Do you ever get tempted to share your dinner with your four-legged friend? Although there are certain “people foods” that are unhealthy or even dangerous to pets, including chocolate and grapes, there are others that are safe and beneficial for them. Consider this list of five table foods that are good for dogs and cats, and contact Broward Animal Hospital, Inc. if you have any questions.
Apples are a great source of fiber and vitamins A and C for your pet and make a great snack. Just be sure to chop the apple in small pieces before giving them to your pet, and make sure there aren’t any seeds in the pieces. While the flesh and skin of the apple are harmless, the seeds contain cyanide, which can harm your pet.
This should come as no surprise, since the ingredient in many pet foods is oats. Oatmeal is a great source of soluble fiber for dogs and cats. Just make sure the oatmeal is cooked first and free of any sugar or other flavoring. Avoid the packaged oatmeal, which often contain added ingredients that can be harmful to pets.
Eggs are known to be rich in digestible protein as well as riboflavin. Just as it does for humans, protein can help strengthen your pet’s hair, build muscle, and repair tissue. The best way to serve eggs to your pet as a treat is hardboiled, cut in two or more pieces. And don’t forget to remove the shell!
Salmon is an ingredient that’s common in many pet foods, due to its nutritional value. This fatty fish is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which support the immune system and can be beneficial for skin and coat health. Some studies show that it can even help dogs with allergies. And just as with oatmeal and eggs, make sure the salmon is well cooked before feeding it to your pet.
Cooked Chicken and Turkey
Also part of the poultry family, chicken and turkey are high in protein, making them another healthy food for both dogs and cats. Just be sure the meat is well cooked and free from any skin, bones, or gravy before giving it to your pet to enjoy.
Always consult a veterinarian before altering your pet’s diet. Broward Animal Hospital, Inc.’s Dr. Bishop would be happy to answer any questions you have. Just give us a call at 954-925-2467.