Can My Pet Eat What I Eat?

Pet parents sometimes feed pets cheap foods (or what they can afford to buy.) Veterinarians near Frederick are often asked if pets can eat human food. Humans eat a well-balanced diet, so pets would be getting the same nutrition. Isn’t that a good thing?

Remember that cats and dogs are carnivores or meat eaters. While veggies make a great addition to your dogs meal, grains aren’t good for pets at all. Fats from meats make them obese. So, can pets eat dinner with you?

Which Human Foods Are Good To Feed Pets

Pets have eaten what humans couldn’t finish at dinner since time began. Commercially made pet foods were introduced in the 1930’s and pets suddenly had to adjust their digestive systems to a different kind of food.

However, sometimes pet foods, as well as human foods, are recalled due to toxins. Pet parents who want to make their pet’s food at home to avoid this should know what is and isn’t good for pets to eat:

Veggies

Always steam or boil the foods without spices or herbs. These are toxic to your pet. They can have broccoli, green beans, asparagus, celery, carrots, peas, winter squash, and greens. Add perhaps one quarter of a cup to the pet dinner.

Meats

Animals in the wild eat primarily meat so your pet can have one quarter cup of salmon, chicken, pork, and turkey. There are also companies that provide less traditional meat sources if your pet is unable to digest these.

Fruits and Dairy

Pets are allowed eggs, goat’s milk or cheese, and fermented Kefir or kefir cheese. Permissible fruits include bananas, cantaloupe, pumpkin, blueberries, and apples. Veterinarians near Frederick recommend cutting them into small, chewable pieces so they won’t get stuck in the pet’s throat.

If you’d prefer to make your pets’ food yourself, please contact Holistic Veterinary Healing to learn more about it at holvethealing@gmail.com.