What Happens to a Dog Who Eats Table Scraps?

by Axl J. Amistaadt
Occasional bits of dog-friendly people foods are okay.

Occasional bits of dog-friendly people foods are okay.

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If your dog’s regular diet is nutritionally balanced and complete, tossing him an occasional healthy table scrap won’t hurt him. Still, doggie over-indulgence in tasty people foods can complicate your lives.

Hello, Fatty

Feeding excessive table scraps may cause canine obesity. A dog who regularly eats too much fatty people food doesn’t consume a balanced diet, which can cause poor health. Gorging on significantly increased amounts of fatty table scraps can result in acute pancreatitis.

Are You Going to Finish That?

If you avoid junk foods such as chips, candy, fries and pizza, you can permit healthy treats occasionally. Canines enjoy bits of low-fat cooked meats, fresh fruits, steamed veggies, and plain cooked rice, potatoes or oatmeal. Offer wholesome table scraps after Fido eats his regular daily ration. Allow no more than 10 percent of his regular diet in scraps. Feeding your dog scraps from the table can foster bad habits such as begging or turning his nose up at his regular healthy ration.

Taboo Tidbits

Many people foods are bad, dangerous or toxic to canines. Never allow fatty meat scraps. Cow’s milk products can cause upset tummy and diarrhea. Broken, jagged cooked bones can pierce esophageal or gastrointestinal walls. Don’t offer candy, chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, fatty foods, yeast dough, Xylitol sweeteners, onions, garlic, corn on the cob, grapes, raisins, avocados, macadamia nuts or currants.

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About the Author

Pets and pet rescue are my greatest passions -- followed closely by global wildlife and our environment -- and I have done extensive research on pet and wildlife rescue, fostering, adoption, etc. on their behalf. I was a Florida State Wildlife Rehab Agent for a number of years. I currently specialize in locating online sites where part or all of the proceeds from the items that are purchased are donated to rescued animals in North American shelters, sanctuaries and preserves. I write material designed to entice and encourage shoppers to frequent these sites, many of which offer huge selections of all sorts of merchandise.{{}}