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Have you studied up on your pet’s nutritional needs? These tips on how to feed your dog or cat can help keep your pet in top shape while you settle back into your hectic school year schedule.

1. Two Square Meals a Day

The ASPCA® suggests most pets get two square meals a day. Offering portioned servings at specific times, rather than letting your pet graze freely, can also help prevent obesity.

2. Safe Fruits and Veggies

There are plenty of fruits and vegetables you can offer your pet as healthy snacks. For instance, apples, carrots and sweet potatoes are all safe for dogs and cats. Cut them into smaller pieces to make them easier to eat and avoid choking.

3. Tasty Treats

Pets love treats, but don’t go overboard. Treats can be packed with sugar and fat, and too many can lead to obesity. As an alternative, you can make homemade dog treats or tasty cat snacks in your own kitchen. They’re simple and healthy!

4. Water, Water Everywhere

Good old H2O makes up 60 to 70% of an adult pet's body weight making it the most important nutrient for your pet. It’s even more important than protein! Always make sure there's always plenty of fresh water in reach.

5. People Food No-no's

Cookies can be harmful to your pet, especially if they contain chocolate, raisins or nuts. Also, avoid feeding your pet fatty or spicy foods, which can cause tummy upset. And never offer real bones, since they can splinter and hurt your pet. 

If your pet does eat something poisonous, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435. A consultation fee may apply, part of which can be covered by an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. See your plan options.

Don’t miss these tasty ideas for pet-friendly afterschool snacks!

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Reminder: Treats such as these should not make up more than 10% of a pet’s caloric intake. Also, stomach upset may occur in pets who do not tolerate dietary changes well.


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