Any dog owner knows the feeling, the pup is looking at you eating with those eyes and you just want to treat them to some of the deliciousness you are eating. But we’ve all been told that too many table scraps, or any at all in some cases, are not good for our four legged friend.
So what do you do if you want to treat you dog? What foods are okay and what foods aren’t; and how much if any is alright?
Veterinarian Dr. Danielle Bernal spoke with Fox News and said that there are certain foods you CAN safely feed your dog from what you’re eating at the table. But does warn that you have to be careful about the types of foods, as some may contain hidden ingredients that are toxic to dogs.
“There are certain foods that are acceptable to feed your dog if he is begging at the kitchen table, but many can contain artificial sweeteners or hidden ingredients like onions, garlic, or residue from specific nuts that can be toxic to dogs — which is why it is always best to feed Fido dog food over anything else!” the vet said.
What are these foods to avoid?
Chocolate is at the top of the list. Chocolate contains theobromine, which, like caffeine, is toxic to dogs. This is one any dog owner should know.
Uncooked eggs or fish are also bad for your dog, as are onions, garlic, grapes, and cooked bones – which are more likely to splinter and cause oral or internal injury.
But also on the outs are fatty foods you might think are okay, like bacon, as these fatty foods can cause gastrointestinal upsets and pancreatitis. “Plus, dogs have unique nutritional needs — one small piece of bacon for them is the equivalent caloric value of 13 pieces of bacon for humans,” said Bernal.
Some surprising items on that list? Then you may be curious as to what foods are OKAY to give the dog.
Fruits, vegetables and cooked meat is a simple answer. But to get more specific; carrots and apples are great options. Carrots can protect against cataracts and heart disease, while sweet apples support a healthy digestive system.
Lean, cooked meats like chicken, turkey and beef add protein to their diet, much like cooked eggs, which are also a good snack.
Cooked fish like salmon and fresh tuna, can boasts amino acids, Omega-3 fatty acids and protein; when given in moderation. Make sure the fish is deboned, and limit it to once or twice a week, maximum.
Now that you have an idea of what kinds of food are okay to give the dog, let’s talk how to keep them from begging while we treat them!
Bernal recommends mixing food scraps in with regular dog food, directly in the kibble bowl, to train dogs away from begging at the table. She also recommends you limit the amount of “human food” given to your furry friend. Not just so they don’t get into the habit of eating your food – but also because it isn’t great for their health.
“My recommendation is to make sure pet parents limit themselves when feeding their dog table scraps, as feeding too many scraps can disrupt their nutritional needs and calorie limits. Stick to feeding table scraps as 10-15 percent of your pup’s overall diet, and view it as giving them a special treat — not supplementing a full meal.”
Source: Fox News.