Think Twice Before Giving Your Dog Table Scraps

There may not be a smell more enjoyable to your dog than dinner cooking, and many dogs will run into the kitchen in hopes of eating the food that you are preparing. You may be familiar with your dog watching your every move from the beginning of your dinner preparation to the moment when you serve it to your family at the table. While his sweet eyes may tempt you to give him a sample, you should think twice before indulging him. The digestive system of dogs is quite different from that of humans, which is why feeding your dog table scraps can lead to stomach distress. Certain foods can lead to very serious issues, including death. 5 Points Animal Hospital wants your dog to live a long and healthy life, so we would like to share with you some of the reasons why you should consider feeding him a healthy diet that does not include table scraps.

Why are table scraps so harmful to dogs?

According to Senior Dog Lovers, the fat content in many human foods is much higher than your dog’s digestive system is able to handle. When your dog eats too much fat, it slows down his digestion process. This can make your dog lethargic and unwilling to move around. I can also lead to weight problems that can negatively affect his health. Eating table scraps can also cause digestive distress such as constipation or diarrhea. Another concern involves the possibility of choking, especially if you give your dog leftover bones. Chicken bones can be particularly dangerous since they become brittle when cooked and can splinter in your dog’s throat, stomach, and intestines.

Which foods are toxic to dogs?

A very serious concern regarding feeding your dog table scraps has to do with certain foods being deadly when ingested by him. You should never feed your dog grapes, raisins, peaches, persimmons, plums, onions, garlic, chocolate, corn on the cob, or macadamia nuts as these can be poisonous to canines. You should also refrain from ever giving your dog any foods with high-fat content to avoid severe gastric distress.

What type of diet should I feed my dog?

5 Points Animal Hospital recommends that you provide your dog with a well-balanced diet that has been specifically prepared for dogs. There is a wide variety of healthy brands of dog food available, but it is helpful to know exactly what to look for when choosing a type of food. You want to find a diet that is higher in natural fats and meat-based proteins from a named animal source and lower in carbohydrates. The food should also provide the essential vitamins and minerals and be free of preservatives and artificial flavors and colorings.

If you are unsure of the best diet for your dog, 5 Points Animal Hospital can give you suggestions of the right type of food for his particular health condition. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a nutritional consultation with our professional veterinary staff that will keep your dog healthy and happy.

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