Most pet owners admit to feeding their dogs and cats the occasional people food snack. It’s OK to give treats every once in a while, but to keep your pet healthy and fit it’s important to choose the right ones.

The American Animal Hospital Association says that up to 10% of your pet’s diet can include snacks. They have created a list of the healthiest people food treats for dogs and cats.

These treats are also low in calories, which is good to keep in mind because a 100-calorie snack might be fine for you, but too much for a small dog or cat.

Healthiest treats for dogs:

  • Green beans
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Melon
  • Cooked lean meat
  • Plain cereal like Cheerios

Healthiest treats for cats:

  • Cooked poultry or fish
  • Plain cereal
  • Cooked egg
  • Carrot
  • Zucchini
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Green beans
  • Cantaloupe

Check out the AAHA’s helpful guide to people food snacks for pets, including safe and healthy ways to make food more palatable for picky eaters, like broth, applesauce, or yogurt.



8 thoughts on “What are the Healthiest People Foods for Dogs and Cats?

  1. I tried giving my dog a green bean tonight. Wouldn’t touch it. On the other hand, we dropped a box of cereal on the floor this morning and he was all over it.

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