Today is Cook For Your Pets Day! As you may know, here at Westside Pet Hospital we are very invested in holistic pet care. Holistic pet care offers some wonderful benefits: it’s safe, gentle, and effective, and works very well in conjunction with modern Western veterinary medicine. Given that holistic means to care for the whole body, mind, and soul, it’s probably no surprise to find that nutritional healing is something many people with a holistic mindset embrace, both for themselves and their pets. Giving your pet home-cooked food with whole, healthy ingredients is a great way to keep them happy and healthy, while limiting their ingestion of things like fillers, preservatives, and dyes. A Bend, OR vet offers some tips on cooking for your furry bff below.
Every pet has their own list of safe and unsafe foods. For cats and dogs, generally, plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry is fine, though you’ll need to remove the skin, bones, and fat. Fido and Fluffy can also have certain fruits and veggies, such as blueberries, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, and kale. For smaller pets, do some research and ask your vet for recommendations.
This is where cooking for pets can get a bit tricky. You’ll find dozens, if not hundreds, of pet food recipes online. However, a great review doesn’t mean that a recipe is safe or suitable for your pet. Our four-legged friends all have specific needs. One doggy dinner recipe may be perfect for a puppy, but wouldn’t be appropriate for a senior dog. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Keep in mind that many of the things that are safe–and even healthy–for us are actually toxic to our animal companions. As mentioned above, different pets have different safe and unsafe foods. However, there are a few things that should generally always be considered unsafe. That list includes chocolate, avocado, caffeine, raw dough or yeast, alcohol, pitted fruits, garlic and onions, and anything that contains xylitol or a lot of salt, sugar, or fat. For dogs and cats, grapes, currants, and raisins are also unsafe, as is meat on the bone. Always err on the side of caution here. Don’t give your pet anything without checking to make sure that it’s safe.
As your Bend, OR pet hospital, we’re here to help! Please feel free to contact us anytime!