Should I Feed My Dog Table Scraps?
There is a mixture of commentary on the topic of feeding your dog scraps from the table. I personally do not think it is healthy for our dogs. Some owners will say that it is ok to feed your dog scraps from the table. Other will agree that it is ok in moderation. Vets will agree to some degree on both in moderation and or not at all.
I believe the greater argument would be that it will lead to obesity in your dog. This would lead to multiple health concerns. The purpose of sharing this article is for you to be better informed to make a decision that will best suit you and more importantly your dog.
Use moderation if you decide to feed your dog scraps from the table. Once you start you will begin to condition them to expect them on a regular basis. Perhaps even leading to begging, which is a bad habit to have to break. This can also lead to health problems. If you are going to share the scraps from the table, to avoid bad behavior, do it away from the table. Do not share the scraps at mealtime.
Table scraps should not be more than 10% of your dog’s diet. If that is all you feed your dog, then you will be on the way to the vet in the near future. Do not do that, it is not healthy. Your vet will tell you that it is not a good habit for your dog because table scraps will tend to be high in fat. Your dog’s digestive system is sensitive and not accustomed to our food. They will only be able to take so much before they start exhibiting signs of ill health.
Use your common sense. Your dog is a lot like you and requires a balanced, healthy diet. If you are eating high calorie, high fat and high sugar foods like pizza, bacon, donuts, cakes, cheese filled casseroles or fast-food burgers, you and your dog will begin to gain weight. This type of addition to your dog’s diet can cause inflammation of their pancreas which could lead to far more serious conditions, even death.
If you are going to share your table scraps, make sure they are healthy foods. Share your vegetables, low in fat meats and fresh fruit. These will all provide good quality sources of proteins and carbs. Stay away from foods that could poison or harm your dog like chocolate, raisins, chicken or fish with small bones, or greasy foods. Only give them a small portion. Remember, not more than 10% of their normal portion of wet or dry food.
When in Doubt . . ..
If you are not sure if something could be harmful to feed your dog, simply do not do it. Think healthy when you want to treat your dog. They will be happier. You will save on vet costs and you will be happier. Happy and healthy dog make for a happy dog owner.