Nov 01 2015

National Cook for Your Pets Day | Winslow Animal Hospital Dog & Cat

Cook for Your Pets Day

November first is National Cook for Your Pets Day!! This day was started to encourage people to think about pet nutrition and to bond with our Furry-Friends over a special treat.

Remember that pets’ nutritional needs are different than ours, and some foods that are totally fine for us are downright toxic for certain animals! Cats are often more picky about what they eat than dogs, and they need to have most of their nutrition from high protein sources, such as chicken or fish. Note: cats need far more protein than dogs or humans. Cooking for a cat should mostly be meats such as chicken, turkey, etc.¬†

While it’s ok to make a special treat for your pet, be careful about the amount of a new food you give to your pet. Always introduce new foods gradually to be sure your pet’s digestive system will tolerate it. Talk to your veterinarian before making any major changes to your pet’s diet.

German shepherd stealing from table | iStock.com/pyotr021

These are some options that might be helpful in cooking for dogs:

Beef – Either ground or cut into small strips
Turkey
Chicken
Lamb
Fish – in moderation
Carrots
Green beans
Spinach
Peas
Celery
Cucumbers
Pumpkin

Do NOT include any of these:

Chocolate
Onions
Raisins
Avocados
Grapes
Walnuts and Macadamia nuts
Coffee
Alcohol
Spices, such a cayenne, curry or paprika
Raw yeast dough

LifeLearn Admin | Pet Health, Tips, What's New at Winslow Animal Hospital!

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