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Safe And Unsafe Foods For Puppies

August 15, 2023

Have you recently adopted a puppy? Little Fido is bound to bring lots of joy into your life. However, you’ll need to be extra careful about making sure that you only offer him safe foods and treats. Puppies will eat anything and everything! A Clarkesville, GA vet lists some safe and unsafe foods below.

Meats

Little Fido can have most types of cooked, boneless meat. However, you should limit organ meat. Too much liver, for instance, can cause Vitamin A toxicity. Certain meats, such as ham, bacon, sausage, and pepperoni should also only be offered occasionally, as they are very high in salt.

Fish

Fish is packed with protein, healthy fats, and amino acids. Salmon is often listed as one of the healthiest things you can offer your pooch. As with meat and poultry, fish should be cooked and boneless. Don’t go too crazy with canned tuna, as it may contain mercury and a lot of salt. 

Dairy

Fido is pretty enthusiastic about cheese, and who can blame him? We love it, too! It is high in fat, though, so limit your pet’s intake. Puppies can also have plain cooked eggs and/or plain yogurt. Avoid yogurts with a lot of sugar, as well as those that may be flavored with things like nuts or chocolate.

Fruits And Veggies 

Many types of produce are safe for Fido. Some good options include peas, carrots, string beans, bananas, pumpkin, and sweet potato. There are some caveats, though. Some things, such as potato, should only be fed cooked, while others, such as spinach and broccoli, should only be offered in small amounts.

Unsafe Foods

Grapes, raisins, and currants are among the most dangerous foods. Even eating one can cause some pets to go into organ failure! You’ll also need to be careful with seeds and pips. Many fruits, such as apples, cherries, and apricots, are only safe after all seeds and pips have been removed. Other unsafe foods include alcohol, avocado, coffee, macadamia nuts, and meat on the bone, and raw dough or yeast. Garlic, onion, scallions, and chives are dangerous as well. 

Tips

Always research new foods before offering them to little Fido. Ask your vet for specific advice on your pet’s diet, including treats, portion sizes, and acceptable foods.

Do you have questions about your puppy’s diet? Contact us, your Clarkesville, GA pet hospital, today !

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