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Best and Worst ‘People’ Food for Dogs and Cats

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Best and Worst ‘People’ Food for Dogs and Cats


By PetMD

Like buying candy for kids, we often think snacks that have been specially packaged for pets are the best treats in the world. Why would they want anything other than a tasty treat? But a lot of those packaged pet snacks and treats are the equivalent of candy. They are not a big deal, as long as you don’t do too much of it, since they are mostly devoid of nutritional value.

And just as we encourage kids to eat their veggies rather than another candy, we can also encourage a love for veggies in our pets. These low calorie, low fat, vitamin and mineral-packed “treats” are a great alternative to the packaged dog biscuits and kitty chews.


Which Vegetables Are Best and Which Vegetable Are Not Safe for Pets?

There are some plant foods that are toxic to pets, so you will want to be familiar with what to avoid and even prevent access to. If you are unsure, check with your veterinarian to make sure that your planned treats are not going to be harmful to your pet. Also keep in mind that while dogs are omnivorous and thus more open to trying different kinds of foods. Cats, on the other hand, are carnivorous. They are not just picky about what they eat — they are constitutionally incapable of digesting some types of foods.


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3:37PM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Great article Thanks.

3:52AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

Love involves smart sharing

5:12AM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

I have had cats for over 20 years and I just don't give people food to them anymore. They will swipe things once in a while though.....

8:07PM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

2:19AM PST on Nov 24, 2013

Thanks for this information.

12:21AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

And for anteaters?

10:48AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:42PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

I forgot.My dog had terrible gas -just horrible,when she was a puppy.No matter who 's lap she was on,you knew she had had done something as that happy smile turned into quickly putting her on the floor-all 5 pounds of her. Again,the solution to the problem was the food. I won't say which-because about 3 years ago,they were bought out by one of those huge companies and they changed the formula-and we changed to Blue.

10:20PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

My dog doesn't smell,or frankly,we wouldn't have one. She's small.She gets a bath every week.She gets her teeth brushed every week.A carrot chunk or two takes care of the breath. We have her anal glands expressed once a year at her annual exam. I've never noticed a smell.
Yeast,whatever that is comes from having too many carbs in the diet.She eats Blue Buffalo Wilderness. I've read that eating the Dog foods that list ground corn and processed meat as the first ingredients, will have too much sugar and carbs in them and too little good quality protein.That will actually turn the fur pinkish and and the sweetish smell was yeast. So if your dog is licking it's paws till they are raw and bleeding, buy better dog food. UGH! Mine doesn't smell. She sleeps on a white antique couch during the day and on my bed at night.

9:48PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

Tomatoes are in the nightshade family. Of course,now and then,my dog and cat both have a little spoon of chicken curry and there's a touch of onion and garlic and tomato in it.But a touch is not enough to make even a 7 lb dog sick.

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