Sharing “People” Food

In the not-so-distant past, people would scrape all their leftovers into a pan for the dog. Today, we know that a dog’s nutritional needs are different from our own. Table scraps don’t provide the minerals and vitamins dogs need, lead to obesity and can even be toxic. Yet, some “people” food such as lean meat, fresh veggies and fruit, can enhance your dog’s diet. The key to sharing “people” food with your dog? Moderation.

Sharing “People” Food

Avoid feeding your dog at the table. This can lead to unwanted begging. Give him treats away from the table and ask him to do a trick before giving him the food.

Give your dog small amounts of new food. Introduce a new food every few days so you can recognize the cause of any digestive upsets.

Know which type of food you are giving your dog, such as meat, carbs, fats or fibers. This will help you balance her calorie intake.

Don’t give your dog “people” food if he doesn’t eat his regular kibble.

Don’t overdo it. Giving your dog extra treats adds calories and too many calories can lead to disease. Try cutting back on your dog’s regular meals to compensate for any treats. Also, watch out for smaller dogs. Only a few extra calories can cause weight gain.

“People” Food for Dogs

Just like humans, dogs will become ill if they eat too much fat, carbs or calories. Some “people” foods, however, benefit a dog’s nutritional needs when given in moderation.

Yogurt provides calcium, protein and probiotics. Look for sugar- and fat-free options.

Pumpkin adds fiber to keep the GI tract moving.

• Sweet potatoes, which can be sliced and dehydrated, contain fiber, vitamins B6 and C, and magnesum.

Salmon and herring offer omega-3 fatty acids.

Green beans, with vitamins K and C, magnesum and fiber, can be substituted for some of your dog’s kibble to control weight,

Eggs provide a very digestible protein boost.

Apples, but not the seeds which contain cyanide, give a crunchy treat of vitamins A and C, plus fiber.

Popcorn, with no butter or salt, contains potassium, magnesium and calcium.

Rice, an easily digested carb, helps settle a dog’s upset tummy.

Cottage cheese, high in calcium, adds extra protein.

Extra Special Treats

In addition to the “people” food above, you can share marshmallows and ice cream with your dog for special occasions. Remember, moderation is key!

“People” Food Not Okay for Dogs

The following foods, some in low amounts, can make your dog very sick. No matter how much your dog begs, do not give in!

• Chocolate

• Grapes

• Raisins

• Onions

• Garlic

• Avocado

• Raw meat, fish and eggs

• Macadamia nuts

• Alcohol

• Coffee and tea

For more information on you dog’s nutritional needs, please visit Dawg Gone Good. We carry quality foods and treats your dog will love!

Legal Disclaimer

This post is for informational purposes only and should not be substituted for a vet’s professional diagnosis and treatment.

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