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Safe and Unsafe Treats for Dogs

June 16, 2020
Does your dog wake from a dead sleep at the sound of a food wrapper opening? Does Fido mysteriously teleport to your feet when he knows you’re eating something yummy? Treats are actually beneficial to our canine pals. They make great training aids, and can help your pooch feel loved. Just stick with healthy options! Here, a Virginia Beach, VA vet lists some safe and unsafe treats for Fido.

Meat, Fish, and Poultry

Our canine patients would be more than happy to hear that meats generally get the thumbs up. That includes things like steak, beef, ground chuck, and deli meat. Fish and poultry are also fine, as are cooked eggs. There are a few caveats here, however. Only give your pet plain, cooked meat, with the skin, bones, and fat removed. You’ll also want to limit organ meats, like liver and kidney. These are fine in small doses, as an occasional treat, but shouldn’t be fed daily. Fatty meats, like bacon and sausage, should also only be given once in a while.


Although meat, fish, and poultry should make up the bulk of your pup’s diet, certain fruits and veggies are fine. In fact, many types of produce are packed with nutrients that are great for pets! Some safe veggies include sweet potatoes, pumpkins, green beans, carrots, spinach, kale, squash, and peas. As for fruits, some good options include apple slices, bananas, blueberries, melon, and strawberries. Be sure to remove seeds and pips before offering any fruits or veggies.


Although most dairy products are unsuitable for Man’s Best Friend, there are a few things that Fido can enjoy. Plain yogurt is fine, and is a great base for doggy ice cream. Your pooch can also have small amounts of cheese.

Unsafe Foods

Dogs have very robust appetites, to say the least, and often will snap up anything that falls to the ground. Grapes, currants, and raisins are a huge concern here. Even a single grape can cause organ failure in some dogs! Other foods on the no-no list include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; pitted fruits, especially avocado; chocolate; caffeine; nuts; mushrooms; tomatoes; cherries; alcohol; raw meat, dough, or yeast; meat on the bone; and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information. Please contact us, your local Virginia Beach, VA vet clinic, anytime. We are always here to help!
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