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Luncheon Meat

My Yorkie likes eating lunch meat. Is it OK to let him have some?

- Ashley D.

We generally do not advocate the feeding of human table foods to animal companions, as these foods typically do not meet pets' nutritional needs—and some could even be harmful. While most luncheon meats are not considered to be poisonous (as long as they aren't spoiled or moldy), they do contain high levels of sodium, nitrates and fat. Any food that is not part of an animal's normal diet could potentially cause gastrointestinal upset or lead to other problems, such as pancreatitis. If you still wish to offer "people food" as a treat for your pet, we advise talking with your veterinarian first.