Is Feeding Table Scraps Okay?
March 7, 2012 in Dog Nutrition
Few dogs in this world have gone through their entire lives without ever once sampling a piece of “people food.” It’s really tempting to give in to the soulful eyes of your best friend as he presses up to you, but are table scraps okay for your dog?
Like most of the bigger questions in the dog world, the answer is more complicated than a simple yes or no. It all depends on what those scraps consist of, how much, and when.
Onions, grapes (and their dried version raisins), and chocolate should never be fed to your dog. These foods are highly toxic and can cause symptoms ranging from discomfort to death, depending on how much is ingested.
Feeding table scraps can also cause both begging and obesity. Never feed your dog at the table, especially if he begins nuisance behaviors such as crowding or trying to snatch at your plate. Dogs should also not be fed foods that are plainly unhealthy. Don’t feed him pizza, big macs, or huge bowls of ice cream. If it’s not good for you, it’s probably not good for your dog.
There are a lot of unhealthy side effects to feeding table scraps, so if they’re so unhealthy, why feed them?
When handled correctly, they aren’t unhealthy. In fact, studies have shown that lactating bitches given table scraps have puppies with fewer skin allergies than dogs who were fed only commercial dog foods. If your diet is healthy, offering your dog a sample of what’s on the table won’t hurt it. Particularly good choices include lean meats, steamed vegetables, and plain potatoes or rice.
What do you think of feeding dogs table scraps? Why?