Is Feeding Your Dog Table Scraps A Good Thing?

We have all done it. Our cute, little furry friend is practically grinning at us from below the kitchen table. Their ears are perked and their tail is waggling. We know what our dog wants. Just a small choice morsel from dinner would be fabulous, right? What could it hurt? It is just a bite or 2 after all.

person holding brown wooden stick with white and black short coated dog

Hold Fido’s ears he will not wish to hear this. A dogs diet actually should not contain table scraps. People food is just that…for people. A dogs nutritional needs are not the like as a humans. For sure, we eat some of the identical things, but giving your pet food from the table is one of the worst mistakes for your pet. A dogs diet does not require all the added goodies we put into our meals.

Individuals have frequently have weight problems like obesity. Well a dog can have this trouble as well. If your dogs diet involves for the most part table scraps, then the chances are that your dog will not maintain a healthy weight. Even a a couple of pounds overweight can make a great difference in the quality of health and length of your pets life.

When you have a dog who is not a picky eater, it can be tempting to let your pet be the garbage disposal in your home, but really, this is not a good idea. Certain people foods can harm your dog and should never be a part of your dogs diet. Grapes, for example, have been known to cause serious problems for dogs, even death. Chicken bones and popcorn can also be a problem for your dog. Even small amounts of chocolate can be very dangerous in a dog’s diet.

A poor diet even shows up out in the yard. When your dogs diet is not at its best, your pets outputs will be bigger in size, smell, and mess. The benefits of choosing a healthy diet for your dog will be noticeable in your pets health, as well as, during those walks around the block.

dog licking it's nose standing beside near empty food bowl

There are a a couple of occasions when a supplement or treat from the kitchen may be alright, but never in excess. Speak to your vet about healthy snacks for your dogs diet. If you simply must continue feeding Fido at the table, many vets recommend you give your pet ice cubes or pieces of carrot to munch on between regular feeding times. Providing your pet these healthy alternatives to pizza and cupcakes gives you the freedom to select a healthy and nutritious snack for your dogs diet.

The next time your pet begins eyeing your food, what you need to do is redirect their attention. Do not use your table scraps. Alternatively give your dog a refreshing ice cube to munch on. A baby carrot will keep your dog happy and make you feel good about the right options you have made for the nutritional value of your dogs diet. If you follow these steps, you will know that you are doing your best to give pet a high quality diet.


  • Graham Williams

    The guest author is a passionate dog lover and enthusiast with years of experience in canine care and training. With a deep understanding of dog behavior and a commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership, the author shares insightful tips and engaging stories to enrich the lives of both dogs and their owners. The views and opinions expressed in articles written by guest authors on our website are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of our platform.

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