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Healthy Snacks You Can Make For Your Pet

Healthy Snacks You Can Make For Your Pet

Healthy eating is a top priority to many American families – and that includes making sure that their furry family members are eating right, too! Believe it or not, depending on the type of pet food you feed your animal companion, there are foods that may still be missing from your pet’s diet. A majority of people do not realize that both dogs and cats actually do need fruits and vegetables to make up ten percent of their daily diet, in order to be able to enjoy a healthy life.

Healthy Fruits for Dogs:

  1. Apples
  2. Oranges
  3. Cantaloupes
  4. Watermelon
  5. Blueberries
  6. Peaches

Healthy Vegetables for Dogs:

  1. Green Beams
  2. Carrots
  3. Pumpkin
  4. Squash
  5. Broccoli
  6. Sweet Potatoes
  7. Asparagus
  8. Brussel Sprouts
  9. Lettuce/Spinach/Kale

Healthy Fruits for Cats:

  1. Bananas
  2. Watermelon
  3. Apples (but be careful to remove the stem and the seeds)
  4. Melons
  5. Honeydew melon
  6. Plums
  7. Pears

Healthy Vegetables for Cats:

  1. Carrots
  2. Asparagus
  3. Broccoli
  4. Green Beans
  5. Winter Squash

Healthy Homemade Dog Snacks

  1. Healthy Pumpkin Balls
  2. Apple Crunch Pupcakes
  3. Dehydrated Chicken
  4. Homemade Chicken Jerky Strips

Healthy Homemade Cat Snacks

  1. Cheesy Cat Treats
  2. Human Baby Food
  3. Organic Spinach and Chicken Treats
  4. Tuna Cat Treats
  5. Liver Cat Treats

Salmon and eggs are also good choices for both dogs and cats; salmon has Omega-3 fatty acids and eggs have protein, riboflavin, and selenium. Various types of fruits and vegetables for your cat or dog offer protein, vitamins, fiber, and carbohydrates, as well as many other important nutrients.

Don’t forget, though, that there are also fruits and vegetables that are harmful to your pets. Onions, garlic, grapes, raspberries, nuts and raisins are a few of the foods that are not good for your dog, as they cannot be digested properly. Garlic, grapes, raisins, chives, avocados, onions, lemons, limes, pineapples, and oranges are some of the foods that are not digestible to cats. Chocolate and milk are usually bad for both cats and dogs. Also, despite the common stereotype, cats should not drink milk. In fact, they are usually lactose-intolerant; however an occasional slice of cheese for a cat is enjoyable. You can also add cinnamon (in moderation) to your dog’s food as well. Cinnamon is a natural remedy for flatulence and helps increase your dog’s energy, brain function, and digestive efficiency.

A lot of the generic dog and cat food brands that are sold in various stores actually contain harmful chemicals and toxins that can hurt your pet. It is best to purchase higher quality food which has no preservatives – and maybe even splurge on the organic or natural choice. Although higher quality pet food may be more expensive, it is worth it because it can give your pet a longer, healthier life.

If you have any recipes for healthy snacks that your furry friend enjoys, share them with us in the comment section below!

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