Fruits and Veggies for Pets
I recently read an article saying that grapes and raisins are deadly for pets, but my three-year-old Doberman mix loves to eat fruit. Was the article correct? If so, how can I find out what fruits and veggies are not good for my dog?
The article you read was correct, Ellen. You should not feed grapes or raisins to your dog, as many animal companions have developed kidney failure after eating these fruits. Because we don't know if certain dogs are more sensitive or if certain types of grapes and raisins cause problems more than others, we recommend that you completely avoid adding these fruits to your dog’s diet.
If your pet enjoys consuming a small amount of people food as a treat and she handles it well, the following can be safe:
Apple slices (without seeds)
Cooked lean meats
Baked potatoes (no unripe potatoes or potato plants)
Bread (no raisin bread, no uncooked bread dough)
Plain, cooked pasta
If you notice any digestive upset as a result of adding the above to your pet's diet, be sure to discontinue feeding that particular food.
You’ll find more information about pets and people foods at the following ASPCA articles: Top 10 People Foods to Avoid Feeding your Pets, Did you Know?and Ask the APCC ArchivePeople Food.