Veterinarian - Melbourne
1029 Sarno Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
(321) 254-1754

GOOD “PEOPLE” FOOD FOR PETS

  • Steamed Green Vegetables – green beans, broccoli, peas, and even cauliflower, are a good source of fiber and minerals.  They must be cooked with NO sauces or heavy seasoning on them.
  • Steamed or Raw Carrots – these are a good source of beta carotene and most dogs really like the texture.
  • Cooked Fish – provides protein and vitamins for your dog. The fats in fish such as salmon, can be a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and is good for their skin and coat health.  Be sure that the fish is cooked thoroughly.  Raw fish can carry parasites that will make you dog sick.
  • Cooked Pumpkin – a good source of fiber and vitamin A.  This will keep their GI tract moving.  Be sure that the pumpkin is not raw.
  • Sliced Apples – a good crunchy treat for your dog that is also a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber.  But be aware that the core and seeds should NOT be eaten.
  • Yogurt – this is a friendly bacteria that helps with digestion.  Just be sure that it is unsweetened and fat free.
  • Cooked Chicken and turkey meat – make sure that it is boneless, skinless, and cooked.  Never give your dog chicken or turkey bones.  They can splinter and cause damage to your pet.

BAD “PEOPLE” Food – Never feed to your dog

  • Chocolate – the contents in chocolate can over-stimulate your pet’s central nervous system and can cause serious, even life threatening, health problems.
  • Tea and coffee – your dog is very sensitive to caffeine.  Keep your coffee beans and tea bags up and out of reach of your pet.
  • Onions and garlic – these can cause damage to the red blood cells, which can cause anemia and even death.
  • Milk – dogs are unable to digest and break up the enzymes in milk.  Giving it to them can cause gas, bloating, diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Grapes and raisins – just a small amount can cause severe damage in some dogs.  Large quantities can cause kidney failure and even death.
  • Salty food – can cause kidney disease and seizures in dogs.  Avoid foods such as deli meats, sausage, chicken and turkey skin, etc.
  • Sweets – your dog may have a sweet tooth, but don’t give in to him/her.  There are no nutritional benefits to your pet and they can cause diabetes.
  • Xylitol – this is an artificial sweetener that is in sugar-free gum, breath mints and some candies and baked goods.  This can cause hypoglycemia (a sudden release of insulin).  This can cause shock and even liver failure.

BE SURE ALL OF THESE FOODS ARE KEPT UP AND OUT OF REACH OF YOUR PET AT ALL TIMES.