Raising Healthy Pets in a Humane Way

Food safety is a crucial component in raising a healthy pet. Dogs are more commonly known for consuming human food products. Let's face it, it's hard to resist those puppy eyes! It's definitely alright to treat your dog once in a while with a bit of human food!

Even if a human food is safe for dog consumption, it's best to feed in small quantities. The key is moderation and education.

If you are unsure of feeding something to your pet or if you suspect your pet has eaten something toxic, contact your veterinarian immediately!

At North Cascade Veterinary Hospital, we recommend that you should not refer the sources on the Internet as a means to diagnose your dog. Maintain your pet's optimal health with our preventative care services.
Dog eating Food

Safe Foods for Your Pet

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Apricots (caution with pit)
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados (caution with pit)
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cinnamon
  • Corn (no cobs)
  • Cranberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Dates
  • Green beans
  • Hazelnuts (caution with shell)
  • Lemons (caution with rind)
  • Olives (caution with pit)
  • Oranges (caution with peel)
  • Pears (caution with core)
  • Plums (caution with pit)
  • Pumpkin (caution with rind)
  • Shrimp
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tea (in small doses)
  • Tomatoes (not the stem)
  • Walnuts (caution with shell)
  • Aspartame (in small doses)
  • Sorbitol (in small doses)

Dangerous Foods for Your Pet

  •  Bread dough (raw)
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Currants
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Gum
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy foods
  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Antifreeze
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen (Advil / Motrin)
  • Marijuana
  • Naproxen (Aleve)
  • Rat or mouse poison
  • Xylitol (found in some chewing gums and pudding products)
  • Zinc (pennies)

 Tips for Your Pet's Eating Habits

  • When feeding fruits and vegetables, fresh is the best!
  • Canned items are loaded with salt so feed sparingly.
  • Always be careful with seeded or pitted items, as well as items with tough rinds, stems and/or vines.

Pets, Like Humans, Are Victims of Junk Food

If something is "junk food" for a human, it's "junk food" for a dog as well (i.e., cheeseburgers, ice cream, potato or tortilla chips, etc). 

These items contain multiple preservatives, excess of sodium, cholesterol, fat, calories and gastrointestinal upset-inducing fillers.

If you notice your pet "doesn't feel well" try to remember what they ate....or perhaps what you fed them. It can make a world of difference.
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Human food is OK...the key is: Moderation & Education

Get educated before 
you feed...your pets will thank you!

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