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Choosing Your Pet’s Treats

Did you know that there’s a special doggy holiday coming up? February 23rd is National Dog Biscuit Day! While our canine buddies are definitely very enthusiastic about treats, cats and smaller pets also love snacks. Choosing healthy treats for your animal companion is very important! Here, a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses picking suitable snacks for your furry pal.

Choosing Store-Bought Foods

You can find prepackaged treats in grocery markets and pet food stores. However, choosing the right product can be tricky. Get into the habit of reading labels, and choose the ones with ingredients you can actually identify. You may also want to keep an eye on recalls. You can get updated information at several sites, including the FDA website.

Safe Foods

The list of what your pet can and can’t eat will vary, depending on what sort of animal you have. Dogs and cats can both enjoy plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat; sodium-free broth; deli meat; and/or canned fish or chicken in water. Certain fruits and veggies are also safe for dogs and cats, though Fido is probably more likely to eat them than Fluffy. As for smaller pets, many pocket pets can enjoy safe produce, such as carrots. Bunnies have a bit of a sweet tooth, and often like berries, such as strawberries. Hamsters may prefer some cheese or a dog biscuit, while gerbils may like pears or apples. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Unsafe Foods

As it turns out, different types of pets have more unsafe foods in common than they do safe ones. Never give your four-legged buddy anything that contains chocolate; caffeine; grapes; xylitol; garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; or pitted fruits. Nuts are also on the no-no list for many of our furry pals, as are dairy products; raw meat, dough, or yeast; meat on the bone; and anything high in sugar or fat. Tomato and potato leaves are also unsafe for many pets. Ask your vet for advice.


Always research new foods before giving them to your pet, to make sure they are safe. Introduce new foods slowly. Watch your furry buddy closely afterwards, and keep an eye out for digestive issues. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO pet hospital, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

Thanksgiving Treats That Are Safe for Pets

Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? Our furry companions are definitely something to be grateful for. As you start to make preparations for your Turkey Day feast, your pet will no doubt be right there with you. After all, Fido and Fluffy are important parts of the family! While it’s fine to indulge your four-legged pal with a special meal, you do want to be careful with what you offer them, as many people foods are toxic to dogs and cats. Here, a local Fort Collins, CO vet lists some Turkey Day treats that are safe for pets.


Feel free to share some of that delicious turkey, chicken, or fish, with your pet. Meat is also fine, though you don’t want to overindulge your furry companion with fatty meats, like bacon or sausage. Before giving your little buddy any meat, fish, or poultry, always remove the bones, skin, and fat. You also want to hold the gravy: it’s too rich for dogs and cats. Offer Fluffy or Fido some sodium-free beef or chicken broth instead.

Certain Veggies

Fido and Fluffy can enjoy some cooked sweet or plain potatoes; green beans; carrots; peas; pumpkin; or squash. Just be sure to give your four-legged buddy their veggies plain, without any spices, gravies, or butter.

Deli Meat

Shredded deli meat is also safe for pets, and can make a great treat! Offer Fido or Fluffy a bit of plain meat.

Homemade Treats

You can find lots of recipes for great homemade pet treats online. These also make wonderful gifts for friends and family members with furry pals of their own! Just be sure to use only ingredients that are safe for dogs and cats. Plain yogurt, natural peanut butter, shredded cheese, cooked meats, and pureed pumpkin are a few good options.

Foods To Avoid

Many holiday foods are very dangerous to our furry friends. Never give your pet meat on the bone. Cooked bones can fracture into dangerous shards, which can seriously injure your pet! Some other foods to keep away from Fido and Fluffy include grapes, currants, and raisins; garlic and onions; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; nuts; raw dough, meat, or eggs; and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Enjoy your holiday! Please feel free to contact us, your local Fort Collins, CO animal hospital, anytime. We are always here to help!