This time of the year we’re always eating something, and our pets definitely notice. They watch everything that enters the kitchen and size up what’s going on our plates just in case they might get a little taste (intentionally, sneakily…or both). This can be harmless, but it can also turn into a pet emergency if they happen to eat something toxic. Plus, begging isn’t the best behavior that owners want to see. With our suggestions for healthy pet snacks, your pet can remain happy, satisfied, and safe from harm all season long.

Pump It Up

Pumpkin is one of the best pet snacks throughout the year, and it’s always better fresh. Canned, unsweetened pumpkin puree is an excellent runner-up if you do not have the fresh kind on hand. You can put it in with your pet’s food or get creative with some DIY pumpkin pet snacks. If your pet is giving you the “hungry eyes,” give them a dollop of pumpkin to satisfy their craving.

The Meats!

Whether you’re preparing duck, goose, turkey, ham, or brisket for your holiday dinner, chances are your pet is watching your every move. They’re just waiting in the wings for something to fall their way.


Luckily, lean, white meat isn’t bad for your pet provided it is fully cooked and bone-free. Cut meat into bite-sized pieces and add it to the special plate of other goodies for them to enjoy during your family’s feast.

Great Variety

Many steamed vegetables make top-notch additions to your pet’s dinner or snack plate. Again, try to cut pieces small and mix them with pumpkin and the meat of choice. 


Green beans, sweet potato, carrots, zucchini, peas, broccoli, and spinach aren’t always first to get eaten, but with some encouragement, these veggies make great pet snacks.

Fruit-astic Fruits

You can also disguise some of the veggies around some flavorful fruits, including:


  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple pieces
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Mangoes


These are always a big hit at pet snack time because the flavors and juiciness are just so different from the usual flavors and textures. Enjoy the process as your pet figures out which fruits they like, or dislike, most.

More…For Me?

Sometimes, pet snacks need to be a little more substantial in order to curb their hunger or curiosity during the holidays. You might try to offer your pet a small amount of cottage cheese, low-fat diced cheese, peanut butter, yogurt, plain steamed rice, or plain cooked oatmeal. These are all very comforting foods that really hit the spot.

Safe Pet Snacks

Because pet emergencies always spike this time of year, please be aware of your pet’s surroundings at all times. Be sure that they cannot get their jaws around the following toxic foods:


  • Grapes or raisins
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeinated or alcoholic beverages
  • Xylitol
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Uncooked bread dough


If you have additional questions or concerns about any of these healthy pet snacks, please give us a call at (916) 345-2629.

From all of us at Sunrise Boulevard Animal Hospital, we wish you and yours a happy, healthy holiday season.