Healthy Treats for Dogs and Cats

Healthy Treats for Dogs and CatsWe are often asked about the best treats for our patients. Treats can be a great way to reward your pets, but it’s important to choose healthy options and avoid those that can be harmful. By being mindful of the treats you give your pets, you can help keep them healthy and happy. If you’re ever unsure about whether a specific treat is safe for your pet, don’t hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian for guidance. A healthy diet is the foundation of a long and happy life for your precious companions!

Healthy Treats for Cats and Dogs

When it comes to healthy treats for cats and dogs, there are several options that are considered healthy for most healthy pets. Some examples of positive protein treats for both cats and dogs include:

  • Bonito flakes (freeze-dried fish) or freeze dried chicken
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cooked Eggs
  • Bone Broth popsicles
  • Lean, cooked, and unseasoned meats such as chicken, lamb, beef, and turkey

Starches that can be given as treats for dogs in moderation include:

  • Popcorn (plain/unbuttered)
  • Potato especially Sweet Potatoes
  • Pumpkin Puree (frozen for longer lasting enjoyment)
  • Plain White Rice

Additionally, some fresh fruits and vegetables can make healthy treats for pets, such as:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Green beans (cooked)

Treats to Avoid

While many human foods are safe for pets, some can be toxic and should be avoided. For example:

  • Foods with Xylitol or Birch sugar -found in some baked goods, nut butters, ketchup/sauces, etc.
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Raw meat
  • Cooked Bones
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Onions and garlic

Remember, treats should be given in moderation and should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s daily caloric intake.

Consult Safe Haven Veterinary Hospital before introducing new foods to your pet’s diet, especially if your pet has any underlying health conditions or dietary restrictions.

*Please note that the information provided here is based on general guidelines and may not be suitable for all pets. Always consult with your veterinarian for personalized advice based on your pet’s specific needs and health status.

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