There are many reasons as to why you shouldn’t be feeding your dog table scraps. Oily and fatty foods can lead to health problems such as diarrhea, vomiting and more severe issues such as pancreatitis.
There are several foods that are toxic to animals such as onion, garlic, leeks, chives and shallots. Ingesting a large amount of these foods can be fatal.
Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in candy, chewing gum and other products is among the deadliest items for dogs. Even the smallest amount can cause a severe drop in blood sugar along with liver failure and seizures.
If you suspect that your dog has consumed Xylitol, take them to the emergency vet immediately.
Aside from these issues, feeding your dog with table scraps can also cause them to develop a preference for this food and refuse to eat regular dog food.
You should never feed your dog foods such as fries, pizza or candies as treats. Only provide your dog with healthy foods.
If you like giving your dog ‘people’ food, keep everything in moderation. Dogs also have a required daily calorie requirement.
Cooked bones are among the worst types of leftovers to give to your dog. Chicken bones are dangerous because they can cause choking, but that also applies to all types of cooked bones. They can splinter easily and lodge themselves in your dog’s intestines, causing death.
Dogs are not trash cans. Leftovers generally consist of food that we don’t want to eat ourselves and can include; fat, bone, gristle etc. Those pieces of your meal aren’t good for you and won’t be good for your dog either. Veterinary hospitals have the highest rate of dogs presenting with pancreatitis the day after Thanksgiving.
Remember, if it’s not good enough for you to eat, it’s not good enough for your dog either.