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Safe And Unsafe Treats For Dogs

December 1, 2020

With the holidays approaching quickly, food is on many people’s minds. We’re definitely looking forward to enjoying some seasonal treats. Of course, our canine patients are also more than happy to sample some yummy snacks. Just be careful with what you offer your pooch! Read on as vets Spring Hill, TN lists some safe and unsafe treats.

Main Course

Fido can safely enjoy many types of meat, including steak, beef, roasts, tenderloin, hamburger, and deli meats. You can also give your pooch small amounts of processed meats, like bacon or sausage. Don’t go too crazy with these, though, as they contain a lot of fat and salt. Organ meats, like liver and kidney, are fine on occasion but should not be given too often. Fish and poultry are also great options. Just make sure your furry pal’s main course is fully cooked, boneless, and free of skin and fat. 


While Fido probably won’t be as interested in your carrot stick as he would a meatball, he may still enjoy certain fruits and veggies. Some safe options include ripe bananas; pureed squash or pumpkin; cooked peas, beans, carrots, or spinach; apple slices; and certain berries, such as blueberries and strawberries.

Store-Bought Treats

It’s probably safe to assume that your four-legged friend won’t mind if you buy him some snacks. We do recommend checking labels, though, and sticking with healthier, high-quality brands. Pick products that list meat, fish, or poultry first. These items should also be listed more than other ingredients.


A little bit of cheese or egg is fine, but you don’t want to go overboard here. Plain yogurt can be an ingredient in many homemade dog treats, but again, it should be a side, not a main course. Avoid giving Fido milk, cream, or butter.

Unsafe Options

Our canine buddies have healthy appetites, and they often snap up anything that falls within range. This can be very dangerous! Some of the things that are toxic to dogs include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; chocolate; nuts; mushrooms; caffeine; alcohol; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; avocado; fruits with seeds of pips; and anything that contains xylitol. Raw dough or yeast are also unsafe. Ask your vet for more information.

As your local veterinarian Spring Hill, TN, we’re dedicated to offering great care. Please feel free to contact us anytime!

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