People Food for Pets  

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Here's a great article that I thought I would pass on...hope you find it helpful! –Kim

Is "People Food" Good for Dogs and Cats?

Babette Gladstein, V.M.D

You share a lot with your pet: your home, your affection. To help build strong muscles, bones and a shiny coat, you should also share home-cooked meats, veggies and whole grains. Here's how to do it right.

  1. Work with your vet. Design a home-cooked diet that's right for our pet's breed, age and size with advice from your vet. Have your pet's eating plan reevaluated at annual check-up time, or sooner if you notice health changes like lethargy or a dull coat.

  2. Serve a variety of foods. About 30% of your pet's diet should consist of food you make yourself, and should include grains, vegetables, fruit and meat (ask your vet whether meat should be raw or cooked).

  3. Don't overfeed! More than 45% of dogs and 55% of cats are overweight due to overfeeding. Any homemade food you feed your pet should be part of their normal diet – not in addition to it.

  4. Teach good table manners. Incorporating people food into your pal's diet doesn't mean you should teach him to beg for table scraps. Serve meals in a bowl from which he's used to eating, away from your table and on a regular schedule – two or three times a day depending on activity level.

  5. Avoid these toxic foods. Some human foods contain ingredients that can harm dogs and cats. Never feed them grapes or raisins, chocolate or caffeine, onions or garlic, processed food or raw eggs.

Babette Gladstein, V.M.D., is a New York-based veterinarian who employs traditional and alternative therapies.
© 2010 Remedy Health Media LLC

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I just recently got into the more natural pet food for my cats. Their coats look awesome & they are like completely different cats!! Its worth the additional cost!

Shannon Cole - Shannon's Pet-Sitting
Compassionate, Professional, Better Business Bureau Accredited Pet Care.
Serving Suburban Lake, Cook & Kane Counties in Illinois

January 21, 2011 at 9:42 AM

I don't think people's food are good for pets, pet should be part of their normal diet – not in addition to it.

January 26, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Thanks for this post about people food for pets. I think you've raised some interesting points here.

March 23, 2011 at 11:27 AM

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