People Foods That Are Safe for Pets

Does your furry buddy have a begging habit? Fluffy and Fido are quite the little actors, and can be very, very good at convincing us to hand over tasty tidbits at dinnertime. This is not only bad petiquette, it can also be dangerous: many of our favorite foods are not safe for pets! However, not everything we eat is bad for our animal companions. Read on as a local Livonia, MI vet lists some pet-safe people foods.


Eggs are one of nature’s superfoods, and they are good for both people and pets. Just be sure to only give your furry friend cooked eggs.


Cheese is just as popular with pets as it is with people! Just don’t go overboard with this fatty treat.


Cooked, plain turkey, chicken, or duck are all good options for both Fluffy and Fido. Just be sure to remove the skin, fat, and bones. Also, hold the seasonings, particularly garlic and onions, which are toxic to pets.


Most meats are safe for pets. There are a few caveats here, however. Make sure your furry pal’s food is unseasoned and fully cooked. Never give your pet bones, skin, or fat. Additionally, some types of meat, such as liver, are only safe in small amounts. Bacon and sausage should also be fed sparingly. (Sorry, Fido.)


Cooked, plain, boneless fish is a delicious and healthy choices for our furry friends. Salmon, mackerel, tuna, cod, and whitefish are all great options.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is high in protein, and it also contains healthy fats, niacin, and vitamin B. Just be sure to check the label and make sure Fido’s PB doesn’t contain xylitol, which is toxic to pets.

Fruits and Veggies

Although meat should make up the bulk of your pet’s diet, many fruits and veggies are safe for dogs and cats. Pureed pumpkin, cooked sweet potato or regular potatoes, spinach, green beans, peas, carrots, and squash are all fine. As for fruits, bananas, blueberries, and strawberries are ok too. Apples and watermelon are also suitable, as long as you remove the seeds and pips. Never give your pet pitted fruits, however. Also on the no-no list are avocados, grapes, currants, and raisins.

Does your pet need an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? We are here to help! Please contact us, your Livonia, MI animal clinic, anytime.

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