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Safe and Unsafe Treats for Dogs

December 1 2020
The holidays are here! For many of us, this time of year means we get to indulge in all sorts of delicious treats. Many of our canine patients will also be enjoying some special snacks. Just be careful what you give Fido! Not everything we eat is safe for Man’s Best Friend. A local Oshawa, ON vet lists some safe and unsafe treats for dogs in this article.


Fido definitely loves meat! Your four-legged buddy can have most types of meat, fish, and poultry. However, there are a few caveats. Only give your pup cooked, boneless meat, with the skin and fat removed. You’ll want to limit your canine pal’s intake of fatty meats, like bacon and sausage, as well as processed meats. Organ meats, like kidney and liver, also shouldn’t be fed too often. 

Fruits and Veggies

Your furry bff won’t get as excited over a carrot stick as he would a hot dog, but you can offer him some. Fido can also have cooked green beans, peas, spinach, squash, and sweet potato. As for fruits, your pup may like some things like mashed bananas, apple slices, or a bit of berry. Just don’t go too crazy with sugary foods.

Other Foods

Does your furry friend like cheese? Dogs can have a bit here and there. Plain yogurt is also fine, as are eggs, though you’d likely want to mix these in with other foods. Don’t give Fido any milk, though: it’s not good for dogs.

Unsafe Foods

There’s actually a fairly lengthy list of things you should never give your canine buddy. Garlic, onions, scallions, and chives are all definite no’s. These are often used as seasonings, so you’ll need to be extra careful here. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also unsafe. In fact, some pups will go into organ failure after eating just one! Other unsafe foods include nuts, avocados, fruits with pips or seeds, mushrooms, raw meat and dough, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, and anything that contains xylitol. Xylitol is found in many processed foods, so be sure to check labels on things like peanut butter. Meat on the bone is also a no-no. Cooked bones become very brittle, and can break into sharp shards that are extremely hazardous. Ask your vet for more information. Please contact us, your local Oshawa, ON veterinary clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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