Safe Treats for Pets

If we can say one thing for sure about our furry patients, it’s that they really enjoy a good snack. Fido and Fluffy both perk up when they see or smell something they like. There’s nothing wrong with giving your pet treats now and then, as long as you only offer safe, suitable foods. A Carmel, IN vet lists some good options below.


Fluffy and Fido are both carnivores by nature, so it’s no surprise that meat is a great snack option for them. Dogs and cats can have small amounts of most cooked meats, including roast beef, liverwurst, and steak. You do want to limit fatty meats, such as liver, bacon, and sausage, however. Also, make sure to remove the bones.


Chicken, turkey, and duck are all safe for our furry companions. Just be sure to only offer your cute pal cooked, unseasoned poultry, without the skin, fat, or bones.


Cooked fish is another safe choice for treats. Salmon, mackerel, whitefish, and tuna are all great choices. As with meat and poultry, you want to be sure to only give your pet cooked, plain fish, without the bones or fat.

Fruits and Veggies

While we wouldn’t exactly be shocked to find that one of our quirky feline patients has a taste for blueberries or carrots, this one is mostly for Fido. You can give your pooch raw or cooked carrots to munch on. Some other fruits and veggies that are safe for dogs include bananas; cooked sweet potatoes or pumpkins; strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries; and apples.

Store-Bought Treats

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to buying pet treats. However, it can be a bit tricky trying to figure out what brands or products are best. Ignore the flashy labels, and read the ingredients. Look for treats that list meat as the first and most numerous ingredient. Because not all countries regulate the quality of pet products, we recommend avoiding treats made overseas.

Dangerous Foods

Many popular foods are unsafe for our furry pals. Never give your pet garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; avocados; chocolate; grapes, currants, or raisins; or products that contain xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Carmel, IN animal clinic, with any questions about your pet’s diet. We’re here to help!

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