Monthly Archives: August 2013

Healthy Table Food for your Pets

As dogs and cats get older, their nutritional requirements change. The majority of pet treats are very high in calories and contribute to weight gain. Most treats are also too high in salt, protein and fat.  The following are some healthy treats you should consider: Peanut Butter and Salmon are a good source of high quality protein and omega-3 and fatty acids, which are good for the immune system. Yogurt is high in calcium, vitamins, protein, riboflavin, zinc and potassium. But, only use “all natural” yogurt and avoid sugar additive fat free brands.  Sweet potatos are high in Vitamin A and anti-oxidants. They are help keep sugar levels down in diabetics. Pumpkin added to regular dog or cat food helps the digestive tract and treats both constipation and diarrhea as it is high in fiber. It is also good for urinary tract health and weight loss. Carrots are low calorie and high in fiber content. Carrots are known to be an aid in vision and there is some proof that they are also an anti-cancer food, at least in colon, lung and breast cancer. Of course, raw carrots are good for healthy teeth.  Be care of all dairy products, and if you do use any, use only small amounts. Egg white is the highest and most digestible source of protein.  Also consider cheese and cottage cheese without additives. Of course you can not use any dairy products if your pet is lactose intolerant, and many are. Fruit, such as blueberries, watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe are good sources of antioxidants, fiber and vitamins. Green beans are very low in calories and are a good snack for weight management. Please note: all these foods should be introduced slowly in small quantities. Items you must never feed are: chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins and garlic. Drinks with alcohol or caffeine, yeast dough and macadamia nuts are also considered toxic to dogs and cats.