enjoy a tasty snack, it isn’t always good for their waistlines.

But wait, there is good news! Just like for humans, fruits and veggies can make great, healthy snacks for our pets. Cut up fruits and veggies into dime-sized pieces for a handful of low-calorie snacks that will last all day!

When introducing a new food into your pet’s diet, be sure to do it gradually (pick just one fruit or vegetable at a time) so that you can note any health changes such as potential vomiting or diarrhea.

Fruits: Most fruits make great snacks for your pet! Just be sure to wash them and remove pits and seeds before feeding to your pet.

  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pineapple
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Apricot
  • Mango
  • Pear
  • Raspberries

Fruits to avoid: Citrus fruits (such as grapefruit, limes, lemons) as well as persimmons can upset your pet’s stomach. Grapes and raisins are particularly harmful as they can cause kidney damage.

Vegetables: Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower can be more difficult to digest so they should be served cooked. Try steaming or boiling these veggies for a healthy snack.

  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Green beans
  • Cucumber
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Pumpkin

Veggies to avoid: Steer clear of corn as it is a common allergen among pets. You should never feed your pets onions or garlic as they cause damage to your fur pal’s red blood cells. Onions cooked or raw, and even onion powder are toxic even in small amounts. Wild mushrooms contain toxins and should be avoided, as well as rhubarb.

What are your pet’s favorite fruits and veggies?

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