Pros and Cons of Table Snacks
Pros And Cons of Feeding My Dog Table Scraps
Lets be clear …everyone feeds their dog table scraps at some point or another.
Quite frankly, it can be difficult to resist the temptation when you see those two cute little eyes staring at you from under the table during dinner.
In fact, after guests leave, your dog may have eaten far better than you.
Still, you have to wonder whether or not this is a good idea, or something that should be avoided altogether.
The Professional Opinion
All veterinarians will have their own opinion on feeding a dog table scraps, and most say that you should avoid doing it simply because it is not ideal for their diet.
When you purchase dog food, you are buying a food that is properly adjusted for their digestive system, and will keep them in good health. Human food is not adjusted for them and it will not give them the proper vitamins or nutrients.
The Other Side of the Argument
Okay, as we said, it is impossible to resist giving your animal a treat once in a while, and if you think about it, many of the treats you buy at the store aren’t really ‘good’ for your dog either.
If you think about how you feed yourself, you will come to realize that we all break the dietary rules once in a while.
Was that piece of chocolate cake good for your diet? ……..Probably not.
What about that bag of chips you tore into earlier?
We aren’t telling you how to eat, but you can plainly see that everyone breaks the rules, even your dog.
The Key is Moderation
Just as you moderate yourself (hopefully) you should moderate your dog. The general consensus is that ‘people food’ should make up less than ten percent of your dog’s diet, and that you should always vary it when you do give in.
Fruits and vegetables, along with grains and pasta are considered to be healthy dog treats.
What to Avoid
There are certain foods you will want to avoid giving your dog at all costs.
While a very, very small amount will not hurt your dog, large amounts could be potentially fatal and you should take them to the vet immediately.
As always, try to avoid greasy or fatty foods for the same reason that you would do so.
Your dog can be an outstanding companion, just remember to resist the urge to share everything!
It can be difficult, but certainly doable.