December 23, 2006 by Maria-Elena Cloherty, DVM
Human Quality Foods for Your Favorite Pets.
In small amounts only – everything in moderation. For more information, read our Recommended Feeding Guide (below), which outlines a schedule for introducing this type of diet to your favorite pet.
- Fruits: Almost all fruit is fine. (except grapes or raisins) Especially apples with the skin on (adds antioxidants)
- Vegetables: Squash, turnip, pumpkin, potatoes, celery Zucchini, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, asparagus, Carrot, red and green peppers, green beans, peas, broccoli
- Pasta, plain or with garlic and oil
- FRESH cooked meats and fish
- Fish such as salmon, cod, haddock etc
- RAW bones only – preferably very large
- Frozen raw chicken necks
- Raw or cooked chicken hearts and livers
- Yeast tablets or desiccated liver tablets made for humans
People Food THAT IS NOT good for your pet:
- Dairy (cheese, milk, ice cream, etc)
- Spinach-These first five can cause bladder/kidney stones.
- Chocolate (These latter two can KILL your pet)
Human Quality Food – Recommended Feeding Guide
Human Quality Foods (HQF) are unique formulations, and should be gradually introduced on the following schedule:
- Start with 10% HQF and gradually mix with old food and increase the HQF by 10% every 4 days until converted as shown below:
- 10% HQF to 90% of old diet days 1 – 4
- 20% – 80% days 5 – 9
- 30% – 70% days 10 – 13
- 40% – 60% days 14 – 17
- Continue increasing the HQF 10% every 4 days
- IMPORTANT PLEASE READ:The amount fed should be adjusted to maintain an ideal body weight. Do not overfeed regardless of pet’s eagerness. Over consumption leading to digestive upset is the most common difficulty pets have adjusting to this highly concentrated, unique nutritional formulation. On average you will feed 25% – 50% less HQF than any lower quality diet.
- ** Good books to try: “Home Prepared Dog and Cat Diets“, by Don Strombeck.
- “Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats“, by Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM & Susan Hubble Pitcairn.
- ** For more veterinary health information, see our Helpful Links section.
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