We’ve all been there before – you’re sitting at the dinner table with your family and you feel a little nudge on your leg. You look down and beneath the table, you see the family dog. Their puppy eyes catch your glance and your heart melts. You feel the urge to give your dog some of your food. While the food you are sharing with your dog may not be considered harmful, it could cause possible physical and behavioral problems in the long run.
Keeping Scraps Safe
In a few weeks, the whole family will all be around the table again enjoying a delicious holiday meal. You might want to share the joy and give your little Santa’s helper a piece or two to enjoy. Instead of giving them these right off of your plate, supply your guests with some dog-friendly treats that they can give your dog instead of the human food from your plate. Know though, that it is okay to give your dog table scraps. Just be sure that they are healthy, low calorie, low salt, and low fat so that your dog can enjoy many years of life along your side.
Some dog-friendly table scraps are:
- Leans bits of cooked turkey, beef, pork, or fish without the skin and bones
- Raw vegetables other than onions or garlic. Good choices are carrots, celery, lettuce, and cabbage hearts
- Cooked vegetables without butter and salt
- Plain raw pumpkin
- Peanut butter is ok, but it is very oily and high in calories so give sparingly
What Scraps Should You Avoid?
Talk to your vet about your specific pet needs and stock foods that you know are safe. In addition to high amounts of salts and sugar, you should avoid salty foods. Too much salt can cause excessive thirst, urination, and in some cases, sodium ion poisoning.
Some table scraps you should avoid are:
- Anything starchy (bread, potatoes, and pasta)
- Macadamia nuts
- Raw meat
- Turkey skin/ chicken skin
Table Scraps That Are Okay But Need to Limit
These table scraps are okay to give to your dog in moderation. The following foods are pet-friendly and low in fat and sugar and to be given to your dog but limited:
- Sweet potatoes
- Green beans
Now you may know that some foods are safe and healthy for dogs to eat, while others are harmful and could possibly be deadly. All foods should be introduced to your dog gradually so you can monitor for any type of reaction. Even if a food is safe to give to your dog, it’s best to give in moderation. This can prevent weight gain and other negative effects. Nevertheless, it can be enjoyable to give your dog a treat every so often. Just make sure that you only give them foods that are non-toxic.
Always remember that if you aren’t comfortable with your dog being at home with the rest of the family, feel free to give us a call at the Barking Lot today. We offer dog boarding and daycare in Deerfield, IL. Contact us today!