PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Fresh fruit as well as fresh and/or cooked veggies are certainly a healthy snack for us and can also be very healthy — when offered in moderation only — to our best friends. Always check with your vet first but especially if your pet has allergies or a sensitive stomach. It’s important to know what to offer on occasion and what to avoid completely. And never replace these treats for a daily diet.
According to many veterinarians, the fruits and veggies that can be the most beneficial again, in moderation only, are baby carrots, bananas, green beans, peas, pumpkin and sweet potatos. Remember, fruits contain a high sugar content and should only be a once-in-awhile treat served in a very small amount. The occasional veggie treat should also be served in a small amount to avoid problems as well. Dogs not used to any change in diet can experience diarrhea or constipation.
Always avoid the following foods completely: grapes, raisins, onions, mushroom, garlic, avocados and potato peels as these can be toxic. Apple seeds can be very toxic and citrus fruits can cause stomach upset.
Reported By Nan Talleno, KYW Newsradio