Fruits and Veggies for Pets
Whether you're looking to slim down your pet's waistline or are just looking for healthy alternatives to commercial pet treats, we've got a great list for you! Did you know that many of the fruits and vegetables you eat can also be given as treats to your pet? Just cut up pea-sized pieces for a healthful, low-calorie snack.
Adding New Foods to Pet Diet
Introducing new foods into your pet's diet may cause upset stomach issues such as vomiting or diarrhea. Be cautious by introducing only one new fruit or vegetable at a time so that you can be aware of any health changes.
Be sure to wash all fruits and remove rinds, inedible skins, seeds, and pits before feeding to pets.
Steer clear of: Grapes and raisins can cause kidney damage for cats and dogs, so avoid feeding these entirely. Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and grapefruit as well as persimmons can cause upset stomach.
Consider steaming or boiling cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, as they are much easier to digest when they are cooked.
- Bell peppers (red, green, yellow)
- Green beans
- Sweet potato
Steer clear of: Never feed your pet onions or garlic as they are toxic in all forms: cooked, raw, and even onion powder. These cause damage to the red blood cells, ultimately causing them to burst. Rhubarb and wild mushrooms also contain toxins. We suggest avoiding corn as it is a common allergen among pets.