Healthy Foods for Pets

Healthy Human Foods

Since dogs and cats should have no more than 10% of their calories from treats or snacks outside their main diet, vegetables and fruits can be a great way to provide low calorie and healthy options for your pet. Here are some healthy options with their calorie amounts.

 

Fruit Options

Apples: 1/2 cup chopped = 30 calories

Bananas: 1/4 cup banana = 34 calories

Cantaloupe: 1/2 cup, diced = 27 calories

Strawberries: 1/4 pint strawberries = 29 calories

Blueberries: 1/4 cup or about 25 berries = 20 calories

Watermelon: 2 melon balls = 10 calories

Honeydew melon: 2 melon balls = 10 calories

Vegetable Options

 

Carrots: 1/2 cup chopped or slices = 25 calories

Baby carrots: 1 baby carrot = 5 calories

Green beans: 1 cup of 1/2 inch pieces = 30 calories

Sweet red peppers: 1/2 cup chopped = 23 calories

Broccoli: 1 cup chopped or diced = 30 calories

Tomatoes: 1 cherry tomato = 3 calories

Green peas: 1/4 cup green peas = 30 calories

Zucchini: 1/4 cup slices = 7 calories

Celery stalks: 1 stalk = 7 calories

Cucumber: 1/2 cup slices = 8 calories

Asparagus: 1/4 cup or 3 spears = 10 calories

Low Fat Meat Options

Cooked ground turkey (99% fat free): 1/2 ounce (14 grams) serving = 15 calories

Baked chicken breast: 1/2 ounce (14 grams) serving = 14 calories

Harmful Human Foods

Many foods are very high in calories or salt, which your pet may not be able to tolerate. Other foods are simply utilized differently and can be toxic to pets. Here are foods that it’s better to avoid:

Toxic Foods for Pets

Macadamia nuts

Garlic

Onions/Chives

Grapes

Raisins

Chocolate

Xylitol (in most sugar-free gum and other products)

High Salt Foods to Avoid (if your pet has a heart condition or otherwise should have lower salt)

Deli meats

Cheeses

Most bread products

Potato chips

Fast food

Always check with your veterinarian to make sure you know what foods are ok for your specific pet, especially if they have any medical conditions. Happy Snacking!

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