This question has been a topic of discussion at dinner tables and campfires since ancient times when humans and dogs first became best friends. So what’s the answer? Yes. No. Maybe. It depends.
In olden days, when food went from being cooked and straight to the table without having to go through a lot or processing, it may have been okay to give the family dog some scraps from the table.
However, a lot of the foods humans eat nowadays is processed and filled with additives. Therefore, it might not be a good idea to feed your dog table scraps. In fact, it might make your dog ill.
Here are 6 good reasons not to give your dog table scraps:
- Feeding your pooch too much fat can give it pancreatitis.
- Giving your dog a drumstick can cause it to choke on the bones. The smaller bone pieces might pierce the lining of your dog’s esophagus or stomach.
- Accustoming your dog to eat off the table might turn him into a habitual beggar. This habit could create a very embarrassing situation when having a formal dinner.
- Eating food made for humans while satisfying, may not have the proper nutrition your dog needs to stay healthy.
- Promoting obesity. Most food for humans contain a lot of fat and carbohydrates that could make your dog fat and affect its health.
- Creating a finicky eater. Once your dog gets used to eating table scraps, it might not want to go back to eating dog food.
If you do want to feed your dog some table scraps, consider the following: lean meats, cooked vegetables with no seasoning, fresh fruit (with no seeds), bread and rice.
Avoid giving your four-legged friend the following foods: onions, garlic, avocados, grapes, peaches, plums, raisins, nuts, candy, chocolate, fat, bones, and foods that contain a large amount of sugar.
To break a dog out of the habit of eating table scraps, try feeding it just before you have your meal. Your dog may not beg for food when it has a full belly.
Another alternative is to have nutritious treats on hand to feed your dog while you are having dinner. Readymade treats for dogs come in a variety of flavors, and are packed with the nutrients your dog needs to stay healthy.
Here are some dog treats your pooch might find better than human food.
Made by Blue Buffalo Blue Mini Bars for dogs are bite-sized biscuits that are oven-baked for a crunchy and delicious treat that includes wholesome and rich ingredients like Blueberry, Yogurt, Carrots, Oatmeal, Flaxseed and Barley.
VetCrafted Omega Max Soft Chews for dogs provide essential fatty acids for optimal skin and coat health for your pet, provides anti-inflammatory effects that soothe their allergies. They come in easy to administer soft chews so your dog will think they are treats!
CET VeggieDent chews for dogs are highly palatable, vegetable-based chews for dogs. C.E.T. VeggieDent chews contain no animal-origin ingredients.
In conclusion, giving your dog table scraps is not a good idea. Food meant for human consumption contains a lot fats, sugars and additives that could prove harmful to a dog’s sensitive digestive system. Also, giving it table scraps can lead to obesity which can create serious health problems in dogs. While some table scraps are okay to give on occasion (such as lean meats and certain vegetables) it is better to feed your dog food and treats that were specially formulated for dogs.
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