Holiday Treats for Fido

Happy Holidays! If you like cooking, you may be spending quite a bit of time in the kitchen over the next few weeks. Your canine pal will definitely take notice as those yummy dishes start coming out of the oven! Just be sure to only give your dog safe, suitable snacks. Read on as a Greensboro, NC vet lists some treats that are safe for Fido.

Meat, Fish, Poultry

Cooked, plain meat, fish, or chicken, with the skin, bones, and fat removed, is a great treat for your dog. You can also give your pup some canned chicken or shredded deli meat. While bacon, sausage, pepperoni, and other fatty meats are safe to give Fido as a special treat, you definitely don’t want to go overboard with them.

Certain Fruits And Veggies

While not all produce is safe for Man’s Best Friend, some things are fine for him. In fact, certain fruits and veggies are actually good for dogs. Fido can have cooked pumpkin, sweet potato, green beans, peas, carrots, or spinach. As for fruits, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries are all fine.

Other Foods

In addition to the foods listed above, your pet can have a few other items. Peanut butter, for instance, is perfectly fine. And, while not all dairy products are safe, egg, cheese, and plain yogurt are all fine. Cooked white or brown rice is also safe.

Homemade Snacks

Why not make your pooch some yummy treats? This is also a great gift for Fido’s four-legged pals. There are lots of great recipes available online. Just be sure to stick with the ones that use only pet-safe ingredients. Some good options are plain yogurt; ripe bananas; sodium-free broth; cooked meat, fish, or poultry; bacon bits; cheese; egg; wheat germ oil; and whole-wheat flour.

Foods To Avoid

Never give Fido new food without knowing if it is safe for him. Some of the things you’ll want to avoid are garlic; onions; scallions; and chives; avocados; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; nuts; grapes; currants; and raisins; raw foods; meat on the bone; and products that contain xylitol. Keep in mind that it does not matter whether these foods are given alone or mixed up with other items. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.

Please contact us; your Greensboro, NC pet clinic, if ever we can be of assistance. We’re here to help!

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