Vets say no to table scraps but we say DEFINITELY YES, Sometimes.....
What dog does not love a piece of steak, some peanut butter or melon?
If it does not harm them then why are Vets so opposed to us giving our beloved pooch’s an occasional treat?
4 reasons vets are against table scraps
1. Too much fat in sauces or meats can cause pancreatitis and excessive weight gain
2. Dogs might like table scraps better and not eat their dog food which is necessary because it's complete and balanced
3. Some dogs have sensitive digestive tracts or food allergies and even a bit of a new treat can cause diarrhea or vomiting
4. Some foods like raisins, chocolate, seeds or pits from fruits, walnuts, grapes, garlic, avocados, and onions are all toxic
4 reasons to give your dog table scraps (If your dog does not have digestive issues)
1. Vegetables like Kale, Carrots, Broccoli (cooked) and fruits like Apples are brimming with vitamins and antioxidants and many dogs love them. With almost 50% of dogs getting cancer over the age of 10, why not?
2. Can you imagine eating the same food day in day out for many years with no variety? Your dog shouldn’t have to!
3. Food can also be natures medicine cabinet. Cooked Egg contains Vitamin A, selenium, Iron and B-12 and help with muscle development. Fresh cooked Salmon contains EFAs which support the immune system, heart, and healthy skin and coat
4. Grain filled store-bought treats are full of unnecessary calories and cause weight gain.
So here’s the deal. Don’t go out and load up your dog with all these foods (treats) at once. Try a little bit of new food in a day and see how well they digest it the following day. Also, you should not give more than 10% of your dog's current dog food calories as treats or you will develop an obese dog. You can search online for healthy foods for dogs as treats and there are lots of them.
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