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Fruits & Vegetables: Safe for dogs & cats

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When it comes to feeding fresh vegetables and fruits to dogs and cats, it's important to be aware of what is safe and what should be avoided. Here are some examples:

Vegetables that are generally safe for dogs and cats:

  1. Carrots: Raw or cooked carrots can be given as a healthy snack. They are low in calories and high in fiber and vitamin A.
  2. Green beans: Steamed or raw green beans make a good treat for dogs and cats. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals.
  3. Pumpkin: Plain, cooked, and mashed pumpkin (without any added spices) can be beneficial for digestive health in both dogs and cats.
  4. Sweet potatoes: Cooked sweet potatoes, without any added seasoning, are a good source of vitamins and fiber for dogs and cats.
  5. Peas: Fresh or cooked peas can be given as a treat. They contain vitamins and minerals.

Fruits that are generally safe for dogs and cats (in moderation):

  1. Apples: Remove the seeds and core, and offer small slices of apple. Apples are a good source of vitamins and fiber.
  2. Blueberries: These are packed with antioxidants and can be fed as a treat to dogs and cats.
  3. Watermelon: Remove the seeds and rind, and offer small amounts of fresh watermelon as a refreshing snack.
  4. Bananas: They are high in potassium and can be given as an occasional treat. Remember to remove the peel.
  5. Strawberries: Fresh strawberries, with the stems removed, can be offered to dogs and cats as an occasional treat.

It's important to note that not all fruits and vegetables are safe for pets. Some examples of vegetables and fruits that should be avoided for dogs and cats include onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, avocados, and cherries. These can be toxic and potentially harmful to pets.

Always introduce new foods gradually, in small portions, and monitor your pet for any adverse reactions. If you're unsure about a specific fruit or vegetable, it's best to consult with a veterinarian before feeding it to your pet.

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