Can I Feed My Dog Table Scraps?
Many people up to today are not sure whether to give their dogs table scrap or not. If you are one of them, then you need to read this article
Most of the table scraps contain oils and fats which can result in health problems to our dogs. These oily and fatty table scraps can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and even pancreatitis. One of the common ailments which the modern-day dog suffers from is obesity. Dogs which eat lots of fatty and oily table scraps tend to have weight problems. Suppose you have had a piece of steak for your meal and you wish to give your dog a morsel. You are unlikely to give him a prime piece of the meat; he is going to get the fatty piece. Common sense should tell you that a diet high in fat is not good for your dog’s health or weight. An overweight dog will be at a higher risk of developing other health issues in the future.
When you give too much table scraps to dogs, they may start to refuse regular foods hence lead to imbalanced nutrition. Don’t give the dog more than one-third of the food in table scraps in terms of calories.
Some table scraps may contain substances toxic to the dogs. One of these is onions which should never be given to dogs. This also includes any food prepared using onions.
Other substances which should never be given to dogs include caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, large amounts of garlic or macadamia nuts. Even cooked bones which are part of table scraps should be not be given to dogs since they may break and leave a jagged edge that can injure the esophagus or gastrointestinal system.
Table scraps can lead to unwanted begging behaviors. This can be avoided by putting the scraps in the dog’s dish instead. If you progress to feeding him at every meal, then he will learn the lesson very quickly. He will learn that you want him to beg at the table and that you will reward him with food when he does beg. In time, even if there are occasions when you do not want your dog to beg at the table, he will undoubtedly sit faithfully at your feet, licking his lips, awaiting his reward.
Principles to follow if you think you can’t stop giving your dog scrap food
1. Don’t give your dog junk food. This includes fries, candies, leftover pizza or chips. You can give steamed or baked potatoes, oatmeal, plain rice or steamed unseasoned vegetables. Remember to put the scraps in the dog’s dish.
2. Moderation. Factor the dog’s meals into his daily calorie requirement. Remember that your dog still needs the regular food.
3. Watch out for toxic table scraps. Avoid the foods and substances have mentioned above which include onions and alcohol.
Based on above discussion, you will realize that occasional table scrap may not be harmful to your dog’s diet; it is most beneficial to feed him on dog food which contains ingredients to meet his nutritional needs. As the owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that you care for your dog’s health and to encourage his good behavior.