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?

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

7 Responses to Healthy Snack Choices For Pets

  1. Ruth David says:

    can these fruits and veg, be made for cats?

  2. Ashley says:

    My two dogs love when I eat edamame in the shell (soya beans). I get the bean and they get to eat the shells. Recyling at it’s finest.lol.

  3. Marianne says:

    Fritzi doesn’t like fruit, but is now eating raw or cooked carrots, broccoli, yams, and spinach. But only after he sees me eat some. Typical boy dog, he is suspicious of anything that may be good for him.

  4. Alice says:

    My two older dogs, doxy and chihuahua, have been eating raw carrots for a long time. We just rescued a mixed breed and she wouldn’t eat them for about 2 days. When she realized the others were eating them she tried them and now also cant get enough.

  5. Mary says:

    Casey loves blueberries, bananas and sweet potatoes. In the summer, cool chunks of watermelon keep him happy and hydrated. But his favorite summertime treat is a mango on a stick shared as we walk through the Fremont Sunday Market on a sunny afternoon.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/marywit/6021425579/

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