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Human Foods Pets Can Enjoy

By: Karina Delaine

At Freshpet, we are all in on cooking for our pets when we have the time. Often, our favorite recipes are inspired by the foods we love to eat. And while many of the ingredients we use in our meals are healthy for our pets too, some can be dangerous to feed. So before you step into the kitchen to whip up a treat or add some human food to your pet’s bowl, here’s a list to consult brought to us by our friend Dr. Katy Nelson.




Good Human Foods

  • Cooked lean meats
  • Cooked eggs
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Watermelon
  • Green beans
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Baked potatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Cooked rice, quinoa, lentils
  • Pumpkin
  • Cheese (in small amounts)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Unsalted popcorn
  • Corn
  • Yogurt (plain or greek)
  • Coconut
  • Broccoli
  • Garbanzo beans (Chickpeas)
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes (cooked)
  • Cranberries
  • Blueberries
  • Carob
  • Radishes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Chia Seeds
  • Low sodium chicken broth
  • Low sodium canned tuna
  • Artichokes
  • Ripe tomatoes
  • Raspberries



Foods to avoid

  • Raw eggs
  • Walnuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Peels/seeds from citrus fruits
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Yeast dough
  • Sage
  • Nutmeg
  • Peaches and plums (pits)
  • Cinnamon



Foods that can be harmful in large amounts:

  • Avocados
  • Garlic
  • Milk
  • Ice Cream
  • Salty foods
  • Sugary foods



Love the idea of feeding your pet food good enough for your own plate? Try any of our refrigerated recipes with fresh and all natural ingredients here.



2 thoughts on “Human Foods Pets Can Enjoy

  1. My dog Sefton loves the chicken Fresh Pet; or Vet has said this is also a great food for him . He’s 11 years old and starting to slow down.. thank you for making a food that he likes! Wish you could dehydrate this so when traveling it’s an option to take on trips and not worry about keeping it cold.

  2. My Shih Tzu had a terribly compromised digestive system regardless of whatever brand she was fed.
    It about a year that she’s been on Fresh Pet food, chicken and turkey mix. She is doing very well on it AND loves it.
    We thank you very much!!!!!!!

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