When it comes to table scraps for dogs, most people seem to be under the impression that all table scraps 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 table scraps 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.).
Table scraps 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.
What Happens to a Dog Who Eats Table Scraps?
- 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.
- Table scraps 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 feeding dogs table scraps; 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!
Are Table Scraps Bad for Dogs?
This is a very big question that table scraps are bad for dogs or not? Here are some suggestions for feeding dogs table scraps:
- 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 table scraps 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 table scraps for dogs?
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