There are some table foods that is safe to feed your pet but making sure we have portion control to prevent obesity for our pets. Make sure you consult with your primary provider veterinarian to confirm if it is safe for your pet to eat any of this if they have any special medical conditions.
Meats- It is ok to feed your pet lean protein such as chicken breast, lean turkey, lean ground beef, chuck steak or roast. As long as you’re not cooking with high cooking oils, no seasoning’s especially garlic or onion-based seasonings, and to make sure you’re not using high fat meat cuts to prevent pancreatitis. Also, do not use old, moldy, or spoiled meats! I think we can all agree that If you won’t eat it why should your pet eat it right?
Vegetables- some provide needed vitamins and fibers and is also a good type of food or treat to use. Raw vegies would be carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, pumpkin, Sweet Potato, bell peppers, and celery. Or try steamed veggies such as green beans, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, and winter squash. Make sure you do not give them avocado, onion, garlic, Rhubarb and wild mushrooms since these can be toxic for your pet.
Fruits- Keep in mind these safe fruits to give to your pet when wanting to feed them fruit for a treat. Apples, Apricots, Banana, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cranberries, Mango, Orange, Pear, Pineapple, Raspberries, Strawberries, and Watermelon. Make sure you DO NOT give cherries, and grapes! Certain citrus fruits like grape fruit, lemon, and lime can cause them to have a upset stomach.
Pasta and Rice- Past would be ok every once and while, and as long as it is cooked plain. There are pastas with healthy mixtures such as a multigrain pasta that would be better to use. Rice is also good to give as long as it is plain white rice or brown rice.
It is important to not feed your pet high fat foods especially heavy fat foods like pizza, or burgers. Their bodies are a little more sensitive than ours and that can develop a serious case of Pancreatitis, which will be a painful and horrible experience for your pet and your wallet. Here are symptoms to look out for, if you notice any of these symptoms after changing a diet or at all be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Signs and symptoms of pancreatitis may vary, depending on which type you experience.
Acute pancreatitis signs and symptoms include:
- Upper abdominal pain
- Abdominal pain that radiates to your back
- Abdominal pain that feels worse after eating
- Rapid pulse
- Tenderness when touching the abdomen
Chronic pancreatitis signs and symptoms include:
- Upper abdominal pain
- Losing weight without trying
- Oily, smelly stools (steatorrhea)
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