Did Someone Say “Turkey”?

First of all, we want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. May your bellies be full of food and your hearts full of joy! Now the purpose of this blog today is to discuss the importance of keeping your pet on a healthy, well-balanced diet of their own. As tempting as it can be to feed little Fido a piece of cheese off the charcuterie board, (I mean, who doesn’t love table scraps?!) it is important to understand the dangers of certain “people” foods.

What is considered a “good” diet?

Purina, Iams, Hills Science Diet, and Royal Canin are all considered “good” foods. Ravioli and I sometimes help ourselves to the Hills display while the people are away. (Trust us, it’s yummy!) But, it is about more than just the flavor when you are debating which food to buy for your furry friend. Multiple factors play into your decision: cost, convenience, flavor, availability. However, many people don’t actually consider the nutritional value for your pet. When you go to the pet store and stand in the aisles, it can be overwhelming. THIS food advertises it’s the best and THAT food says its better. They’re both expensive brands and one is even grain free. It HAS to be good, right? Wrong. Although the ultimate goal is for your pet to be eating, stick to brands like Purina, Hills, Iams and Royal Canin. These foods are designed by veterinary dieticians so they provide a more balanced diet for your pet than other dog food brands. Many of these dog foods also go through feeding trials before they are ever released to the public. Second, grain free diets are NOT good for dogs. There are on-going studies possibly linking reports of heart conditions with several grain-free diets in dogs. Do your research and when in doubt, call your veterinary clinic for food recommendations designed specifically to fit your pets’ needs!

But Ravioli, I LOVE table scraps!

Bruschetta and I understand. People food is SO good! However, there are many foods that are simply not safe to feed your pet. Check out the list I’ve compiled below for people foods that are unsafe for pets! Reminder: These are not ALL of the foods that are safe or unsafe. Please consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns!

NOT SAFE

  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol
  • Grapes
  • Garlic
  • Alcohol
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Sugar
  • Dairy
  • Onions

USUALLY SAFE:

  • Cheese (small amounts in moderation is ok)
  • Eggs
  • Corn (not on the cob)
  • Fish
  • Peanut butter (just watch out for xylitol as an ingredient!)
  • Carrots
  • Blueberries
  • Watermelon (occasionally, without rind or seeds!)
  • Peas
  • Apples