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People Foods That Are Safe for Dogs

If there’s one thing we can say for sure about Man’s Best Friend, it’s that he loves food. Few things will get that tail wagging faster than the thought of a yummy treat! Of course, Fido is also an expert at convincing us to share our food. While begging is bad petiquette, we understand that many people simply can’t resist those big sad eyes. If you do give in to your pet’s theatrics, be sure to only feed him safe foods. Below, a Happy Valley, OR vet lists some people foods that are safe for dogs.

Meats

We don’t have to tell you what Fido’s favorite food is: meat. Lamb, chicken, turkey, steak and beef are all fine. Many dogs love bacon and sausage, but don’t give your pet too much of these fatty foods. You also want to limit your pup’s consumption of liver; ham; processed meats; and organ meats, such as tripe. A bit here and there is fine, but too much isn’t good.

Fruits and Veggies

While meat should make up the bulk of Fido’s diet, many fruits and vegetables are safe for him. Some are even good for him! Carrots, celery, sweet potatoes, peas, string beans, pumpkin, squash, yams, and zucchini are all fine for pups. You can also give your pooch small amounts of cabbage, broccoli, and Brussel s sprouts, though you don’t want to overdo it with these foods, as they can cause gas. As for fruits, dogs can have bananas, melon, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries on occasion, though you’ll want to limit these sugary foods.

Fish

Many types of fish, including salmon, sardines, mackerel, and tuna are safe for Fido. Just be sure to remove the bones and skin before giving them to your canine pal. Fish oil is also fine.

Other

Some other things your pup can eat include rice, quinoa, cheese, eggs, and, of course, natural peanut butter.

Foods to Avoid

Many foods are toxic to dogs. Never give Fido chocolate; garlic, onions, and scallions; alcohol; nuts; raw meat, dough, or yeast; avocados; pitted fruits; grapes, raisins, and currants; or products containing xylitol. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations, and always research a new food before giving it to your pet.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Happy Valley, OR animal clinic, today!

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