Cook For Your Pets Day

Today, November 1st, is Cook For Your Pets Day! We’re pretty sure that most of our patients would be more than thrilled to observe this ‘pawspicious’ occasion. If you enjoy cooking, then why not take a shot at making some things for your pet? A Chesapeake, VA vet offers some advice on this below.


One of the good things about cooking for your furry friend is being able to vet the quality of the ingredients. This is particularly beneficial for those whose pets have specific dietary needs and/or allergies. You’ll also be able to eliminate unhealthy ingredients, such as high-fructose corn syrup, meat by-products, and other fillers.


For dogs and cats, meat should make up the bulk of their diets. Almost any type of meat is fine. However, there are a few caveats. You don’t want to offer too much organ meat, such as liver, as this could lead to Vitamin A toxicity, which can be extremely dangerous. Also, be sure to remove the skin, bones, and fat. It’s best to limit processed meat as well.

Other Ingredients

Fluffy and Fido also need other types of nutrition to round out their menus. Some of the things you can use include spinach, peas, carrots, green beans, sweet potato, blueberries, and cooked pumpkin. You can also add healthy grains, such as rice and quinoa, and/or a little bit of cheese, egg, or olive oil. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


You’ll find plenty of recipes online, but that doesn’t mean they are going to be right for your furry friend. Our animal companions are all unique, and they all have different dietary needs. It’s important to get the right mix of protein, fiber, and fat. You’ll also need to make sure your pet’s meal contains the vitamins and minerals they need. If your cooking doesn’t provide your four-legged buddy with good nutrition, you may do more harm than good! Ask your vet to take a look at any recipes you’re considering.

Unsafe Foods

It’s also important to know what not to include. Some of the dangerous foods include garlic, onion, scallions, and chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocado; anything with seeds or pips; mushrooms; nuts; meat on the bone; chocolate; caffeine; and alcohol. If in doubt, leave it out!

As your Chesapeake, VA pet clinic, we’re here to help. Contact us anytime!

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