When it comes to tablescraps for dogs, most people seem to be under the impression that all tablescraps are bad and this isn’t exactly true. While it’s not a good idea to give your dog anything and everything that you eat, you can share some of your daily meals with him in moderation.
Unfortunately, most traditional veterinarians are heavily impacted by the commercial pet food industry and they typically agree with whatever their told by the pet food giants.
On the other hand most holistic veterinarians normally agree that wholesome, light tablescraps are an added bonus to your dog’s diet. The key words here are wholesome and light.
Remember, all dogs ARE NOT the same and they all have their very own unique likings, dislikings and sensitivities too. If I give my dogs something new; I keep an eye on them that night and the following day in order to see if they show any symptoms of sensitivities (unusual scratching, chewing, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.).
Tablescraps for Dogs – What’s Good And What’s Not!
- Variety is good for your dog. Think about it; would you want to eat the same old dry kibble day after day for 10-15 years? Unlikely! If your daily dinner consists of some healthy foods; share the leftovers with your dog.
- Also, don’t forget to deduct the amount of tablescraps that you feed from the amount of dog food that you normally feed. Example; if you’re giving 1 cup of tablescraps daily, deduct 1 cup of dry food.
- I know this happens alot and it should be avoided. When it comes to meat; we eat the good lean stuff ourselves and want to throw the fatty, undesirable pieces into the dog’s bowl. Not a good idea. Avoid giving the fat to your dog. Another biggy; bacon and bacon grease ARE NOT GOOD FOR DOGS! When cooked (usually on high heat) bacon releases high levels of nitrates and other unhealthy compounds as well. The interaction of nitrates with the amine in protein can form nitrosamines which have been linked to cancer. Avoid adding any fat drippings to your dog’s food – period.
- Tablescraps for dogs including leafy green veggies such as spinach and kale are excellent for dogs. Carrots are really a great additive to your dog’s daily meal. Broccoli is another veggie that adds alot of phytochemicals and nutrients that your dog’s body can benefit from. *Spinach and broccoli are high in oxalate and shouldn’t be given to dogs that form calcium oxalate stones. Cooked veggies are easier than raw for dogs to digest. You can also puree the veggies in your blender for easier digestion as well.
- Don’t be afraid of fruits such as apples and bananas. But again, if your dog forms calcium oxalate stones; you have to take the oxalate content of the fruits into consideration before feeding it to your dog.
- When it comes to meat tablescraps for dogs; a great leftover would be the salmon filet you were going to toss; providing it doesn’t have a sauce on it. Meat that’s been lightly sauteed in olive oil (not too spicy) is another good choice. NEVER GIVE BURNT OR BLACKENED MEAT TO YOUR DOG!
- Avoid giving your dog foods such as ham, cheese, butter, gravies, sauces, creams, mashed potatoes and other rich foods.
- Never give your dog fried foods. Avoid giving anything salty or spicy such as pepperoni.
- Pasta is o.k. with a tiny bit of olive oil, but no tomato sauce.
- Well cooked brown rice (not instant), sweet potatoes and white potatoes either baked or boiled are o.k.
- NO sweets such as cake, pie, cookies and candy (especially no chocolate). Stick with his own treats which can be pretty good these days.
A good rule of thumb to follow regarding tablescraps for dogs is to keep the foods healthy and simple. It’s when we start adding sauces, creams, cheeses, gravies, spices, marinades and other rich foods such as ham and mashed potatoes, that dogs end up with Pancreatitis. Keep it wholesome!
Can you add anything to the above list of tablescraps for dogs?
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