What Can my Pet Eat?

November 25th, 2019

We all know the face we get from our pet when there is food around, especially dogs. It’s a face that wants to try exactly what we’re having and sometimes irresistible when they give you the puppy dog eyes. However, do you really know what human foods you can feed your dog or cat? We will take you through what is appropriate to share with your four-legged friends.

What can I feed my dog?

  • Bread in small amounts is fine (no spices or raisins)
  • Cashews can be a great treat, however only feed them a few at a time
  • Cheese is fine, as long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant
  • Eggs are fine for dogs as long as they’re fully cooked all the way through
  • Fish is a great source of protein but should never be served to dogs raw or under cooked
  • Honey, in small quantities is safe for dogs to eat and can have a number of health benefits
  • Peanut butter is a great treat and contains healthy fats for your dog
  • Watermelon i shigh in water content and good sources of vitamin A,C and B-6. Make sure to remove all seeds and rind before giving your pooch watermelon
  • Prawns are fine to feed to your dog, however, the shell, tail and head should all be removed and the prawn needs to be fully cooked

What can’t I feed my dog?

  • Almonds can block the oesophagus or tear the windpipe if not chewed properly
  • Chocolate is extremely toxic to dogs!
  • Avocado contains persin which is highly toxic for dogs and can cause serious health problems
  • Cinnamon can irritate the dog’s mouth and make them uncomfortable and sick, or potentially lower their blood sugar and lead to a number of problems
  • Garlic and onions are extremely toxic and can cause serious health problems in your dog
  • Macadamia nuts are some of the most toxic foods dogs can eat
  • Coffee or caffeinated products should never be fed to your pup
  • Grapes and raisins can be fatal in even small amounts
  • Xylitol is highly toxic to dogs and can cause liver failure and low blood sugar levels

What can I feed my cat?

  • Salmon is a great source of protein and omega 3, although it should only be served to cats cooked
  • Spinach is packed with vitamins and minerals which can be a healthy treat for cats
  • Eggs are fine for cats, although should be cooked to avoid any food borne diseases
  • Cantaloupe maintains healthy skin and eye health in cats
  • Cooked chicken is a great source of lean protein and tasty treat for your cat
  • Bananas are high in potassium and soluble fiber making them a great treat for cats
  • Pumpkin is low in calories and high in fiber and is safe and healthy for cats as an occasional treat

What can’t I feed my cat?

  • Chocolate is very toxic to cats as well and can cause muscle tremors and seizures
  • Anything caffeinated can have serious effects on cats
  • Fat trimmings can cause a number of health problems including pancreatitis
  • Onions and garlic, when eaten in large amounts, can cause serious harm to your cat
  • Raw meat and fish can contain bacteria that could lead to food poisoning
  • Small bones can splinters and cause problems to your cats mouth and digestive tract

If you are unsure of what foods your pet can or can’t eat, consult your vet to make sure that what you’re feeding your cat or dog will not cause them harm.

The opinions expressed here are the personal opinions of the writer. Content published here does not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Petcover.

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