We have all done it. Our cute, little furry friend is practically smiling at us from beneath the kitchen table, ears perked and tail wagging. We know what our dog is after. Just a tiny tidbit from dinner would be delightful, right? What could it hurt? It is just a bite or two after all.
Hold Fido's ears so he won't hear this. A dog's diet really should not contain table scraps. People’s food is just that...for people. A dog's nutritional needs are not the same as a human's. Sure, we eat some of the same things, but feeding your pet from the table is one of the biggest mistakes. A dog's diet doesn't require all the added goodies we put into our meals.
People have problems with obesity. A dog can have this problem, as well. If your dog's diet consists mostly of scraps from the dinner table, chances are high that your dog will have trouble maintaining a healthy weight. Even an increase of few pounds can really make a difference in the quality and length of your pet's life. Curb the begging and stick to your guns, specially if a dog is not a picky eater, it can be tempting to let your pet be the garbage disposal in the home.
Certain people’s foods can harm your dog and should never be a part of your dog's diet. Grapes, chicken bones, popcorn and permitting large quantities of chocolate can be dangerous that may lead to sickness and death.
A poor diet even shows up out in the yard, your pet's outputs will be greater in size, smell, and mess. The benefits of choosing a healthy diet for your dog will be noticeable in your pet's health, as well as, during those walks around the block.
There are a few occasions when a supplement or treat from the kitchen may be alright, but never in excess. Talk to your veterinarian about healthy snacks for your dog's diet. If you simply must continue feeding Fido at the table, many vets recommend you give your pet ice cubes or pieces of carrot to munch on between scheduled feeding times. Providing your pet with these healthy alternatives to pizza and cupcakes gives you the freedom to choose a healthy and nutritious snack for your dog's diet.
So, the next time your beloved pet starts eyeing your grub, redirect his or her attention. Don't reach for your fatty steak or chicken leg. Instead, toss your buddy a cool, refreshing ice cube to bat around and munch on. A couple of baby carrots will keep Fido happy and leave you feeling good about your choices for the nutritional value of your dog's diet. You will know that you are doing your best to maintain a high-quality diet for your pet. Verdict is out that table scraps is a Big Nay!