Cook for Your Pets Day

Did you know that November 1st is Cook For Your Pets Day? It’s also National Calzone Day. However, while we certainly enjoy a good calzone, we’ll stick to talking about pets. Many people choose to cook for their animal pals. Is this a good idea? Or should you stick with store-bought food? Read on as a local Green Bay, WI vet discusses cooking for your furry buddy.

Safe Foods

First and foremost, if you want to cook for your pet, be sure to only use ingredients that are safe for them. Cooked, plain meat, chicken, or fish is always fine, as long as the skin, bones, and fat have been removed. Some other things you may want to include are eggs, rice, cheese, olive oil, liver powder, and wheat germ oil. Certain fruits and veggies, such as cooked spinach, carrots, and peas, are also okay. Some things are only safe on occasion. Liver, for example, is fine once in a while, but shouldn’t be fed daily. The same applies to other organ meats, such as kidney.

Unsafe Foods

Many popular foods are toxic to our furry friends. Never give your four-legged buddy chocolate; nuts; pitted fruits, especially avocado; or anything seasoned with garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. Also on the unsafe foods list are alcohol; raw meat, dough, or yeast; meat on the bone; grapes, currants, and raisins; processed foods; junk food; and anything that contains xylitol.

Benefits of Cooking For Pets

There actually are some benefits to cooking for your animal companion. You’ll know exactly what your furry pal is eating, and can offer them high-quality ingredients. You’ll also be able to customize your pet’s food to suite their specific taste and/or medical needs.


You’ll find lots of pet food recipes online. However, consult your vet before cooking them. Many of these recipes contain only a few items, such as meat and rice. The listed ingredients may be safe, but they don’t necessarily offer your pet all the nutrition he or she needs. Therefore, they could do more harm than good in the long run. Our furry friends need specific percentages of fat and protein, as well as certain vitamins and minerals, to stay healthy. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please call us, your Green Bay, WI vet clinic, with any questions about your pet’s dietary needs. We are here to help!

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