We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

What Kinds of Fruits and Veggies Can My Pet Eat?

When you think your dog’s and cat’s deserve a natural treat, what kinds of fruits and veggies can they have is a great question. Fruits such as bananas, oranges, and mangoes are great additions to their diet, whereas some can be dangerous and should be avoided entirely.

Ground-rule of introducing any new foods to your cat’s and dog’s diet is to make the changes gradually. Sudden changes can cause vomiting and/or diarrhea. In general, fruits are higher in sugar than vegetables, and thus should be limited in overweight pets.

Safe to Eat:

Fruits

  • Apples (great source of Vitamin A and C).
  • Bananas (the pick-me-up fruit).
  • Blueberries (anti-cancer and heart disease).
  • Cantaloupe (help with dog’s vision, NO SEED).
  • Pears (strengthen the intestinal tract).
  • Pineapple (improving digestion and reduction of inflammation).
  • Watermelon (tasty summer treat contains 92% water).

Vegetables

  • Asparagus (low calories and impressive nutrients).
  • Broccoli (the superfruit).
  • Brussel sprouts (good source of fibre).
  • Carrots (good for vision and cleaning teeth).
  • Celery (improving heart health).
  • Cucumber (little to no carbs, great for overweight pets).
  • Green beans (source of omega-3 fatty acids).
  • Lettuce (great source of Vitamin K and A).
  • Peas (frozen treat with healthy vitamins).
  • Pumpkin (promotes digestive health).
  • Spinach (superfood).

Avoid or Toxic:

Fruits

  • Apricots (the seeds or pits contain cyanide).
  • Avocado (contain persin in their fruit, leaves, seed, and bark).
  • Cherries (the seeds or pits contain cyanide).
  • Currants (can cause irreversible kidney damage).
  • Grapes (can cause irreversible kidney damage).
  • Peaches (the seeds or pits contain cyanide).
  • Plums (the seeds or pits contain cyanide).
  • Raisins (can cause irreversible kidney damage).
  • Tomatoes (stems, vines, and leaves of tomato plants may contain atropine and tomatine, which can be poisonous).

Vegetables

  • Corn cobs (can cause intestinal obstruction, a serious and potentially fatal medical condition).
  • Garlic (eating them can destroy your dog’s blood cells, causing anemia and irreparable harm to their kidneys).
  • Mushrooms (toxic to the liver).
  • Onions (eating them can destroy your dog’s blood cells, causing anemia and irreparable harm to their kidneys).
  • Peppers (can upset your dog’s digestive system and cause diarrhea).
  • Raw potatoes (may contain solanum alkaloids (solanine) that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and irregular heartbeats in dogs).
  • Rhubarb (contains oxalates, and consuming this type of plant can cause problems with your pet’s nervous system, digestive tract, and kidneys).

Extra Hints

  • Always remove seeds from fruits before giving them to your pet.
  • You can offer vegetables raw, slightly steamed, boiled or baked.
  • Watch your pet’s stools afterwards. If they develop diarrhea or soft stools, reduce the number of fruits and vegetables you are providing.

If you are uncertain about feeding any items to your pets, please contact us at 204-269-8162.

Written by Lu, Receptionist

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following policies are up-to-date as of Tuesday April 7, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Please call 204-269-8162 when you arrive for your appointment or ring the doorbell, and one of our staff members will meet you at the hospital entrance to admit your pet for their exam. Once the veterinarian has finished the exam, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept 2 routine appointments per day, per doctor, but priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. The hospital is still OPEN with the following hours:

Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday to Thursday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

The boarding and grooming building is CLOSED until further notice.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice physical distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital