Dog and Cat Nutrition (Part 3 of 3) – Treats

Dog and Cat Nutrition (Part 3 of 3) – Treats

Dog and Cat Nutrition (Part 3 of 3) – Treats

Cut visits to the vet and turn the frown upside down on an unhappy pet by focusing on good dog and cat nutrition. We outline how to do that through nutritious treats for your pet.

If it is good for you, it is good for your pet.  Well, not exactly.

For dogs, I do recommend fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats as treats, but you should always avoid grapes, raisins, as well as, fresh onions and garlic.  I also recommend my dog patients stay away from tomatoes.

Dog and cat nutrition: Comfort food

Giving your dog comfort foods once in a while can be okay, in moderation. For instance, if you give your dog a bite of pizza crust every now and then (not the whole slice), it won’t hurt him as long as he is not overweight or doesn’t have any underlying medical issues.


For cats, only use protein such as plain chicken or turkey as a treat.

Dog and cat nutrition: Read the ingredients

For both dogs and cats, commercial pet treats are always an option. Read the labels. Treats should be made in the USA, and I recommend whole food products with the fewest number of ingredients. Avoid by-products, gluten and grain-based products such as corn or soy. (And, I use the same guidelines in choosing a commercial brand for their regular meals). When it comes to commercial treat brands, here a couple brands I’ve found to be good from a nutritional standpoint:

  1. Steve’s Real Food for dogs and cats
  2. CloudStar

To keep your dog or cat healthy, what treat you give them is important. How you give it to them is also important. For healthy treating, the key is moderation—too much of a good thing is never a good thing.

For more information, read part 1 and part 2 of the series.


-Juli Potter, DVM