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People Food for Your Pets

By Becky Streeter

Most of us have “don’t feed the dog from the table” rules that may or may not get broken from time to time. Others let Fluffy help with “pre-cleaning” dinner plates before putting them in the dishwasher. Anyway you cut it, our pets wind up ingesting a certain amount of people food during their lives. Some foods are okay, even good for pets to eat. Other human food can be very harmful. Here’s a list of the good and the bad for Fido and Garfield:

Good Foods:

Carrots, Asparagus, Blueberries, Watermelon, Strawberries, Peaches, Zucchini, Green bell peppers, Celery, Cucumber, Broccoli,

Bad Foods:

Grapes, Raisins, Garlic, Onion, Avocado, Chocolate

Any of the good foods above can be a great replacement for your pet’s normal treats. They can be especially helpful if your furry friend needs to go on a diet. They might avoid or spit them out at first, but eventually they will get hungry enough to try it, and might even come to love their new snacks.

Additionally, everything in moderation. Check with your vet to determine a safe amount of each food to feed your pet. Research the bad foods above to discover the toxicity levels for your specific-sized pet. If your pet has ingested a dangerous amount of any of the bad foods, contact your vet immediately.

Source: Linder, Dr. Deborah, DVM, DACVN. “The Best Vegetables for Dogs and Cats.” Eating Well. 26 December 2018.

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