Can your food be healthy for your pet?

Always feed your pet the best you can offer him
Always feed your pet the best you can offer him

Some of our pets are masters at begging for human food! We know that certain foods are a definite no-no, but are there human foods that can be good for our pets?

Dr Anne de Vos of the Ladybrand Animal Clinic explained the effects of certain commonly used foods in our kitchens on our animals’ bodies:

Eggs

√ Rich in the highest quality protein, vitamins and minerals.

X Egg whites should not be fed raw for long periods as they block the absorption of vitamin A.

Cow and goat’s milk

√ Good for the young or frail; good sources of calcium.

X May cause lactose intolerance and diarrhoea.

Red meat, liver and offal

√ Good sources of protein.

X Check for sharp bones, fat and salt content. Do not feed raw unless bought from a reputable butcher as the meat may harbour parasites.

Fish

√ Good source of protein and essential fatty acids.

X Beware of sharp bones and salt content. Never feed fish raw as it blocks the absorption of vitamin B1.

Danger!

Human foods you should never give your pet include:

  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Grapes
  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Xylitol

The full article appears in the April issue of Animaltalk.

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